Ships Log, May 14th

Trip Start May 05, 2010
Trip End Oct 01, 2010

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Friday, May 14, 2010

One of the best stops on the ICW going north is Beaufort NC. Now, that is ‘bowfort’ as opposed to ‘beewfort’. One of the fastest was to show you don’t live in the south is to confuse “bowfort (NC)” with “Bewfort (SC)”. Beaufort NC is a key port of entry for cursing yachts coming up from the Caribbean and from Europe. As such, the area has a lot of great bars and restaurants. Going north, the ICW turns toward Pamlico sound and the outer banks before taking you up to Virginia.

At Beaufort, we took a marina at Beaufort Docks. Beaufort Docks is ‘the’ place to go. Its right in the center of the action and where all the big yachts go. We too Beaufort Docks so our fuel polisher could get access to the boat.

So to make a long story short, the polisher hooked up his machine to our tanks and polished away for 2 hours. Then he looked me in the eye and said, “this stuff is a loss”…..its too over-treated and needs to come out of your tank or you are going to ruin your engine. Ok, Uncle…..

So we clean the tanks, throw away a hundred gallons of fuel. We are good to go now. As it happened, we were fortunate we did not severely damage the engine.

What happened? About two months ago I had work done on First Forty’s fuel injector pump.
When I was in the shop talking to the fuel ‘expect’, he explained that likely had algae and water in the tank and sold me two additive products. He seemed credible enough….this was a shop that worked on fuel pumps and the guy said he had been there for 25 years. So I listened. Of the two products, one was a water remover and another to kill algae. I put both in the tanks based on how many gallons I had in the tank. As it turned out both of these were mistakes. When I later talked to “Lugger Bob”, he explained that the algae product was notorious for causing problems….”it turns to jelly and gums up the works”.

So, not only did I put a questionable additive in the tank, but I also misunderstood how many gallons I had. Unlike your car, the tanks in a boat are not well marked. Based on what I thought, I had about 300 gallons on board and put in the corresponding amount. Nope. In reality, I had about 150 gallons. So not only did I put a bad material in the tank, but I also put in a double dose.

So we learn by doing. At least this is behind us now. And while this was an expensive lesson, it was a lesson well learned.

Once we had the tanks cleaned and refueled, we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon walking around Beaufort and enjoying a good steak dinner. Tomorrow we get underway again less the anxiety of the fuel issue.

Now we can move forward.

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Joy on

wow, so much to consider when traveling by boat. glad the fuel issue is finally solved and you can have some peace of mind!

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