A Good Plan Gone Awry
10 November 2018
After a good run from Carolina Beech to Charleston we were looking forward to the next hop down the coast to Brunswick GA. However, while doing a routine check on the engine I discovered that a bearing was shot on our raw water pump. That's the pump that draws in sea water and circulates it through the heat exchanger to cool the engine, sort of like a rad on a car. Not to worry, I had spares parts which had been sent on ahead to friends in Georgia. So once we retrieved those I had a shop install the new kit; however,they warned me that the pump shaft was badly scored and might leak. I reinstalled the pump this morning and it pumps like crazy, but it leaks, actually it drips while running but it is a concern. We could move on but common sense says stay here and install a new pump on Monday.
If you have to be stuck somewhere, Charleston is as good a place as any, although it has turned cold again. We left the marina and are anchored right across the channel in front of it for now and plan on relocating a few miles down the ICW tomorrow to visit with Jimmy Pyke. In the meantime there is no shortage of action around. The Saturday afternoon sailing races started just above the anchorage and it was quite a sight as they roared through the anchored boats under full spinnaker. It was even more exciting for our neighbour as a J 24 hooked his anchorline, nor harm no foul and off they went.
Last night we met another couple (Mike and Julie) for dinner whom we had met in the Bahamas during our last trip. Actually Julie baked a birthday cake for Lana and I in Thompson Bay.We had a great dinner and it was fun catching up with each other and making new plans for this winter. With any luck we'll be out of here late Monday but more likely Tuesday morning.
Today's picture is of a gorgeous 3 masted yacht at the marina.