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These are all the Blogs posted on Thursday, 3 November, 2011.
Chesapeake City, MD to Galesville, MD
Rhode Island to Florida - Day 11
We woke before sunrise to get an early start so that we would have the current in our favor exiting the C&D Canal. Susan walked Beecha and got things ready to leave... get the engines started so they can warm up... GLITCH IN OUR PLANS!
The starboard engine (the one with the good propeller) would not start... UGH! Worked with it for about an hour checking everything... engine would turn over but would not start. We were not going to spend another day in Chesapeake City... it's nice but after two nights we were ready to leave... off on one engine we went... departing at 0815 hours. With boost from the current we were able to make between 6.5 and 7.0 knots... but once we exited the canal we started to get a little current against us... soon we had slowed to 6 knots.

At about 1015 hours and decided to try and start the starboard engine again... earlier trying to start it the starter got really hot so I gave it a couple of hours to cool down... I turned the key and she fired right up... have no idea what the problem was but it was now running and we were under power with both engines... dropped her in gear and brought her up to rpm and we increased speed to 6.6 knots... surprising how little the second engine increased the speed... :)

The starboard engine is the one we had discovered a raw water leak in Chesapeake City... coming out from behind the heat exchanger at the rear of the engine... checking the engine after it started and 30 minute checks all day long I did no see a single drop of water leaking out... another mystery with this engine.

The port engine that has the damaged wheel (propeller) from the rebar did not exhibit any vibration whatsoever and underway it does not seem to be affecting the cruising speed... I sure some efficiency has been lost but nothing noticeable.

Boat traffic today was a little heavier... we passed maybe 6 sail boats during the day and a 65' Fleming passed us going north... Going under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge we passed 5 or six ships at anchor waiting to go into port... those things are massive!!!

Our destination for the day was Galesville, MD on the western shore of the Chesapeake... it is on the West River. We arrived and docked safely at the City Docks at approximately 1715 hours.

Fingers crossed that the engine starts in the morning.

We traveled today for 9 hours covering 56.79 nautical miles and averaging 6.31 knots.

Trip totals to date:

Distance: 434.62 nautical miles
Hours: 74 hours 36 minutes
Avg Spd: 5.82 knots
Days not moving: 2

Posted at 7:17 PM by:Jay
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