Nice morning. We motored through a windless night and deploy the jib as the wind builds. We make 3 to 4kts. This will have us arriving at the right time to avoid triple customs fees (weekend arrival is more costly).
Huub has been closeted away working on a video tutorial on how to hitch boat rides across the Pacific Ocean. He shows me the finished product. Nice work. Look for “The Dutch Seaman on YouTube.
After breakfast the fresh Walter pump blows a fuse. Hmm. Never did that before… so I reset it. Then it blew again. Now I know what I’ll be up to this morning.
I put an amp meter on the pump which is rated to draw 11 amps max. I measure it drawing up to 50. And also it reads OL on the meter at times. I take this to mean over limit. I think something is shorting. I set about pulling the pump. I note the wire terminals show signs of overheating. 50 amps will do that to 16 gauge wire… It happens I have a spare water pump. I install that and it works fine.
Kat asks me how water pumps work. I try to explain and fail. Nothing like taking bum gear apart as a teaching tool. The motor is tricky but it looks like the contact plates in the rotor might be shorting out with dust from aged brushes. We clean the narrow space between the plates with an old guitar string and reassemble. Then inspect the pump mechanism. That part doesn’t look suspicious. Reinstall that pump and still draws too much power. One or more rotor coils shorted? Maybe I’ll look at this pump motor again some old lonesome day but for now we run on the spare. Anybody have electrical advice or do I have to open (gasp!) a book?
The wind poops out during this project and it is again diesel time again. Later in the afternoon wind returns and we run nicely on the spinnaker. We’ve been fishing but no fish. Pasta with zucchini and cream sauce for dinner is a great plan B.
We motored through most of last night. Then during Kat’s watch some wind returns. I’m sleeping and wake to the sound of her deploying the jib. I consider going up to help. But it’s an easy one sailor task. And she will realize more satisfaction if she does it all herself. She agreed when I spoke to her later.
Shortly after dawn we furl the jib and deploy the spinnaker. Not a one sailor job! Flies nicely for a few hours, then wind dies again. We are 30 miles from our marina destination. We are due at 6pm earliest. Its 9:45 am and we have time.