07 June 2013 | St. Pete
We made it back to our dock in St. Pete at about noon on Monday. I had been bleeding the lines about every 15-20 minutes by the time we arrived. I immediately set about getting into the starboard tank and piped all the fuel out. As expected there was a lot of nasty crude in the bottom of the tank. Meanwhile Molly went to rent a car. The next day I scrubbed the tank and refilled it and put everything back together. I also ran the fuel in the other tanks though my filtering system to clean it, changed filters once again and tightened everything up.
We ran the engine for 1.5 hours and it didn’t miss a lick. The day following we had rain and wind from TS Andrea so not much was done. Today we ran the boat out to the bay and work out the engine and it seemed fine so we plan to try again to leave tomorrow. We’ll stop by the yacht club to top off the tanks and then head out again. The weather look like a motor boat ride again to Cape Sable and then light air going north at first. We’ll see how that develops. Our plan is to go as far as we can until the weather forces us in.
I’m amazed at how things work out . At first we were disappointed about having to come back, but it caused us to miss being caught in Andrea and also we found out some problems developing with the sale of our house that we were able to remedy while we were here. So, all in all, it wasn’t a bad thing.
As it stands now we are due to close on the house on the 21st and we need to be somewhere we can receive overnite mail by the 19th to deal with all that. So we will be watching the calendar and planning to duck in somewhere, maybe Beaufort, NC. Then depending on the weather we can go back outside to NY or go up though the Chesapeake to Delaware Bay if the weather is bad.