Today we left the Virgin GordaYacht Harbour as
the strong winds are due to die down this evening for a while, seas were
certainly no where near as high today as when we were moving on Tuesday.
(Would have been alot easier to deal with a flood in today's conditions.)
Now tucked in behind the hills at Bitter End Yacht Club all seems quite
As for the flood; the water level was
increasing with the engine on so I had suspected the cooling water was
being pumped in and then escaping the system somewhere, at least that was what I
was hoping. When the engineer came to look he found a clip around a short
piece of hose had rusted and broken. I had been looking for the right
thing but not in the right place. Thankfully the hose was short enough that
it was not forced off completely and the engine did not overheat. New clip,
started up again and end of problem, need to get a selection of hose clips for
the spares department on the next visit to the chandlers. Then the
problem was to get rid of the salt it had sprayed all over the engine,
voluntarily filling the compartment this time by spraying it down with
fresh water twice, more baling, dry the whole thing and then a liberal spraying
with WD40 last thing we need is a rust bucket of an engine.
Also got the dingy going today for the first
time. Yesterday on the dock we had a selection of skippers and their pumps
to sort out what we needed for the new dingy. Font of all knowledge Barbra
and Mike (happen to own the Pirate's Cave Chandlery in Rochester, Kent!!)
were on the berth opposite and watched us for a short while
before coming across to solve the problem. I need a Halkey Roberts adaptor
that's all, then a valve cover because we seem to be one short
and I'm all set. Chandlers list getting longer.... Today got
the engine attached and although the current set up very good at going
sideways I'm sure we will cure that and soon be mobile when Winny is at
anchor or on a mooring. Don't worry Deborah Cooper Island Beach Club is
looking more likely and the Flaming Rum Custard ever closer.
Back to Tortola after a day or so here cleaning up
the last bits and refuelling, more deliveries expected Monday or Tuesday so
perhaps some more waiting, fingers crossed.