Teakern Arm Day 2
23 July 2013 | Teakerne Arm
Day 2 of our time in Teakern Arm started with my waking early and trying to make some homemade Irish cream. After I felt I had created something tasty, I got impatient for Rachelle to wake up and have some in her coffee. So, I went back into the aft-cabin to wake her. As I entered, I looked down and on the floor of the aft cabin, next to the engine compartment, there was a small 1-2 tsp sized puddle of bright orange fluid. %@&*! So much for my easy morning....
I opened up the engine compartment and found under the engine, a puddle of several cups worth of more of the same, coolant. With Rachelle now awake,due to the string of expletives and colorful metaphors that I unleashed upon her slumber, we had breakfast. The Irish cream was met with approval.
After breakfast, Rachelle started the engine, and worked on assisting the Count of Monte Cristo with his delivery of justice while I watched and watched and watched the engine for this mystery leak. For an hour and a half. No leak. Cleaned up the coolant, changed the oil drip pads, tightened every hose clamp I could find, refilled the coolant, and closed everything back up. A morning of frustration. I know there is a problem, but can't identify it. Otherwise, the engine is running a little cool, but no other complaints. I will have to watch this for a couple days until I figure it out.
The coolant reservoir on this boat is located in the aft lazerette and in order to fill it, one must stand on ones head while pouring coolant upside down. Damned thing is ridiculous and whoever is responsible for its installation deserves to have his arms ripped off, and with them, be beaten about the head and shoulders.
Afterwards, we swam in the bay behind the boat and rinsed off in the waterfall while climbing under a rock that affords some protection from the pounding that one receives while playing in a waterfall. Not a bad way to recover the day... maybe the coolant reservoir installer can keep his arms....