Sunday, July 10, 2011

Block Island - Last day at anchor

Block always has nice sunsets!
It's been very pleasant, the weather has been great. I can't say the same thing about the outboard motor! It's sitting up on the engine mount off the back rail while I row Hoolie in for his three times a day relief. I cleaned the various filters in the fuel supply lines (I found three so far!) The motor does not have a paper, replaceable filter - everything is built in as a series of fine mesh screens. However, even with the cleaning - no joy.

Monday we're head into Hinckley, not so much for the outboard as for a fine tuning of the genset. It runs and charges the batteries okay but it's running too fast (too high an rpm) at startup and seems to be creeping upward in rpm. Rather than wait for a problem, I'll take it into Hinckley in Rhode Island for a tune up. At the same time, I'll either get the 17 year old outboard fixed or buy a new one. Last year we used it everyday, usually three times a day at least, lots of use and it must be dependable. You don't want to be caught on the wrong side of a 3 kt current in a deserted anchorage trying to get back to the boat!

Well, we weren't able to have our standard Buffalo wings at the Oar House, too far to row - especially in a dinghy that has the rowing characteristics of a bathtub. Perhaps on our way back.