18 August 2012 | 367 to go to the SF Light Bucket (as of 9:20 AM)
(from Bob) After yesterdays report, the motor started running rough. Initial thought was that it was running out of fuel. We switched tanks and added fuel to the first tank. It continued to run rough. The fuel filter looked okay in the site bowl. We opened it up and the filter element was dark. We changed that, topped off the fuel in the fuel filter, and primed the engine. It was so good to hear it working well again.
Some improvements to the system include adding a hand squeeze fuel pump to refill the filter after service, or running out. And a vacuum gauge to see how hard the fuel pump is working to get fuel through the filter. (Thanks to my delivery crew for these ideas.)
So, there I was relaxing on the foredeck in the shade of the main when the jib clew hit me in the head. Ouch! But I did get the clue that the jib should be sheeted out to the rail.
I think a 3PM transit under the Golden Gate Bridge would be a nice time. If we can average 7 knots, it could happen. This morning the wind is a little light, so we are only making a little more than 6 knots, but I think we will be able to make it up later. Last night I throttled back as we were starting to get up to 9 knots when the wind picked up to 14 kts.
It looks like the wind will be shifting around to the NW and filling in some time this afternoon. Hopefully we will be able to pick up some speed for our Monday arrival time.
Currently (4:10 PM) Bsp 6.5 COG 067 AWS 5.0 AWA 120 TWS 11 TWD 210 Main full. #2 Jib up and sheeted out to the rail. Engine 2100 PRM Barro 1016 Lat 37 00N Long 130 16W