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All in a days work
11/11/2009, Bermuda

For anyone keeping track of the weather here, it's been crap. The wind has been blowing 20 to 25 knots for the past few days. It's expected to be the same for another 2 days. Throw in the rain and it's a paradise. This morning we needed water and we need to take down the genoa but Ive been stern to the wind which makes the sail removal a bit of an under taking. Plus there is no hose at this end of the wharf. So in all this rain and wind, we moved the boat. Plus I was asked to move because a 70 foot boat wanted my space. The yard manager, Francis, who looks like the Marlboro man came by to help. I think he is a yachty who came to the island 30 years ago and never left. I suspect he wears his chaps at night.
So the boat is moved, head to wind this time and when the rain stops we can water up and westle the sail down.
In the mean time, I am still polishing fuel at a rate of about 60 gallons an hour. After 4 hours I get a pint of water. More polishng to do.
I remounted the toilet after consulting with Beckie to make sure the height is OK (She has a makeup mirror mounted at a certain height). So the toilet is now rock solid for the next crew. Wondered why I travel with an 8 foot piece of 1 inch angle We also replaced the float in the shower sump.
All in a days work.....So i guess now it's time for a nap.

11/13/2009 | Capt Walnut
Hi Alan. Hi Paul.

Glad you got the engine running. I have a set of good used injectors for a W60 that I could send. (Is yours a W60, or W58?) I just took my boat to a mechanic to see if I should replace mine, as they have been used for years, but he said to leave them alone. he also said he could "pop" test them for parrter for $20 each, so maybe we could do that to your old ones to see if they really need to be rebuilt (often over $100 each).

If you have time to kill, go to Hamilton, and find the wine bar. It is in a narrow alley extending up the hill from the ferry landing on the left, up and across from a very nice coffee shop. Very cool feel to the place. Take the commuter ferry if you can, it is more fun and much faster than the bus. Weekdays only.

skype me sometime.
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.

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