The Adventures of the Fort Myers' Gypsy
January 24, 2013

Where do I begin? Seems like we are constantly dogged by repairs. The alternator is still held in place by tie wraps. The last fiacso threatened to end the trip. We are holed up in Key Largo waiting for favorable weather to cross. Hope it's soon. Full moon is coming. While approaching the current anchorage (back at Pennecamp) the oil pressure dropped off. I immediately shut off the engine in not such a great place and Bob poured some in......to get us to the mooring ball safely. Upon inspection the engine had not a drop in it and the bilge was full !!!!!!

Imagine my horror......in the most pristine coral area and no discharge zone to have all that oil in the bilge. Not to mention if the engine was shot. After several trips and several miles on foot to the hardware store and West Marine it was discovered the problem was an .89 part that had failed in the oil sending unit. Bob fixed the sending unit and we filled her back up and crossed our fingers the engine was not hurt. The continuation of the trip depended on it. I got in the lazarette to reach the bilge and scooped the oil out one soup ladle (attached to a dowel with duct tape) at a time. Glad I brought a large pot!!! Not sure I'll feel the same way about soup ever again.

About the same time the head acted up so while we were trekking to West Marine Bob picked up new hoses and parts to end the head nightmare once and for all. When he started the work it was discovered the through hull didn't close even though the handle moved freely for open or closed!!!!! So he sat with his thumb over the leaking valve while I retireved a bung plug.

Two days later, tired and stressed, all is well and fixed (we think and for now). I am convinced that the most important tool to have aboard is someone who knows how to fix stuff. And while all this repairing of things was going on it was howling outside. I'm having baptism by fire again and I learn new things every day. Got a great smelling and working head out of the deal. LOL.

It's been a real adventure since leaving Miami. Got the main sail up and saw the "real" African Queen. Now we relax a bit and wait for a weather window. Miss you all and think about you often.

Captain Kathy and Captain Sunny Bob

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