Break in and clean up
16 April 2013 | Kolonia, Pohnpei, FSM
Sunny with some clouds
Today was break in the engine day. We started at 800rpm for 30 minutes, then 900rpm for 30 minutes, then 1000rpm for an hour, then 1200 rpm for an hour. Up to 1400 for two hours and finally 1500 for the final 4 hours. A long day with the sweet sound of an engine running though our boat. What a change after 13 weeks of nothing. We just shut if off(1915hours).
We spent much of the day getting ready for our sea trials that start tomorrow. We took a short break late in the morning and headed to town to get our permits to go to Ant Atoll, about 25 miles from here. The cost==$25.00 for the boat and $10.00 for each person on board! $45.00 for a one day stop. We booked a second on Sunday so if this trip works out as planned, we will be back here late Thursday for the first maintenance of the engine. Valves adjusted, and cylinder head bolts tightened. Oil changed and fuel filters changed. Inspect this and check that. Lots of inspecting. During the run today, we still have some smoke out the back along with some diesel fuel on the water. It's going to take some time to get her all broken in again. It just takes time.
As the engine ran, we did lots of preparation for the trip. Being here for over three months, we have settled into the marina and with the insides being all torn up, not much was where it was supposed to be. So the day was spent just straightening up everything from the deck to the cockpit to the entire insides. Tracy spent a great deal of Sunday just working on the forward section inside the boat. We can now get to the forward head without tripping over boxes, blankets and parts. It's become like home again instead of a total mess.
So, tomorrow in the morning, we will be heading out to Ant Atoll. Motor running and sail a flying. Spend a night(maybe even swim!) and then come back Thursday morning. Tuneup starts Friday early in the morning.
We're getting there!!