Monday, May 23, 2011
Why aren't we sailing yet?
1. Leaky raw water pump. This seems like a simple fix however Travis' research has shown that our Perkins 4108 was built in Spain, and has a different timing cover on the engine that the standard Perkins waterpumps will not fit. The TRANS ATLANTIC DIESEL company finally solved this mystery that had Travis scratching his head for nearly a month. They got us a list of parts that we will need, and fortunately for us, we were able to find them locally thanks to Craigslist and avoid the B.O.A.T. phenomenon.
2. Broken windlass. No its not a critical part of a day sail, but just like having a running engine, we like to have a working windlass for those just in case scenarios. We found a windlass at Bacon Sails, our favorite local marine consignment shop, and since it fits our previous windlass base almost perfectly, we are only waiting for some new bolts to have this project checked off our list.
3. Main sail traveller swap. We are replacing our old Lewmar main sail traveller with a spanking new one also made by Lewmar. The old one was difficult to adjust and had a tendency to get jammed in the most inappropriate times. The new one is a lower profile design, that uses ropes for adjustment rather then little knobs you have to lift and slide.
So a few more weeks and we should be ready to shake the dust off the sails. In the meantime to those who say "just go", I say we will... in a couple of weeks, unless we get raptured first.