The Voyages of s/v Lucky Bird

21 August 2019 | Straits Marina, Mackinaw City
06 August 2019 | Village of Brockport
30 July 2019
27 July 2019
21 June 2019 | Wickford Cove Marina
20 May 2019 | Antlantic Yacht Basin
13 May 2019 | Homer Smith Marina, final Salty Dawg Destination
21 April 2019 | Frenchtown, St. Thomas V.I. Easter Celebration
20 April 2019 | Brewers Bay, St. Thomas VI
11 April 2019 | Nanny Cay Marine, Tortola, BVI
28 March 2019 | Green Cay Marina, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
25 March 2019
24 February 2019 | Jolly Harbor Marina, Antigua

Saga of the Fuel Tank

26 April 2009
This picture is explained a little further into this storey. I haven't discovered how to control where images are inserted. In any event this is the First Mate hugging her newly recondition fuel tank just before it was set back in its home.

It turned out the bottom of the fuel tank was slowing rusting through near the foward edge. After the boat returned from the paint shop we noticed a small amount of diesel fuel in the space just below the engine. We cleaned it up and checked the fuel hose fittings and went home after one of our work sessions. The next time down again there was diesel fuel under the engine and this time a LOT more. Argg!!

I pulled the aft cabin floor boards and discovered a slow but persistence flow from under the tank. We had a leaking tank with about 20 gallons of fuel. Double argg!!

What insued next were the steps of emptying the tank; removing it; flipping it and discovering not one but two holes; unsuccessfully attempting to have a plate welded over the rusted areas; determining to fiberglas the tank; and finally cleaning the inside, painting the outside and dropping it back into its home.

The original builder had mounted the water separation filter on a bulkhead beside the tank under the aft berth. So I took this opportunity to relocate the filter to engine room where I can easily see the bowl at the bottom to check for water; where changing the filter will be far easier; at the same time I replaced the fuel supply and return lines.

I forgot to mention when I was looking for someone to weld a plate on the bottom, one fellow assured us he could do it if we filled the tank with water. We did go to the trouble of sealing the tank and filling it with water in anticipation of his emminent return. All calls went unanswered and he was never heard from again. So, before the water could freeze we had to empty the tank by running a hose from the tank, through the boat and out the thru-hull for the speed transducer. That's a triple arrg!!!
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Vessel Name: Lucky Bird
Vessel Make/Model: 1990 Moody 425 cc
Hailing Port: Kenosha, WI
Crew: Robert & Alice Smith
About:
Alice and I have spent considerable time together on the water; cruising and racing on the waters of New England, the Caribbean and Lake Michigan.

Sailing is our passion and together we've been fortunate to experience the thrills, the camaraderie and the enjoyment boating provides. [...]

We seek the freedom, excitement and challenges of voyaging.

Lucky Bird's Photos - Main
This is our second journey south to the Caribbean. This time we've chosen to exit Lake Michigan and proceed south through the in-land waterway system to Mobile. We'll start around Labor Day and take our time exploring the history of middle America.
207 Photos
Created 28 July 2017
30 Photos
Created 12 July 2013
101 Photos
Created 17 July 2012
Bob and Alice return to Lucky Bird after spending the summer in Addison.
31 Photos
Created 4 December 2010
Heading into the Windward Islands and further south
108 Photos
Created 22 February 2010
121 Photos
Created 11 June 2009