Rockin' on RobinLeigh

The High Seas adventures of the sailing vessel RobinLeigh

28 February 2011 | Rock Sound, Eleuthera
21 February 2011
17 February 2011 | White Cay Anchorage - Berry Islands
09 February 2011 | Bimini to Berry Islands
03 February 2011 | Bimini - Bahamas
01 February 2011 | No Name harbor Key Biscayne
26 January 2011 | Ft Lauderdale, FL
17 January 2011 | Ft Lauderdale
07 January 2011 | Jacksonville, FL
03 December 2010
30 November 2010 | Cumberland Island, GA
22 November 2010
20 November 2010 | Cape Lookout
17 November 2010 | Severn River Marina, Hayes VA
30 April 2009 | Hayes, Virginia
15 June 2008 | Florida
01 June 2008 | Severn River Marina - Hayes VA
09 May 2008 | Severn River Marina - Hayes, VA
04 May 2008 | The Chesapeake Bay
30 April 2008 | Georgetown, SC

One Happy grease monkey!

09 May 2008 | Severn River Marina - Hayes, VA
Robin & Charles
Today Charles has one more reason to celebrate his birthday - He fixed the engine! After bleeding the fuel line dozens of times and looking EVERYWHERE for leaks and other issues, he finally found the trouble.

The fuel cut-off valve (used to stop the diesel engine by cutting off the fuel supply) is pulled closed by the solenoid when you stop the engine.

the cut off valve

As soon the engine stops, the solenoid moves the cut-off valve back to a full open position. This puts the engine in 'ready mode' to be started the next time. Some how, some way when we stopped the engine on May 2nd the cut-off valve failed to open all the way. It was about a 10th of an inch from the full open position. Since we could not get the engine started again, the solenoid could never reset the fuel valve so it remained in this almost open position from then on, starving the engine of just enough fuel to keep it from starting.

Before you say - "Wow Charles, why didn't you see such an obvious problem?", you must know ALL the facts. First, the valve was mostly hidden under the solenoid assembly AND second, when Charles looked at it, it looked exactly like it does in the photo above (open).

So, thanks to a lot of persistence (and maybe a little birthday luck), Charles the "grease monkey" has come through again!
Comments
Vessel Name: RobinLeigh
Vessel Make/Model: Trintella 49A
Hailing Port: Destin, Florida - Currently headed for the Bahamas
Crew: Charles and Robin
About: Mostly full time cruising since 1998, we've traveled over 60,000 sea miles and are still looking for the perfect anchorage...
Extra:
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” [...]
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Who: Charles and Robin
Port: Destin, Florida - Currently headed for the Bahamas

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