Injection Pump Installed
13 August 2014
The great fuel pump installation issue is resolved. After about ten hours of working on the engine, most of which was trying to wedge my carcass in the space, only to find I had the wrong size socket, I managed to install the almost famous fuel pump. I did take my time not to damage bolts and fittings and that might have doubled the time it took to do the job. In the absence of any mechanics willing to do the deed, I had no choice but to learn yet another skill in this life. The moment came to test whether or not the original timing shim was correct or not. It started and ran fine. So, the only item yet to complete is for the rigger to go up the mast and tighten the mid stays. It is a bit ironic that we have had a slip rented in two places for the past two months without using either due to the fuel pump issue. I now know I could have saved time to simply do the job myself although I was concerned about the timing issue.
So, by the end of this week, Why Knot will be waiting for crew to sail the last 150 miles to complete the four year circle. It is fitting that the sea water is warm, the breezes are from the southeast and the mosquitoes are forming up to intercept Why Knot.