Tuesday, February 17, 2015
February 15th – 17th 2015
Made a reservation at Nassau Harbour Club for a couple of days – I really need to get the boats fuel system checked as we have had issues with it stopping unexpectedly. So we left Rose Island for Nassau and just as we are getting close to the cut that is just less than 7 feet deep at low tide – and it is low tide … waves breaking on the reef, I decide that this doesn’t look good. I start a U turn and just then the engine stops! Oh isn’t this just perfect!!! I am able to restart using the other fuel tank – heartbeat returns to a more acceptable rhythm! We circle back and take a cut that is deeper which should have been my choice from the beginning! We arrived at the marina without any further excitement.
I was able to have a technician on board the next morning to see what needs to be done. After 5 hours of cleaning and fuel filter changing Ambition is saddled with fuel tanks that are very dirty – this was caused by years of no use and the fuel deteriorated in the tanks with no maintenance. There is no way to clean them easily but the technician was able to confirm that the fuel lines were all clear. I just need to watch the fuel filters closely especially if we are motoring in bumpy conditions that stirs up the sludge in the bottom of the tanks. With time and patience and lots of fuel filters, the tanks will get better.
The definition of cruising is – “fixing boats in foreign countries” – how true!
No pictures of the gross crude that came out of the fuel system .... ugh!!!