SC to CT Day 12
Layover Chesapeake City, MD
Another day in Chesapeake City, MD... 0930 left via our rental car to Annapolis to pick up the new raw water pump for port engine... it was due to arrive via overnight air shipment around 1100... arrived back to Chesapeake City at 1330.
Susan returned the rental car to Enterprise in Elkton, MD while I installed the raw water pump....
A note if you are ever in Chesapeake City... there is no Uber service... Susan had to take a cab service back and it was a long wait for the cab to arrive... appears there is only one cab and driver for the area.
Had just finished installing the raw water pump when Susan got back... went to the pilot house and started the engine... checked to see if we had water flow out the exhaust... All good. Returned to engine room to check pump and hoses for any leaks... walked into engine room to see the bilge with about 3 inches of water in it... YIKES! I saw immediately where it was coming from... the joint between the exhaust hose and the muffler was gushing out water... I killed the engine with the emergency kill switch on the engine.
I inspected the area where I saw the water leaking out,,, the hose clamps were loose... I tightened them and restarted the engine... NO GOOD! SHUT DOWN... I removed the exhaust hose from the muffler... I discovered the 3" diameter connection was burnt looking and deformed... it had melted... evidently the exhaust without any water flow had been hot enough to melt the mufflers connection....
What to do ? I immediately went to the my computer to see if I could locate a new Vetus WaterLock P75 muffler... every place I found online that had them was closed... not open again till Monday... CRAP!
Plan B... got out my heat gun and softened the muffler connection and reformed it the best I could... used a lot of high temp gasket maker and reinstalled the exhaust hose... hopefully this will stop it from leaking... will still need to get a new muffler but hopefully the repair will get us back to Stamford.
Giving it all night to let the gasket maker dry and cure... will start the engine in the morning and fingers crossed it's fixed.