Pursuit

"He was a wise man who invented beer"-Plato

Vessel Name: Pursuit
Vessel Make/Model: Liberty 49
Hailing Port: Toronto, Canada
Crew: Gary and Tara
17 October 2012 | South China Sea
14 October 2012 | Kumai, Borneo
27 September 2012 | Bali, Indonesia
27 September 2012 | Bali Marina, Indonesia
03 August 2012 | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Australia
25 July 2012 | Cairns, Australia
26 May 2012 | Scarborough Marina, Queensland, Australia
22 October 2011 | Port Bundaberg Marina, Queensland, Australia
25 September 2011 | Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
21 August 2011 | Noumea, New Caledonia
07 August 2011 | Soso Village, Yasawas, Fiji
26 July 2011 | Yasawas, Fiji
25 June 2011 | Viani Bay, Fiji
06 June 2011 | Sixty miles south east of Fiji
28 May 2011 | South Pacific
12 May 2011 | Slip F27, Opua Marina, New Zealand
06 May 2011 | Slip F27, Opua Marina, New Zealand
26 April 2011 | Slip F27, Opua Marina, New Zealand
25 April 2011 | Slip F27, Opua Marina, New Zealand
12 April 2011 | Slip F27, Opua Marina, New Zealand
Recent Blog Posts
17 October 2012 | South China Sea

Back in the Northern Hemisphere!

Just a quick blog, because it's been a long time since we have been sailing in the northern hemisphere. We crossed the equator today en route to the island of Batam, Indonesia. It has been almost 3 years since we left the northern hemisphere (in the boat) and it felt great to cross back into it. I feel [...]

14 October 2012 | Kumai, Borneo

Person Of The Forest

The island of Bali was our introduction to the "other" side of Indonesia; the side with tourism, action, noise and [TRL: more] pollution. It was also the side of age-old culture. We rented a car and spent a few days driving around the island. We stopped in Ubud and watched the ceremonial Legong dance [...]

27 September 2012 | Bali, Indonesia

Incredible Indonesia!

We had a long sail up the coast of Australia to Thursday Island, where we finally cut the strings with Australia and jumped into another world. The winds were high and coming directly from astern but fortunately the seas were relatively calm due to the protection from the 2600 km long Great Barrier Reef, [...]

27 September 2012 | Bali Marina, Indonesia

Stowaway

We have spent the last two months sailing about 2,500 miles from Cairns, Australia to Bali, Indonesia at a pace far faster than we are generally used to [Gary will blog a bit more about our travels up until now so stay tuned]. We are now happily parked at the Bali International Marina (which sounds [...]

03 August 2012 | Marlin Marina, Cairns, Australia

Cairns…or Cans. Whatever.

Cairns (pronounced "cans") is certainly a great little city. It definitely is the launching point for the Great Barrier Reef and all the biggest, best and busiest reef tours anywhere on the coast. The city is built around tourists. They arrive to the marina early every morning (waking us up [...]

25 July 2012 | Cairns, Australia

Nothing Nice to Say

We have been moving up the northern Australia (Queensland) Coast from Brisbane. We've had terrible weather with mostly rain and lots of wind. Our moms taught us if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. So, there you go.

I Got Gas...

01 November 2009 | San Andres
Gary
I filled up the diesel tanks in Bocas del Toro when we were there. When we were under way the winds were not cooperating so we had to resort to using the motor. Sometimes bobbing is just not fun. Pursuit has a 90 hp Ford Lehman engine and is very efficient, but we went through most of the port tank within a 24 hour period. Something was wrong. Pursuit has two tanks with a total capacity of 225 gallons of fuel. There must have been an airlock in the port tank or something and it did not fill to the top. There is a manifold for switching between the tanks, so I switched over to the starboard tank. An hour or so later the engine died. It is always is an un-nerving feeling when for hours the engine is just chugging away, maintaining the same sound and pitch throughout the ship and all of a sudden the rpms quickly drop, then silence. What is going on? Why did the engine stop and why does it always seem to happen when it is dark? Check fuel...the port tank is now completely empty and the starboard tank has not dropped at all. How is that possible? I switched over to the other tank. Either way, there was still almost a full tank on the starboard side. What the *%&$? It was around 2 am when I switched over to the starboard tank, but I guess I was tired or not paying attention (probably the latter) and switched off the starboard tank and kept drawing on the already low and almost empty port tank until it was completely empty. Realizing this, I then switched over to the starboard tank, properly this time and primed the engine. We were under way again. Over the course of the next couple of weeks we used a lot of fuel either motoring or for the generator. As we were heading here the winds were right on our nose, blowing 20-25 knots and the seas were rough. We were concerned about getting in before dark, so we motored in order to get in before dark. Tacking back and forth would have taken too long to get here and we were still contending with a broken boom vang. With the starboard tank being lower now and the seas throwing us around a little, the engine was drawing up some of the bottom of the tank and also maybe a bit of air, not to mention sucking up the bottom of the port tank two weeks earlier. The engine died again. Now we were just off the coast of San Andres and could see the waves crashing on the reef. Why do these things happen at the worst times? I restarted the engine and off we went, bouncing around in the rough seas again. Closer we got and again the engine died. This has got to stop! I remember getting some bad fuel in Zapzurro, Colombia back in July and I could only figure that the filters were getting plugged with the sloshing around we were doing and the bad fuel in the bottom of the tank. I started the engine again. As we kept getting thrown around the engine kept bogging out again and again. We finally entered the channel. Safety! The channel was calm, but the filters were shot. We limped into the anchorage, set the hook and took a deep breath. The only way to get fuel is to shuttle it back and forth from a little fuel dock with jerry cans and bring out 25 gallons at a time. After 7 trips the tanks were full again. I bought some fuel additive to clean the injectors, some biocide to break up the sludge in the tanks and an additional four fuel filters. I have never been so happy to have gas...well, diesel more specifically.
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Pursuit's Photos - Main
Preparing Pursuit for storage and the trip home.
16 Photos
Created 24 March 2013
Cruising into Singapore and Malaysia
11 Photos
Created 24 March 2013
Cruising some of the 17,000 islands of Indonesia
116 Photos
Created 27 September 2012
Photos from Down Under
53 Photos
Created 3 August 2012
Some pics from our drive across the US on route to LA for the flight back to Australia
73 Photos
Created 27 April 2012
Various photos from our wedding in Niagara Falls, Canada
41 Photos
Created 27 April 2012
Where The Adventure Began!
118 Photos
Created 4 November 2011
New Caledonia cruising and road trip
47 Photos
Created 23 October 2011
Sailing through the islands of Vanuatu
103 Photos
Created 25 September 2011
Pictures from around the islands of Fiji
103 Photos
Created 16 July 2011
Things that have been done in New Zealand.
64 Photos
Created 12 April 2011
Cruising down the Pacific coast of Central America
50 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
Road trip west across Canada on the Trans-Canada Highway.
52 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
Road trip east to NFLD on the Trans-Canada Highway.
88 Photos
Created 22 February 2011
Road trip through the New Zealand South Island
107 Photos
Created 26 January 2011
Road trip through the New Zealand North Island
49 Photos
Created 19 January 2011
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Created 20 October 2010
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Created 5 October 2010
80 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 10 August 2010
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Created 5 June 2010
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Created 8 May 2010
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Created 8 May 2010
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Created 13 April 2010
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Created 13 April 2010
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Created 8 February 2010
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Created 27 January 2010
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Created 10 November 2009
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Created 4 November 2009
Various pictures of Pursuit
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Created 12 October 2009
Lots of work!
38 Photos
Created 4 October 2009
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Created 4 October 2009
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Created 12 September 2009
Cruising around the San Blas Islands
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Created 12 September 2009
May 11th, 2009. Panama Canal transit
32 Photos
Created 12 September 2009