Heading for Pohnpei.
29 December 2012 | on the water again
We're now heading fr Pohnpei in FSM to get our engine fixed. Much larger place than Kosrae and they even have a small marina. We've made several radio connections with other cruisers and have joined a radio net with the people in Pohnpei. They have taken us under their wing and are making arrangements for us to have a slip and a boat come out and tow us in if necessary. They are also contacting Immigrations, etc, to see if they can check us in at the marina instead of us having to make a stop at the commercial dock as is the custom. We have another couple of boat that are giving me information on what I can do while still at sea(drain the oil and water, etc)to lessen the damage that the seawater is doing inside he engine(rust). I've pumped out another 20 liters of water and oil out of the pan and will try again later this afternoon to see if there is any more oil and water in the engine. I've closed the through hull that normally supplies water to the engine so if there is more, it's coming from some where else. Winds died off yesterday and I would be surprised if we made 80 miles. We did 144 the day before. There is a front coming through about the time we are set to arrive with winds forecasted to be in the 20-30 knot range and 3-4 meter seas so it will be less than pleasant. Weather changes out here quickly so we will see what we face when we get closer to Pohnpei(about 850 miles to go. Stay tuned.