Thursday, June 17, 2010

#20 Back to Port McNeill

The high wind warnings for the BC Inside Passage continued so we stayed Monday and Tuesday in Lagoon Cove. On Tuesday, the Selene 55 Bonaventure, a Wild Blue color twin, arrived in Lagoon Cove. Rick Clark and company will meet with Procyon II, another Selene 55, on their way north to Alaska.

The owners of Bonaventure really have great taste in boat colors!

Early Wednesday at 5AM the winds subsided to less than 20 knots and we immediately left for Port McNeill. We timed it riht and the 4-hour motor was uneventful. At the Port we shopped. Besides bread and produce, we really wanted more of those imported Pink Lady apples.

We had previously ordered an engine part. The harbormaster was holding a replacement raw water pump for the one leaking on Wild Blue's generator. We paid the Canadian Customs duty and installed the pump. Received great help from Hilt Automotive mechanic just across from the Post Office whose exotic tool inventory allowed him to remove the spline gear off the old pump and install it on the new one. The new pump works great and no more seawater leak!

A new part on an all white engine is pretty easy to spot.

When we are cruising along for any distance, about once every couple hours Pat takes the wheel and Alex takes a crawl through the engine room. He dons noise reducing head gear and inspects the generator, stabilizers, main engine, and fuel supply. A few days ago while performing the checks, he noticed water slowly flowing out of main engine sea water pump. So today a new main engine pump was ordered from Oxnard, CA for delivery in Port Hardy hopefully by next week. We'll see.

Tonight is the final game of the NBA Finals. Should be a great game to watch however, we've been invited next door for dinner. Oh well. We'll be off tomorrow for a week of local cruising before Pat heads back to SLO Town.

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