Armada Circumnavigates Krusof Island
13 August 2014 | photo is DE and In Your Dreams, Goleta Cove, west coast Krusof Island
Jake hung out with the armada a few more days and we did a circumnavigation of Krusof Island -- St Lazaria (south end), Goleta Cove (west side), Leo Anchorage (north end) and de Groff (southeast) and Jake departed out Peril Strait to continue his southbound passage. (You can follow In Your Dreams here on sailblogs.com).
We had a little excitement while in bumpy water off the west coast of Krusof -- smoke in the engine room! We quickly determined it was the alternator belt, so we limped into a sheltered area at low rpms, shut down the engine and drifted. While Shearwater and Honu hovered, a temporary fix required only removing the belt, paralleling the house and engine start batteries, starting up and getting back underway... piece of cake.
Somewhere in here we also had an issue with genset electrical power not making it to the AC electrical panel. A couple hours of calculatus-eliminatus with engineer-extraordinaire Wade and we narrowed it down to an engine room breaker (for which size I did not have a spare). Since that breaker was essentially redundant to the one on the AC panel, a little re-wiring and ta-dah! Back in business.
An interesting little encounter with Alaska Marine Highway, high-speed ferry Fairweather -- in my opinion, the coolest ride in SE Alaska -- while passing in Olga Channel north of Sitka. They called us on the VHF to ask about the boat and tell us DE is "a nice ride; and we see a lot of them". Cool!