|Our fuel system totally torn apart.....|
|Radeen sailed on the downind 135% while I worked the fuel repair|
WHAT....no motor....yup, it simply stalled. This is always a FUEL problem, so naturally we thought we calculated the fuel burn wrong from Georgetown, so I poured in two five gallon jugs of spare fuel. This was not fun as we were rolling gunwale to gunwale. It was a trick keeping me and the fuel jugs onboard. After adding fuel, we started up, and sure enough it ran....for 1 minute and then stalled. OH NO.....no motor. OK, it has to be the fuel pick up tube. I pulled it and checked it,, no problem. Nope. Next I changed the Racor primary fuel filter, and now we had a NEW problem....I could NOT refill the Racor using the electric fuel pump. The RACOR WOULD NOT FILL......OH no....NOW WHAT? Ok, this means we must have a fuel pick up issue, or a fuel tank vent problem or a broken fuel pump. So, I kept tearing down the system and all fittings.
|THERE IT IS....the plug of crud at fitting #2 from the tank.|
I really should have found this sooner, but it took me 3 hrs
|Plenty of water depth....13,000+ feet deep....no worries mon!|
There's no one to call out here!
|This is where we broke down, about 40 miles out of Abaco|
|The sea state NEVER looks a large in photos.|
This is 3-4 foot following seas. Notice the foam, that is 7 knots of speed
|Radeen, ocean sailor girl, clipped on with her harness|
|Happy Hayden AFTER the fuel line repairs|
|Then, to top it off, as we turned the last mile into the anchorage|
SALT SPRAY ALL OVER THE BOAT.....errrrrrr.....give me a break!
|We had sailed downwind and dry all day, no salt, until we had to turn into it for our anchorage|