|Green Angels ready to help us with our fuel needs.|
|Sinaloa is the tomato state of Mexico|
I tried starting our brand new (rebuilt) Perkins 4-108 diesel engine and it would turn over fine but not fire so I called Bob at Total Yacht Works and he came over to check it out. The next day he brought in an expert who adjusted the timing on the fuel pump and she fired right up. Now we have to run her for about 50 hours to break in the engine before we head south. The problem is that when we run the engine it heats up the cabin and that's where we live. With it already being 85 degrees the additional heat of the engine brings the cabin temperature up over 90 degrees which makes it impossible to sleep. Connie rigged a bed on top of the boat and I made do with fans. We have not been able to put very many hours on the engine this first week as the heat and noise is a negative factor. Plainly said, it sucks.
Meanwhile, Connie tackled the master cabin, then the galley, then the quarter berth, then we cleaned out the head and finally the v berth. Now we are working our way through the main cabin and in a day or two will be absolutely finished cleaning the inside of the boat, floors, walls, ceiling, cabinets, drawers, cubbies, and every dog damn crevice in the whole stinking boat! The good thing is that we got to know what's in every dog damn crevice and we were able to toss out a lot of junk. If we have not used it last year then, hell, we probably don't need it this next year. Next Saturday there is a "Treasures of the Bilge" sale for the cruisers here at the marina. I've got a butt load of stuff I'll try to sell. Then if it does not gain me a peso or two I'll just leave it at the gate and it will disappear overnight. That's the good thing about cruising in Mexico. If you have something that you think has some value and don't want to just chuck it into the trash, just set it by the gate or the recycle bin and someone will take it away and hopefully make some use of it or maybe even make a little money off of it. I love Mexico.
|It is starting to cool down at night.|
The Tohatsu outboard started. The Honda generator didn't. We took the old gasoline to the recycle barrel but the guy helping us took it instead to burn it in his car. Now I have to clean the carburetor in the Honda generator. The main jet is probably all lacquered up from the old gas sitting there all summer. I found a YouTube video on the process so now I'm an expert on servicing a Honda 2000 generator. Don't let that little spring pop out and get lost! I'll let you know if I screw it up.
I've got the new solar panels mounted but am looking for some connectors to make it all nice and neat. We are making progress on our task list, getting little things fixed that we know are broken. Just today I found a break in the little hose that goes from the water meter gizmo to the water tank that tells me how much water is in there. I could see where a previous owner patched the sensor hose with duct tape and it pulled loose. It is kinda cool to see evidence of where Dennis, the previous owner, fixed something and it re-broke years later in the same spot. I hope my fixes are more long term but you'll see, in the future some young guy new owner of Traveler will be ferreting around in the bilge and find my half-ass fix on some hose or wire. I hope he has a grin on his face like it do when I find one of Dennis' "creative solutions".
Once we have the boat all clean and everything stowed as it should, then we want to take her out into the blue sea and get this 50 hour engine break in finished. We are thinking we'd just head west from here into the Sea of Cortez and motor for 15 hours. We'll put the pedal to the metal and get on the headphones and I'll have 15 hours of Pink Floyd to keep me occupied. Connie will probably be listening to Cuban music. Once we reach 27 degrees north, 107 degrees west we will turn off the engine, take a nap, then power back to Mazatlan for another 15 hours. Once we finish the break in, Bob will check for oil leaks, change the oil and filters, and maybe readjust the valves and retorque the cylinder heads and manifolds. Then we are good to head south!
In the meantime, we run the engine for an hour or two each day, clean things, spray silicone spray on things that are stuck, fix things that we find broken, and exercise every system we can think of, like run out all the anchor chain and use the windless to crank it all back in, hank on sails and check the running rigging, try the radar, SSB, VHF. Also we're lubricating the tools, hinges, mounts, turning on lights, opening things, closing things, and drinking lots of cold beer in the process.
We also lubricate ourselves, having a nice cold cerveza in the afternoon and in the evening Connie makes herself a Mojito and I have a glass or two of red wine. Tonight we sat in the cockpit having dinner and listening to the local musician playing at Gus Gus restaurant. We had fresh shrimp fried in coconut oil and breaded with our favorite Bimbo bread crumbs.