This is my first update since just prior to Thanksgiving and the reason is that we had left
All of the time here in the US has been spent between California and Florida. Here in California, we have spent time with Carol’s father which has been just great. It is always fun to visit with him and we spent Christmas with him, Carols two sisters and three of my nephews. I was kind of in charge of their
We traveled to Florida to see my Mom and my sisters. We surprised my Mom with a 90th birthday celebration. She still plays golf several times per week, drives her car, is as sharp as ever and fun to be with. We then traveled from Miami to Stuart to Vero
We are just now preparing to return to
If you read Ken’s blog you know that we have a ton (literally) of stuff being shipped to
Just before we left
Our good friend Olivier, who is a pastry
We also invited our friends Karin (from Bristol, CT) and Paul and his wife Emiko. Everyone brought something and it turned out to be a wonderful feast shared with great friends, which is what Thanksgiving is all about!
The extended downtime for boats is a great opportunity to get things fixed or refurbished and we wasted no time in fixing what has been a perplexing problem for the past year and a half. Boats are a bit like your children and after you have been around them long enough for extended periods, you can sense when things are not running right. Some of the symptoms were glaring while others were subtle. First, before we left from Seattle on the trip, I noticed that the engine, when started from cold, was running rougher than normal and we were spewing an inordinate amount of soot from the dry exhaust. Once warm, the engine would run fine (seemingly), but would not idle correctly when in gear. It was almost as if some big huge guy was down in the bilge with his hands around the shaft, trying to stop it from turning. We also had a substantial amount of vibration while at cruise speed.
While in Seattle, we had the boat hauled, the shaft and propeller removed and inspected. We also had the cutlass bearing removed and replaced as well as aligning the engine. We also had the injectors replaced, the fuel pump rebuilt, the compression checked etc etc. All of this had a minimal effect on the performance and I was being convinced by many that there was nothing wrong and that I expected too much from the drive train. They said it was running fine and it was the cold weather (or maybe my imagination?). Based on that, we left for Alaska.
I still felt, with all the work done, that the engine was running poorly. My exhaust was hotter than normal and the entire engine room was hotter also. Just as we were approaching Ashiya,
We sent it back to Mill Log Marine in Kent, Washington and had it rebuilt. They commented to me that it would be
We gave the job to Mizuno Marine and their excellent mechanics who took great care (see pics) to make sure that there would be no damage to the inside of the boat as they pulled the 700lb transmission out through our salon! We decided that as long as the transmission was out, we may as well do a complete job and are replacing all of the bearings, clutch plates, seals and oil pump. The worst thing that could happen is to get it all back together only to have to tear it apart again at some point.
Inside they found not only worn clutch plates, but a bearing had spun in the housing. I contacted an old friend of mine at Sikorsky Aircraft who works in engineering and he suggested how we should repair it by boring the housing oversize and inserting a sleeve.
The biggest problem now is that the PTO is on a ship not due to enter
All of us are getting a bit anxious and excited about the next part of the trip to the Inland Sea, Okinawa, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The trip to Taiwan should be especially exciting as that is where the three boats were built, by Ta Shing. No Nordhavn has ever returned to the factory and my understanding is that they are very excited to see us. Jeff Merrill, who works for Nordhavn, plans on catching up with us in
So……..Here is our approximate path for the coming cruising season starting in April and ending in July. The total length is about 1600 Nautical Miles.Click on it to Enlarge>
Until next time….