Friday, May 18, 2018

Back in Baltimore

May 15 thru May 18

—Blogpost written by Bob

Tuesday, May 15

We both woke up this morning, asking ourselves “Where are we today?” It seems like we’ve been on the move for a long time now.

We picked up our car from long-term storage and headed to our storage unit in Annapolis to pick up a few things we needed over the next couple days. (Fortunately, I picked up my jig saw and my Fein saw.) From there, we went to Fawcetts thinking we would order our new stove. However, Fawcetts had it in stock! We brought it back to the boat with us and installed it this afternoon.

I had to cut 1-1/2 inches off each side of the door frames for the lower 24” to get the old stove out and the new stove into position. (Do you believe that the stove was originally installed before the boat assembly was completed?) Rather than try to fit the old pieces of the door frame back into place, I think I’m going to remake the entire frame as a wider opening since we no longer use a door on this opening.

The Force Ten #66351 (North American standard) was a perfect drop in replacement for our old HILLERANGE stove—we did not have to modify the gimbal points at all, in fact we used the old gimbal hardware.

Installing our new stove was not even in our
plans for the day but we completed the job.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Solomons to Baltimore

—Blogpost written by Bob

Friday in Solomons

The thunderstorm last night cleared out the humidity in the air for a beautiful day today, Friday, May 11, 2018. Based on the wind forecast, we decided to leave Solomons tomorrow when we have mostly southerly winds for motor-sailing to Galesville. (We are headed to Galesville so that Hartge’s Yacht Yard can remove the autopilot’s linear actuator so that I can send it back for repairs—the area is too small for me to get into. This way, the linear actuator will be repaired before we return to Galesville in July for our annual haulout.)

Our shiny new shaft coupling on the aft end
of our v-drive transmission. (The bright
blue cable is the new transmission
cable we installed in West End.)

I checked the shaft seal for leakage this morning, both in forward and reverse gear and it is leaktight, as it should be. One thing I learned yesterday afternoon is that the shaft seal has two sets of double set screws. The inner set screw digs into the shaft and the outer set screw acts like a jam nut and locks the inner set screw in place. The shaft seal can be adjusted without removing both outer set screws.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Boat Repairs in Solomons

—Blogpost written by Bob

We pulled into Zahnizer’s Marina at 10 PM last night, Monday, May 7, in complete darkness. We were in a bad place emotionally after dealing with a lot of seawater coming into the boat and believing that we somehow broke the prop strut and, in turn, the transmission failed. We imagined that we would be spending several months here getting everything fixed and at great expense.

Tuesday, May 8

The sun was shining brightly when we woke at 7 AM. I took a nice hot shower and had a cup of coffee before going into the marina office at 8 AM. The service manager explained to me that this is their peak season for boat work and it may take a while (hours, days, or weeks?) for them to get to us. About 9 AM the assigned mechanic (Glen) showed up at our boat to look at our problem. He relatively quickly discovered that the (bronze) key in the shaft coupling had sheared and broken into two pieces—this what prevented our propulsion and believed to have provided most of the vibration that caused the leakage into the boat.

This small sheared and broken bronze key
caused a lot of the problem we experienced.

After cleaning up the coupling and checking the condition and dimensions of the shaft and coupling, he decided to order a new coupling and cut a new key from stainless steel material. The plan is still to haul the boat and look at the strut and propeller for possible damage.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Coinjock NC to Solomons MD

—Blogpost written by Bob

Coinjock NC to Norfolk VA

It is Saturday, May 5, 2018. This morning’s temperature was a cool 66 degrees as I washed down the accumulation of dark mud on our sailboat’s decks. We are looking at only a 38-mile day today, so we are taking our time leaving the dock. We’re planning to snag a free slip just south of the Great Bridge lock for the night and go through the lock first thing on Sunday morning. 

We helped a single handler get his sailboat, a Kaiser 34 built in Wilmington DE, out of the crowded dock this morning. The tidal current was moving south and the wind was blowing north. In terms of moving a sailboat, the tidal current usually determines the most about the boat’s motion. We’ll be motoring against this tidal current when we leave.

Transiting the ICW after leaving Coinjock. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Wrightsville Beach to Coinjock

--Blogpost Written by Bob

Wrightsville Beach to Mile Hammock Bay

We topped off our diesel fuel and fresh water tanks before leaving Seapath Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach NC on May 1.  We caught the 9 AM opening of the Wrightsville Beach Bascule Bridge--it opens on the hour.  The bridge was a very short distance north of the marina.  It was a beautiful sunny morning and we were well rested from our layover.

Four sailboats followed us northward up the ICW.
The Figure Eight Island Swing Bridge is
shown oil the background.