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Almost back to normal in Bermuda
11/10/2009, Bermuda

So, for those of you watching at home, what I learned yesterday was that water (sea or any other kind) and diesel injectors do not mix. After replacing the 4 injectors ( lucky i carry spares) the engine started right up. We were able to charge the batteries and get life on board back to something like normal.
I have sent the old ones back to the US to get rebuilt. They dont do injectors in Bermuda. To ship things out of here and then get them back in the country even for "yachts in transit" only takes a few stops at a few customs offices. Lucky they speak english here.
Trying to get the boat cleaned up and the diesel smell out of it. Fixing leaks i didnt know I had. It's not good for crew moral for them to find that half of the waves they have been pounding into on their 4 hour watch is in their bunks. I think that is fixed now. Next, to tackle the toilet and then get the Genoa repaired where the Sun cover has started to come off. I did get my laundry done today. Only 15 bucks for 2 loads. I think I may get that 5 gallon pail over at the hardware store.
Luckily for me Paul has taken over the cooking and I always have a hot cup of coffee and he's good company. He even made egg salad for lunch while i was in town this morning. what a guy. I have been able to concentrate getting the boat fixed.
We're starting to look at next weeks weather for the trip to St MArtin. It's about 800 miles due South. For all you sailors out there, which way is the wind forecasted to blow next week? It's not a trick question.
More when I know it....

11/10/2009 | Bob H
Hi Al

Glad to see you got the Iron Wind running. Have you been able to determine how the water got by the water separating filter (Racor)? Can you tell if the water in the fuel tanks is fresh (condensation/rain) or seawater? Is it possible for seawater to enter the tank vents (or get by the fill cap o-ring) in a seaway?

How is the generator installation going?

We enjoy following your adventure and hope your next leg is less "exciting".

Bob & Sue H
11/10/2009 | Paul Bryan
Alan, Glad to hear you're getting things back to normal. Wind and solar working? We read of a few boats that left the day after you did, where one turned back damaged, and the other hove to for 24 hrs. Must have been a fun ride.
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.

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