My most important task was to change the raw water pump impeller - no big deal as I have done this lots of times. To make it easier, I have bought a new impeller puller tool to make the task easier and it worked perfectly. I put the new impeller in and then on went the cover with its four little screws. One two three screws in and tightened .....fourth ..... CRAP!!!! I snapped the head off the screw!!!!!!! Now it is my turn to PANIC ..... I tried to use my screw extortion bit - no success. Dashed over the the boatyard office to find that since it is Saturday none of the mechanics were at work .... oh oh oh ... not going well.
Searched the dock for Myles - the rally participant hat did the diesel seminar to ask his assistance ..... he has already headed out and on his way to the start line.
The marina is emptying out quickly and we are still tied to the dock. The last thing I want to do is have to wait to Monday to get a mechanic on board and then head out late Monday, a full 48 hours after the rest of the fleet left. I figured that I should at least test to see how the cover may leak with one screw missing. Fired up the engine and anxiously watched for the signs of leakage at the pump ..... huummm so far so good. Increased the RPM to 2000 and checked again ...... huummm still no leaking.
Time for a captain to do what a captain needs to do - take a decision .... Oh great!!!!! I figured that we would leave the seacock closed all the time so that there would be no way for water to get to the pump when the engine was not running - risk minimized ..... since it didn't seem to leak and even if it did, the pumps would easily keep up with the small amount of water. Decision done - we leave with one screw missing! I hope that is different than one screw loose!
We drop the dock lines at 10AM and we are OFF!!!!
|Instrument shot at departure|
|Chart plotter as we head past the naval yards|
|One of four aircraft carriers that were in for a refit....impressive to say the least|
|Jean analyzes latest weather and routing files pre-start line!|
|Motoring up to the start line|
|Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is the start line|
|Sails out and over the line at 2:27PM|
|Instrument shot at the start line|
As darkness sets in we get prepared for the first overnight shift schedule. Maryse chooses the 3AM to 6AM shift, Jean takes the midnight to 3AM and I take the 9 to midnight.