Still Counting the Days

Four Days to Scheduled Start

Let’s start with the good news. I found the cause of last night’s alarm. It was a faulty engine-stop button/switch that we replaced last month. Easily fixed. And not a sign that the boat is bewitched or cursed.

The bad news is that the cylinder head for our port engine rebuild is not available (backordered from Japan). So the old head must be sent to Miami to be reconditioned. This of course adds days that we don’t have. We tried to rent a car to drive it to Miami, but we found that there weren’t any rental cars available today in Key West. So it is shipped overnight. Our mechanic got the shop in Miami to promise to move it to the front of their queue. But I think it is safe to say that our departure will not occur on Saturday. I’m gradually coming to terms with that thought.

We are on the hard again, so the saildrives can be worked on. Frustrating, but lucky that we could schedule this on short notice.  Tim guides a repaired saildrive back into the engine room:

image

Two Days to Scheduled Start

No chance that we will make the Saturday start. The cylinder head that was sent to Miami was found to have a crack. Luckily our mechanic had the foresight to also sent our old engine head (from the starboard engine, where we bought a new one). It was inspected today and passed muster; it should be back to the mechanic tomorrow. With only a little luck we will get back in the water Monday. Then we need to give the engines a thorough workout before we leave the area. If everything works (does it ever…?) we might start chasing the fleet Wednesday or Thursday.

Nice photos of the Blue Planet Odyssey boats/people/preparation are on the Cruising World magazine web site at http://www.cruisingworld.com/countdown-blue-planet-odyssey-rally/?image=0.

And a shot of the other boats at the marina, in formal attire with their signal flags.

image

5 thoughts on “Still Counting the Days”

  1. Wow, Zeke, you’re famous! All those pix on the Cruising World website! I am sorry to hear you will not make the Saturday departure, but I am quite sure you will catch up to the others soon! It was fun to see all the photos, and very cool that there is one family with school-aged children aboard. What an amazing adventure is in store for all!

    Like

  2. You’ve been chasing this dream for many decades; what is a few days’ delay to chase a few boats? It would be nice to have left on Saturday, but as there is no choice, do what you can to be in the best condition possible when you do leave.

    Like

  3. I DO BELIEVE THINGS HAPPEN FOR REASONS WE DON’T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND,,,, POSSIBLY DOWNTIME IS KEEPIN’ YA’LL SAFE,
    KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON,,,MOMENT ATTA’ TIME,,,*PEACE,AIM

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s