Tonga shame

Panulirus
CR and KN Williams
Sat 12 Jun 2010 06:20
18.40S 173.59W
 
Saturday 12th June 16:21
 
Infamy, Infamy,  this boat's got it in fer me
 
After 809.5 miles most of which were motoring, it started misfiring about 5 miles out and although still going I thought it silly to risk it cutting out approaching an unknown berth. Clare duly checked the fuel sight glass and found it full of silt, she cleared it out and restarted but it shortly stopped again. Another clean but it wouldn't even turn over. Turns out the starter motor wouldn't engage the flywheel despite the solenoid turning at 2000 rpm (courtesy of a very hot screwdriver across the terminals), and a couple of gentle taps with a copper-faced mallet. Wind about 4.5 kts from all over the place, so no choice but to ask a nice chap in a dinghy to help us in (actually we sailed in but there was no way I'd have done that on my own).
Note I rather petulantly avoided the word 'towed' although he did have a line from my bow.
 
Formalities and ATM done and nice tapas nearby.
 
Tomorrow is a day of rest (fiercely observed) but not perhaps for me; now for starter motor repair + fuel filters to be changed - nice.
 
K