Chesapeake City, MD
Rhode Island to Florida - Day 10
We did not leave Chesapeake City today... late yesterday we discovered a leak on the starboard engine... salt water was leaking from behind the heat exchanger... a real slow leak but non the less a leak... have a damaged port wheel (propeller) from the rebar that wrapped around it. Anyway. we decided to take a layover day and figure out what we wanted to do.
Conclusion was to proceed on south tomorrow... the leak is slow and I really do not want to tackle a repair when we are at a remote location... need to have parts source readily available... we are accustomed to having a dry bilge so we will deal with water in the bilge for now.
The wheel damage does not seem to affect things much... of course it will affect the efficiency slightly... we may loose a little speed... instead of getting 7.5 knots at 2750 rpm.. we might only get 7.3 knots... at the dock there is absolutely no vibration that I observed. If we get underway and discover that my assumptions are incorrect then we will deal with swapping out the wheels then.
Trip totals to date:
Distance: 377.83 nautical miles
Hours: 65 hours 36 minutes
Avg Spd: 5.75 knots
Days not moving: 2