This morning we moved Reboot from its previous location at the far side of the anchorage (I am never happy unless the nearest boat is 100 yards away very close in to the dinghy dock in preparation for installing the new rigging tomorrow. The engine started without a problem and we motored over and set anchor. After a few minutes we all agreed that we didn't like the spot so we started the engine a second time and headed to a new spot. We dropped again. As the chain settled down we were a little closer than we prefered to a trimaran. So we went to haul the anchor and move again. Turned the switch. NOTHING!
Long story short the third time we tried to start the starter motor self destructed. The rotor decided to eat all of the brushes. At the moment we are without the ability to sail, and without the ability to motor. For those of you who intend to take the Captain's exam is is called "not under command."
Our hope is we can get the starter motor parts from Papeete and reinstall the motor (see rule "7" in the pages to your right") so that it will not delay us further.
Fair winds and following seas :)
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