Made it to Puerto Rico!!! Miss Island Dancer very happy at San Jaun Bay Marina
Out for a cruise on FatFish with the kids… beauti of a day!!! Have a look!
2nd place that is!!! Ha… We had an AWESOME race this weekend… St. Clair River Race..
First place LIBERTY made some mistakes.. apparently we made a few more!!
You might notice a few cut (replaced on the fly) lines at the end of the race.. we certainly had an interesting day, and I found my pocket knife, black tape, and pliers came in handy too many times!! ha Nice recovery Ambush!
Lots of learning by all, some serious malfunctions were corrected on the fly, so nice to do at daylight with lots of crew awake!.. Mackinac is calling soon..
Next Race is an overnighter to test crew shifts and see how we deal with problems in the NIGHT..
Stay Tuned !!!
Mackinac race is approaching soon…. July 20th I believe…
Here’s a wee video of our race? last year… we had some fun when the wind died in the middle of the lake.. and there wasn’t much to do but make new songs..
We were in 3rd place the second day out.. but took a wrong turn in Albuquerque… where the wind disappeared!! Great Time, with a green crew.. Does that make us a yellow crew now?
Island Dancer was found to have Turbo Props
with Variable pitch.. What the heck is that you say? Or.. perhaps..
who cares Timbo.. im going to get another coffee…
Either way.. have a quick look at the
video.. kinda neat stuff.
So what is it.. and why does it matter…
When in forward, a propeller is designed to
give maximum thrust and efficiency at a certain RPM…
Thats cool.. but what about backing out of
Guess what, the prop is designed to go only one
way.. if you run it backwards it works….but not so good. (This is a great excuse for anyone thats hit anything in reverse!!)
I’ve always said the boat ramp is the best
entertainment around… Normally this involves cars that are proven to
Float (for a short time)… but many times its boats crashing into other
boats, piers, or Lochness monsters.
position when in reverse to give maximum effiicency.. and MAYBE keep you from
hitting that maga-yacht sitting behind you..
Here’s a quick video to make you SMRT http://vimeo.com/59969751
This is a very interesting new product.. Check out the quick beer cooler design.. now thats a hit!
Last Day at our House in Brights Grove.. This picture was taken 1 minute before we left.
I guess you can’t do everything yourself….
Timbo broke down and let another mechanic touch Island Dancer..
Fuel injectors on diesel engines need to be cleaned periodically.. apparently these are way overdue
One of the engines has produced black smoke, indicating a fuel air mixture issue..
Since I hired a mechanic, and she fits into small places.. why not do both engines!!!
They were very dirty and its hard to believe they worked at all.
Puerto Rico is a great location for these jobs.
Once removed, we dropped them off at High Power Diesel Fuel Injection Specialist..
Injector tips will be replaced, bench tested for spray pattern, and opening pressure reset.
If this doesnt fix the problem, we will move to the injector pump.. Good thing my mechanic works for Ice Cream !!
Well, It might be all those years of university…but Im thinkin the second anchor is not a lot of use without a chain.. hummmmm…
West Marine has chain.. Looking online, it appears to be close to $7.00 a foot.. X 300 feet…. Geeze thats 2 marine units!!! (Because everything is expensive on a boat, everyone equates $1000 to 1 marine unit… seriously nothing seems to be less than a marine unit!!!!)
First day we walked over… Robin wearing a sun dress.. both of us in flip-flops.. we’re instructed to walk through the shop to see their chain selection..
Tons of guys grinding links, using high pressure hydraulics to join steel lines for the cruise ships.. And I have sunglasses, flip-flops and a starbucks (don’t ask)
So of course I didn’t go into the shop… Ask any of the workers 🙂 .. They saw Robins skirt, but Timbo… no, he wasn’t there..
Anyway, after we determined there are 2 types of 3/8 galvanized chain, they gave me 2 lengths of samples to take back to the boat to check in the windlass (electric winch).
Funny, when we walk down the road, the truck drivers always honk their horn at us and wave or whistle.. especially when Robin is with me (But not always!!! ha)
155′ of chain, 100′ of 5/8″ Nylon.. Had them do the connections… remember they do the cruise ships.. humm.. no time to practice.. (Ray can check their work next month!)..
Using 15 minute dry, rust resistant, thick as goop, Black brush on paint.. I finished the job.. 16 minutes later it started raining!!! ha..
Today, the chain is dry.. and its time to install.. A few hundred pounds, so were going to use the windlass to pull the chain onboard… Robin is shopping, Allie is diving… So Timbo had to put his coffee down and use both hands… Went really smooth… and Now we have 2 anchors, both connected to Island Dancer!!!!
Have a great Weekend.. Were hoping to set sail mid next week.. Stay Tuned!!