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SAILING, SAILING October 14, 2013

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.

First time in 3 weeks. No wind. Did get in one hour Saturday afternoon when finally the sea breeze filled in. Sunday there was some wind but right on the nose. Well we got to put about 5 hours on the engine.

The new engine mounts does dampen the vibrations. That is good. It is also quieter. That allows one to hear a lot of noise that was covered up earlier. My stuffing box is running hot for my thinking. It got up into the 130 degree range. Called the mechanic. Had me tap on the stuffing nut. Sunday, after backing it off a little, it did run about 10 degrees cooler. Then when I came in to turn around, squealing noises were heard and heavy clunks when shifting. Not good.

The mechanic is to come out today and replace the fuel pump. It leaks. Not a good thing. Shot seals.

I have a couple suspect chain plates and will start to remove them today. Not looking forward to that. I have not heard of anyone having an easy time getting old chain plates out of a boat.

Red Fish point was nice and the outboard ran good. The wind generator ran like a dream. We had about 10 knots all night and it not only kept up with the refrig, it partially recharged the batteries.



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