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Sunday in Bermuda
11/08/2009, Bermuda Harbour

Everybody has been asking for an update. We decided to move from the achorage along side a wall with large black tires on it. Not pretty, but I did not want to become a pinball if the weather turned nasty again. We've been sailing on and off the anchor enough times without recharging the windlass battery I was becoming concerned I might not be able to the next time. Trying to pick up 150 feet of chain in a blow and a 24000 lb boat would not be good for my back. So, the mechanic will be here Monday. I gave up trying to bleed the engine and wearing the batteries down and taking them to be charged and waiting around 3/4s of a day for them. Only problem is, the house bank is down to a little less the 12 volts and I have a freezer fuill of Beckies homestyle cooking in there for the next leg. So i am out trying to find another boat that has a portable generator. No joy so far. Erik leaves today. He's been a god send in terms of sailing around tight places with no engine. Has taught Paul and I a great deal. Good company besides. Otis from Sodus..... More when I know it. a

11/08/2009 | Mike Dwyer
Wow Alan,
Your usually the one fixing our boats, sorry for your problems. I guess the generator is not running yet.
Bermuda Update
11/06/2009, Bermuda

Just a quick update. Still no engine. Can't properly charge the batteries to turn the enjine over fast enough to bled it. We're working on a solution. In the meantime, we're getting good at sailing off a draging anchor in 20+ knots of wind and resetting it under sail. We've done it twice now and it's like we might be doing it again soon. Hope the windlass battery holds up.
So i guess there's a silver lining here someplace.

11/06/2009 | Mom
just to keep you up to date on Irondiquoit Politics
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11/06/2009 | joanne
chin up.. you at least have warm weather. It has been snowing here, not a lot but winter isn't far off now.
11/06/2009 | Capt. Paul
Just a thought....find a way to get some fuel container as high above the engine as possible, like in the cockpit, and let gravity work for you in the bleed process. Inverted water bottle maybe, with a hose spliced into your fuel line. I have a lift pump, and always wondered how I would bleed without it. Maybe a hand pump of some sort.
If it makes you feel any snowed here the other night. Take care.
SV KellyNicole
11/07/2009 | joanne
Its Saturday night and haven't heard anything from you in since your last post am getting a bit worried. How are you fairing? Would appreciate an update so we don't worry.
11/08/2009 | Alexa
Person at Bar: And where does your dad live?
Me: Bermuda I think, but I'd have to check his blog.
We made it
11/05/2009, Bermuda

We made it to Bermuda in 4 and 1/2 days. The last night we had N to NE winds 22 gusting to 32. Had to hand steer due to energy conservation. The engine would not start and I was afaid we'd run out of power for the electronics. So we hand steered and turned the chartplotter on every couple of hours. Sailed into the town cut in high winds, dark and rain. Now that is a dark and stormy. Customs made us drag the the dinghy and motor out from under a ton of shit to dinghy in to their office in the dark and windy and rainy lagoon. Still can't get it started and we had to dinghy in the batteries to get them charged.... so far no fun. Han't slept in a few days.... more when I get my head out of my ass. Sorry for the down blog.
Other than that having a ball wish you were here.

11/05/2009 | joanne
Sounds like you had a trying passage. You all deserve a few days rest and relaxation. Bummer about your engine. Probably the last thing you would have thought would cause you problems.I hope you get the engine sorted without too much difficulty.
Sleep well and enjoy Bermuda.
11/06/2009 | Chuck Phillips
Well it was good to see you made it in one piece more or less. Did you find out what was wrong with the motor? Make sure you look to see what made that belt shred, alignment? Did those pucks work?
Take care

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