Finally in the water
05 August 2013 | PIERS MARINA - PHILADELPHIA
After 20 months on the hard, repairing, replacing, renewing - Kodachrome is finally in the water and I've become a full time liveaboard.
Boat was launched a week ago today, the engine started right up BUT did not run. Had some water in the fuel tank, so much for moving the boat on the launch date. Managed to pump out the water and about 3 gallons of diesel. Replaced the filters, bleed the system and she started right up, ran great for about 2 hours and all seemed good!
I missed my window of opportunity to leave Riverside for Philly as I have to enter Piers Marina at dead high tide due to the bad silting problem there. Went to the fuel dock took on 10 gallons and then returned to the c dock to wait till tomorrow ( Tuesday) to try again.
Tuesday came- engine started, ran for about 10 minutes and died again. Checked the fuel and it was a very milky pink in color. Somehow- ( not saying but have an idea) had a tank of total water contaminated diesel.
Again didn't get to leave- took a slip for the week to wait till this past Saturday.
Saturday started pumping out some of the bad diesel- took out about 6 gallons - still milky! Have a feeling my whole tank is totally bad. Took my jerry can to a gas station that had diesel fuel- took on 5 gallons- should be more than enough to get to Philly.
Re routed the fuel line to the jerry can , started right up, ran for about an hour and then left Riverside with my friend Karen. Was a little worried that the engine might die but at this point I didn't care as I took out tow insurance with TowBoat US, I was determined to get to Philly.
After 3 hours we arrived at exactly dead high tide at Philly tied to the t dock to await a slip assignment in the next week or 2. Home- now will be here for 3 years as I finish the boat.