17 June 2012 | Safefy Cove, Calvert Is.
For the last 3 days, the barograph has professed a tendency for "precipitation." It has not been wrong. As the SW gale approached and hung over Shearwater, we felt as if we were in the eye of it. But this morning, fathers day, I awoke at 0800 with high expectations. I'd removed and re-glued a part on the fuel injector pump.....the NEW fuel injector pump with JB Weld. But instead of the paltry 1/16" bead they had used, I'd applied a healthy full 1/4" bead around the offending flange after roughing it up first with sandpaper, and then glued that baby in place, leaving it to cure overnight. Today was the test. I VERY CAREFULLY bled the air from the bleed screw at top and started the motor. No leaks. And the engine was humming with a smooth purr sound. I'd managed to contact the airport about our as yet to arrive package and asked them to divert to Port Hardy instead. We could leave today, and frankly, we were sort of done with the incessant rain here. We've miles to go yet. So, after saying goodbye to the cheery harbor master of Shearwater, we slipped our lines and made way for Safety Cove, some 46 miles SE - directly into the drizzling, fizzling end of the gale. With my crew comprising two of my 3 children, we enjoyed a lovely pork roast, stewed in onions, tomato's and garlic along with fresh homemade bread for father's day dinner. I'm dry and warm now having just read my hand-made fathers day card. I also received an awesome gourmet chipotle and orange chocolate bar and very cool book on West Coast Wrecks by Rick James. Altogether not a bad father's day. :) Tomorrow, Port Hardy.