The Outer Banks, Continued
20 October 2006 | Ocrakote
We're still in Ocrakote for two reasons; I am doing a repair to the fuel line and it's our favorite stop yet.
First the engine. I contacted a boatyard in Oriental, where we plan to go from here, and they are a Westerbeke dealer. I described the problem, and they said they'd order the part and install it Monday. But that would be in Oriental, so we need to get there. We can do it mainly by sailing, but we would have to motor some just to get out of here, down the 4 mile channel, or about one hour motoring, unless we were very lucky with the wind. So I turned my mind to a temporary repair. I have some epoxy that sounds like it would do, so I got it out, took off the part, cleaned it up and put the epoxy on. I will reinforce it with a clamp and some gasket material, and I think it will work. Then I got a call from the boatyard. The line runs from the lift pump to the fuel filter. The boatyard says their parts book doesn't show a lift pump! I said its there, and my manual even discusses it. So they want to look at it on Monday to decide what to do next. I'm beginning to look at my repair as potentially a permanent fix. I discovered the cause, chafing against a steel clamp, and have corrected that, so if it works, it may be permanent! Tomorrow will tell. In the meantime, I have cleaned up the bilge and bought replacement absorbent pads, just in case.
But, as I say, we are really enjoying Ocrakote, and would have stayed in any case. Yesterday we biked all around. It reminds us of Belize a great deal. We biked to the beach and watched people surf fishing, then past the airport that looks like it belongs in Placencia, Belize, then bought a few supplies, including some for my repair job. In the evening we went to an open air restaurant for dinner. I had Lump Crab, and Jeannie had a Vietnamese style fish. Both were excellent! Today I did my repair job on the fuel line, and will leave it to harden and install it tomorrow. For lunch we took the dinghy in to a waterfront restaurant where I had a fish sandwich and Jeannie had some sort of chicken dish. Again both were excellent. In the afternoon I did a couple of boat jobs while Jeannie looked around. Then we had Gellatto as it is, like yesterday, a hot day, about 26C. We bought some fish (neither of us can remember its name) that we will grill for dinner, with a crabcake for an appetizer. And tomorrow we test the repair, and are off to the mainland!