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Shelter Bay 5th January

by | Jan 5, 2017 | Voyage Logs | 4 comments

Finally Sea Bear was re-launched on 3rd January, it felt great to be back in the water. Felt it was time to get sailing again, a few little jobs to finish off but then a set back and had a disaster afternoon.
There was a drain valve at bottom of fuel tank just checking things over looked like it was leaking a bit, investigating and it fell off in my hand so there I was laying in engine bay with my finger stopping the hole where once the valve was. Like the Dutch boy and the dam trying to stop 30 gals of diesel pouring into the bilges Mmm I thought! Anyway someone heard me shouting and came to help so I was able to tell them where a wooden plug and a hammer was so hammered the plug in the hole.
The reducer between tank and valve had been just a mild steel fitting, not fit for purpose at all and had just corroded away. Lucky that it had happened here where I was able to fix it and not somewhere out at sea
Spent rest of afternoon chasing someone down as I need to empty fuel tank so need big drum and pump etc. Eventually all organised and next morning the tank was pumped out, fitting replaced with new valve and tank refilled.
So planning to set of in the morning, just a short hop up the coast to either Portabelo or Isla Linton.
I will also switch on the Yellow Brick Tracker so there should appear a live position of the boat on the current position page.

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