position 27:10.0N 35:02.0E
Ocean Rival Journey Log
Adam Power Diana Power
Sat 4 Mar 2023 05:32
There seemed to be some new water in the bilge and still no obvious culprit. A slightly weepy joint in the foreward heads didn't appear sufficient but tightened it anyway.
Taking advantage of the flat calm sea we then made a concerted effort yesterday to clear the block bilge pump. I cut into the pipe under the aft cabin floor, slightly worried that the cut initially resulted in a strong squirt of clean looking water. Thinking I had invited the sea in but by the time had found some materials for an emergency repair the squirt was a trickle and the sea remained outside. I still couldn't get the pipe cleaning rods through so we hauled out the length of pipe that runs under the engine and fixed a new length in with improvised connections. The pump now pulls O.K and after a few hundred strokes the level in the bilge looks more respectable.
Waiting to hear back from Herzliya marina which looks a possible destination for this leg.