Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Engine Issues

As you know if you read my blog regularly the engine alarmed on the way into Santa Cruz de Tenerife. I t appeared to be overheating so my first thought was to check the thru hull and the impeller. The thru hull stuck in the closed position, then on a cool day I was able to open it with no effort at all. Then it warmed up again and is once again stuck. Anyway, its open so today I started the engine. Good water out the exhaust so I presume that the impeller is OK. Since it was not warming up very fast I put Reboot in gear to put a little bit of load on the engine. There was some vibration but I wrote it off to the fact that we were tied to the dock.

All of a sudden I looked at the stern and found a piece of plastic netting floating away behind Reboot. So my take is that there is something (or was something) wrapped around the prop.) Tomorrow I will dive and take a look, not my favorite occupation given that we are in a marina and the water is less than perfectly clean. I will let you know what I find.

Fair winds and following seas.

Crash!

It has been raining most of the last three days. Everything is slippery. It is well known among cruisers that falling down the companionway ...