On Saturday Rey our dock master called a mechanic for us.
around 5:30 he showed up and we told him what the problem was.
Andrews hourly rate is $85 and on weekends $150 … we decided
to wait until Monday. At 1pm he came and crawled into
our cramped engine compartment and saw the oil leaking, when the motor was running. He did not want to work in such cramped
quarters, so he proceeded to tell Joe what to do.
So we backed the shaft off, coupler off the shaft and mixing elbow and exhaust system off. It took a lot of time, removing nuts and bolts.
About 4 hours.
Tuesday - Joe raised the motor and took the transmission, flex
plate, flywheel off. This took close to 8 hours, the bolts were
rusted on. All this was caused by a leaking rusted mixing elbow.
The mechanic thought the rear seal was leaking.
Joe thought the transmission was heavy to lift and remove, but the fly wheel is even heavier.
Wednesday - we installed and reinstalled the fly wheel a few times because we needed it on to start the motor, and then we hooked up the a temporary exhaust system. We needed to go to town and buy special tools and an exhaust pipe to do this.
What was actually leaking is a steel oil pipe that runs on the exterior of the motor, not the seals and gaskets.
So we are not too sure if this is good news or bad news, any way we
have now found the reason for the 3-4 minutes that it took for
all the oil to drop from the engine.
Thursday - we walk 3/4 hour one way to Boat Harbour Marina and the Yanmar dealer to look into ordering parts. Luckily Joe had a print out from a Yanmar Dealer in West Palm, USA and we found all the part numbers we needed.
The quote from them was $500 plus and it will take 10 days, because they do not have any of these parts in stock.
Our supervising mechanic told us to call this certain dealer in New Jersey. And we did and was told it was out of his area to sell parts to us, and he gave us another number for Fort Lauderdale, USA.
So we did and they asked us for the zip code we are having it shipped to and was told it was not in their area, and they gave us another
Fort Lauderdale phone #. OMG
Finally we got the right Yanmar dealer, Complete Yacht Services. Joe gave them the
14 different parts we needed and within one hour a price was
emailed to us $250 tax included. But 3 items are no longer made and 2 items are not in stock in Fort Lauderdale.
Friday - Good News, I think. Complete Yacht Services, emailed and they can get all of our out of stock items and a replacement for the no longer made items. And they will ship out of C.Y.S. on Monday… and the price now is only $90 total. What the heck !!!
The parcel will be sent to a custom brokers and delivery agent in F.L.
and then flown to Marsh Harbour and will be received at
Bahama Flex Custom Brokers and delivery. We have emailed our
cruising permit to Yanmar and they are supposed to attach it to
the outside of the package, so Customs does not charge
it was time to defrost the fridge … I defrosted and cooked my lobsters
the small pieces I made lobster chowder for Wingspread, Charlie and Chris
once we got around the Whale
the strong winds hit us and we all stayed on board … for most of the day
at night we got together for some snacks on board Modaki
the next day we rented a golf cart and took Sandy's Way to other beaches
on Green Turtle Cay
and you always have to visit the dump … resident pigs here also
the boar made us keep our distance from his female and babies
the grave yard for golf carts
we went to White Sound and watched Other Goose leave the pond and
understood they decided to cross The Whale today … they actually went
thru Don't Rock
we have been seeing these floats all over the beach and have been told that they
are lights that are attached to fishermen's nets .. to attract the fish and so they don't see the nets
this one beach had these small foam wheels all over the beach
probably from fishing nets also
at GTC Sandy and John signed a one dollar bill and stapled it to the ceiling..
this Club is wall papered with one dollar bills
then it was time for lunch at Two Shorties, the lunch menu was a $5 meal
fried chicken, rice and peas and mac and cheese or spare ribs, rice and peas and coleslaw
happy hour at the liquor store once again, about 40 cruisers and locals attended
the next day was our chance to across the Whale
first of all we thought we would take the short cut and go thru Don't Rock, but a big roller, hit the sand bar and broke in front of us .. we quickly made a left hand turn and made our way out to Whale Channel … seas about 4-5 ft with the odd one 5-6-7 ft .. but it was about 11 seconds between then
it turned out to be one of our easiest crossings
we had a great sail from Logger Head Channel to the entrance to Marsh Harbour