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Randall B Griepp
Wed 7 Jul 2010 11:33

July 7, 2010 6:00 am

Wonderful Sunrise at anchorage “Vineyard Haven”. We have to leave in a hurry to New Port. We need to get the autopilot fixed Yesterday afternoon after we topped off the tanks at Menashe the trouble started. First we could not get the engines started and found out that the engine starter battery was totally depleted was not recharging since we left Huntington. That was easy to fix by just switching the bypass to the house batteries on. Then on the way to anchor for the night the autopilot started whining constantly and finally gave out. I am beginning to think these things are possessed. After we ate the sandwiches that David had bought at Menashe we spent the better part of the evening troubleshooting the autopilot. Final diagnosis: “Scrambled brain” and we do not know how to unscramble it. So now we are off to Newport looking for a “autopilot psychiatrist”. The skipper says he has dealt with quite a few of them, some are very good then others not so good. I hope the guy or gal (very unlikely) is good this time.