28-May-2008, Fort Pierce, FL
Just a quick update... Eric, the long awaited mechanic, was here on Monday (yes, he did indeed come out on Memorial Day!) and took off our diesel injection pump. Even with the pump and its counterparts in the engine in full view, we could not come up with any diagnosis that would explain all the different phenomena/strange engine behaviors we experienced on our way here. What seemed particularly puzzling was that our prime suspect, the control rack that the stop solenoid engages with, was not stuck but moved rather freely after we had full access to it. Hence it was decided to take the pump to an injection shop for a closer look. The shop's diagnosis after full disassembly of the pump: 3 of 4 plunger springs were disintegrating due to corrosion - a bit of a (nasty) surprise. On the positive side this does explain all of the engine's behavior in the recent past and makes a plausible root cause for all evil. Unfortunately, it also means we will only get the overhauled pump back on Friday or Saturday, so no departure before the weekend...
Namani in Space - New Photos and VideosMarkus
25-May-2008, Fort Pierce, Florida
While we're still waiting for an engine repair (which will hopefully be completed tomorrow), we have time to upload some new material - including the photo above from our visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. The new album in the photo gallery (see link on the right) is called "Puerto Rico to Florida".
Florida (yes - Florida)Nana
18-May-2008, Fort Pierce
Hard to believe how our actual route has diverged from the original plan ... but plans are made to be broken, right? In the past 2 weeks we covered a lot of water - over 1000 miles since leaving Puerto Rico - and experienced a few small mishaps along the way, but also some great sailing.
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Namani at Sea Impression