Making Something Out Of Nothing
Well we have not been anywhere exciting. We are still in Georgetown. A package is coming in Thursday, and then we should be moving some where new and exciting.
The most exciting thing that has happened is, I ran over the painter (line on dingy), with the boat, which immediately wrapped around the prop shaft. Luckily Diane killed the engine quickly, but not before it did some damage. It wound around the shaft and manage to pull the engine almost off it mounts, it did in fact shear one mount's bolt in half. Which then allowed the engine to move out of alignment, and it started leaking a bit from the "dripless" seal on the shaft.
Well I get the small leak fixed, (first priority keep water outside the boat), then I start removing the broken mount. With a quick ask for advice on VHF, "Mane Bris" came back and told me he had a complete workshop on his boat. So I remove the mount and head for "Mane Bris"!
The thread on the mount is metric thread, and no metric bolts around that size. We have a glass of rum, and then Hal says, "I wonder"! he gets up and grabs a C-clamp laying on the work bench. It looks like the same thread, it is made in China, and so it's metric. I grab a hack saw and harvest the screw shaft, then I remember I need another nut, so more hacksaw work and now I have a nut and bolt, and Voila new engine mount. Gotta love making something from nothing! Sailors are good at making chicken salad out of chicken crap. ? Remember the definition of cruising is working on your boat in exotic places!!!!!!!!!!
03/03/07 23 30.280 W 75 45.866"N
We have to make the Hog Cay Cut by mid tide or there will be very little water there. So we leave at 0700 hrs. It is "Allez Cat", "Feral Cat", and us. The wind is 10-15 and the seas are 4-5, following. It is a great sail and we make the cut at mid tide, so no problems.
Averaged 7 knots for the entire 42 miles. Pulled in to Kidd's Cove, WOW it's crowded!
03/02/07 23 01.718"n:75 42.922W
Rolly night last night, the wind picked up and the surge started sneeking around the reef.
But this morning we pull out and discover a small rage between Jamaica and the next cays, about 7 miles. The seas are 10-12 just behind the beam! The wind is at 15-20 out of the southeast. Needless to say it was an adrenlin boost. But what a ride, we were surfing down ito the troughs and then not be able to see over the next wave!!!!!!!!!!
We make it across into the next lee, but the winds have remained the same. So we sailed at about 8 knts all day. I do like the new sails, we have had to start the engine for refrig and power chareing!