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MERRY CHRISTMAS December 25, 2012

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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Yes we do ours present thing on Christmas eve. Both my wife’s family and mine were Christmas eve types so we went to our early church service at Calvary Chapel, then came home for a dinner of Rock Cornish Hens. Great meal with the mates great presentation.

Then on to presents and clean up. We were fortunate enough to have one of Mary’s sisters, husband and daughter join us this year. They are from Pittsburg and got here Friday night.

Saturday we went sailing with them and some of their friends from Navarre. What a disaster. First the engine has not been started since early November. There must have been some condensation in the fuel lines because it did not want to start. Checked prime and it started up. Then as we sailed the wind died away. That is when sailing becomes boring, especially for people who have never been on a sail boat.

It gets better, or worse as the case may be. About the time we are returning to the canal, the flooding alarm goes off. Jump down below and the boat is filling up with smoke. The first smell and it is not electrical, wood or fiberglass. Good news. I therefore open the engine room door and it is not as smokey as the aft cabin. Pull back the carpet and water is squirting up through the hatch over the shaft and stuffing box. Open the hatch and get squirted in the chest with exhaust water and gasses. The muffler had split about 2-1/2 inches. It is amazing the amount of water that come from the raw water pump. Also the blue smoke. The muffler is the original and just rotted away. Better now then when cruising.

One of our guest was a young Air Force Pilot. I pressed him into service, gave him a couple gloves and told him to try to hold off the water flow. He did a great job. The water when just going forward slowly, was cool enough that it did not burn. When I was maneuvering the temp goes up because of the heat from the transmission. He managed to stuff a towel over the split and that worked well.

Now muffler will not be in until after the first of the year. Something to look forward to.

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