07 July 2013 | Onset, MA
We had a good time at Martha's, hobnobbing with the Ta Ta's. Molly said she never saw so many Hinkley's in one place. I got some good photos which I'll post the next time we have internet. We had some great seafood and wondered around looking in all the shops. We decided to go over to Falmouth on the mainland to see if we could find some reasonably priced fuel and move down to get ready for the Cape Cod Canal transit. The tides were right for passing through Wood's Hole in the afternoon so we busied ourselves with projects. One of mine was to figure out why the starting battery was losing charge. It is a new battery and should be bullet proof. I charge it with an Echo charger off the main house bank which in theory should prevent any discharge. I found that the 20 amp fuse in the line from the charger to the battery was blown and replaced it a promptly blew it again. I switched the house and starting battery together and heard a crackling noise and switched off quickly. The engine room was filled with smoke and I had Mol switch the batteries again while I watched and I saw fire behind the engine. Mol switched off again and the fire went out. As I investigated, I discovered the main ground cable from the starter and chafed against the engine and exposed the wire and shorted to the engine block. I t was a miracle that we discovered it when we did and not while under sail which might have allowed it to get out of control. I wrapped it in tape and reinforced it with gasket material. It seems like all is well now. I replaced the blown fuse and the charger is working normally. If all this stuff keeps happening, I'll have to write a book. We went over to Falmouth and saw even more beautiful people, and waited in line for fuel, but did get a reasonable price. From there we went over to Wood's Hole and shot through and were spit out into Buzzard's Bay. A motor sail up the bay brought us to the little town of Onset right before the canal. It's a delightful anchorage and we plan to leave at first light to catch the tide going through the canal. The tides cause currents of up to six knots in the canal. This place also is a remembrance for us of a dear couple we met when cruising before, who's boat was named Onset. They were from up this way and we had some great times with them . Tomorrow we will pass through the canal and over to Provincetown, which should supply us with a lot more stories.