Wednesday June 8, 2011 12:30PM
Our initial plan had us making 2 overnight trips with a stop
in Mexico before getting to Belize. We decided to combine the two legs and go
non-stop to Belize. Now we are motoring down the Mexican coast with plenty of
sunshine and no wind. We’ll be anchoring by English Cay Belize tomorrow
I wish I could say it has been an uneventful trip, but not
so. Shortly after leaving Puerto Morelas we discovered a slight fuel leak. I’ve
tried to tighten the suspected fitting but find it almost impossible to
get a wrench on it. When the engine is hot there’s no chance and when it’s
cold I’ve been less than successful. So it drips away until I can try
again in Belize.
I check the leak periodically and during one of my checks
discovered that the water pump was leaking. At first I thought it was the hose
so I changed that – still leaking, so it’s time to change the pump.
No problemo – I have a spare pump so I dig it out and put it on. It leaks
too, no problemo – I have a third pump, but it’s made by a
different company that the first two. I check it over and discover a big problemo
– 3 of the 6 screws holding the cover plate are missing. As one who never
throws away an old screw, bolt or nut because it may be needed some day in the
future, I dig through my supply and find 2 of the missing screws and one that
works so I’m good to go.
Next problemo – the hose connections between the
different pumps are different and I’m having a hard time getting the pump
connected. Then I start thinking about something Roberta said when the first
replacement leaked.”Isn’t strange that 2 pumps would fail the same
way including one the you had just put on?” The spare pump was an
e-bay purchase so I was unsure of its history but decided to check it out. On both
pumps I covered the outlet and blew into the inlet. The old pump had an air
leak the new one didn’t so I must have installed it wrong.
Back in the first replacement goes with double clamps on the
hoses and – voila, no leak.