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The fun times aboard Liquid Therapy. With - Susan and Brooke Smith

12 June 2022 | Coinjock Marina
10 June 2022 | Manteo Waterfront Marina
01 June 2022 | Anchorage Marina Ocracoke
31 May 2022 | Anchorage Marina
28 May 2022 | Manteo Waterfront Marina
26 October 2021 | Anchorage Marina, Ocracoke, NC
22 October 2021 | Coinjock Marina
15 June 2021 | Hudgins Horn Harbor Marina
15 June 2021 | Old Point Comfort Marina, Fort Monroe, VA
12 June 2021 | Atlantic Yacht Basin
12 June 2021 | Atlantic Yacht Basin
11 June 2021 | Atlantic Yacht Basin
09 June 2021 | Coinjock Marina
08 June 2021 | Manteo Waterfront Marina

Passage - Dudley’s Marina to Casper’s Marina, Swansboro, NC

14 November 2017 | Casper's Marina
Brooke Smith
Monday, November 1, 2017
1 mile 1.1 Engine Hours
Underway 12:12 PM
Docked 12:36PM Church St Dock ( Swansboro Parks & Recreation )
Underway 12:50PM
Docked 12:55PM Casper’s Marina face dock

What the heck? I try to start the engine yesterday and it turns over fine, but doesn’t fire on any cylinder. Very strange. Engine ran for almost 9 hours yesterday without a hiccup. And, now it will not start at all. When a diesel will not start it’s usually a fuel flow problem - clogged fuel filter - air leak? That sort of thing. But it was running fine when I turned it off yesterday. My trouble shooting processes bypass the fuel filter or air leak because the engine was running fine when I cut it off. I check the fuel cut off switch and it seems to be working fine. I try priming the system but there is no air to be purged from the system. I’m really at a loss for why the engine will not start and then I glance at the bowl of the port Racor fuel filter that the engine is using and it is filled with brown liquid. Diesel fueI is dyed red and the bowls are alway red when I look that them. I switch the Racor to the starboard filter and the engine starts right up. Wow, where did all that sludge and water come from? I was very lucky the engine didn’t die on me yesterday. I’m still perplexed that it did not. When we planned on crossing the Gulf Stream / Atlantic to the Bahamas in 2011 I had decided to put in the dual Racor fuel filter system. I pictured being about half way to the Bahamas and having the engine quitting due to a fuel filter getting clogged. When I first bought Liquid Therapy she had been sitting for a couple years and the fuel was in bad shape. I have only had the engine cut off one time due to a clogged filter. After that I changed filters about every 30 hours of running until I had nice clean red dyed fuel showing in the bowl of the filter. And after that I’ve changed the filters every 200 hours. During the routine filter change I’ve never seen any water in either Racor filter. This clogged filter has only 55 hours of engine time. So, where is the water crud coming from? It’s coming out of one or both fuel tanks. But, Im not sure why. I’ll just be checking the filters as my standard engine room check before we leave each morning. We have been running for about three days on just the starboard tank. So, that makes me suspicious. I’ll be running on both tanks today and it SHOULD be easier for the fuel pump to lift fuel from the good tank and leave the crud on the bottom of the bad tank. I’ll be getting fuel in South Carolina. Fresh fuel will not fix water in the bottom of any tank. But it will give me more in which ever tank has the problem unless??? Both tanks are fowled. Better stock up on filters.
Headed to Wrightsville Beach today. That is if the Onslow bridge is fixed. Lots of boats returned to Swansboro late yesterday afternoon as that bridge was broken. I see boats heading that direction and think I’ll get underway soon myself. Now let me go do the engine room check and get going.
Today’s picture is the liquid that I got out of the fuel filter bowl. The think red layer at the top is fuel. The sludge below that is water and who knows what else.
Hailing Port: DELTAVILLE, VA
Extra: Headed south fall 2017 to Miami and then the Bahamas
LIQUID THERAPY's Photos - Main
Pictures of our stay in Ocracoke
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Created 2 November 2015
Georgetown Marina, Osprey Marina and Barefoot Marina
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Created 15 April 2012
Isle of Hope April 7, 2012
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Created 8 April 2012
Passages from St. Augustine to Fernandina to South River Anchorage - Isle of Hope
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Created 5 April 2012
Pictures along the ICW from Titusville to Marineland
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Created 31 March 2012
The crossing March 24, 2012 from the West End, Bahamas to Fort Pierce, FL USA
11 Photos
Created 26 March 2012
Our last visit with the pigs and sea life of No Nam Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
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Created 20 March 2012
Nippers Bar, Beach,
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Created 18 March 2012
Our stay at Orchid Bay Marina and exploring the settlement
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Created 14 March 2012
Man O War Cay pictures
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Created 12 March 2012
Houses and buildings of Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas
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Created 5 March 2012
Trip to the southern end of Elbow Key with Donna Brierley & Ron Nicholas from the boat No-Snow
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Created 3 March 2012
A magical place. Kerosine light, hand wound lighthouse at Elbow Key, Abaco, Bahamas.
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Created 1 March 2012
Susan & Brooke's great adventure aboard Liquid Therapy
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Created 16 February 2012
Liquid Therapy - Pictures of Hollywood to Miami
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Created 19 December 2011
Travels from Beaufort NC to Hammock Bay, NC
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Created 15 November 2011
5 month cruise to Georgetown, Great Exuma, Bahamas
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Created 8 November 2011