Wilparina - Go With the Wind

Sailing the Salish Sea

08 July 2014 | Orcas Island, Washington
21 June 2014 | On Dry Land
14 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island
13 June 2014 | West Sound, Orcas Island, Washington
08 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
06 June 2014 | Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
03 June 2014 | Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington
22 May 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
17 May 2014 | St. Helens, Oregon
28 April 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
09 March 2014 | St. Helen's, Oregon
04 April 2012 | In the Marina
08 March 2012 | Same ol' Marina
12 February 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
05 February 2012 | Same ol' Marina
17 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
08 January 2012 | Tomahawk Bay Marina
02 January 2012 | Same ol' Marina
30 November 2011 | Slip 40
29 November 2011 | Slip 40

Nasty Bilge

29 November 2011 | Slip 40
I spent a few hours aboard Wilparina last night. A few days ago, I found that the pump was inoperable and there was a couple of inches of water in the bilge. I monkeyed around with the wiring, and found a loose connection. But once I got the pump going, I went outside to notice a sheen of oil on the water. (Oh +@#$!) I ceased pumping immediately.

So last night, I pulled out the bilge pump, and cleaned out the bilge. This is no easy matter, since the Tayana's bilge is located in a sump about four feet deep, directly under the engine. Using a hand pump, I transferred the oily mess into a couple of plastic jugs. I'm 90% certain that the oil was actually diesel fuel - the smell of my clothes seems to confirm that. Then, I rewired the bilge pump with proper butt-end connectors. So that's working fine now.

I didn't see any signs of new fuel/oil leaks. The best guess is that the fuel leaked during the removal of the gen-set. I'll probably head back out there tonight and do a little more investigating. I want to lay out some sheets of paper towel in various areas to help detect any leaks.

Weird, but there's something satisfying about doing a really dirty job.
Vessel Name: Wilparina
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 37 Cutter
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon
Crew: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Kathleen and Doug bought Wilparina in April of 2011 with a vision of accomplishing some long-distance cruising. It's taken over three years, and the project was almost abandoned, but at last, the boat is sailing again. Here's a journal of our adventures. [...]

Wilparina Sailing Again

Who: Doug and Kathleen Verigin
Port: Portland, Oregon