A little travel and a lot of repair!

Our trip from the Myrtle Beach Yacht Club started  by successfully backing out of our slip without hitting anything and pointing in the right direction.   This might sound like I’m making a joke but our docking adventures could go on a blooper reel!

Every trip has hazards we must avoid.  This journey dealt with The Rock Pile.    When building the ICW the Corp of Engineers chose not to follow a river but blast its way straight through several miles of rock formations.  The channel is deep enough for boats to pass but if you go out of the channel you’ll end up on the rocks.  Most folks go through at low tide so you can see the rocks, we went at high tide to give us enough water to get through and be pushed by the tide to our next destination.  We made it through ok but there was a lot of stress during the first 3 miles of The Rock Pile.

This was a pleasant journey down to Osprey Marina.  We were rained on for the first time and survived. We missed the opening at the Socastee bridge by 10 minutes and spent 50 minutes practicing doing loops in the channel.

The channel to Osprey Marina is a cute little cut out between the trees.   The Marina is secluded and is located in the middle of nowhere.   In spite of the fact that I drove past our slip and had to turn around I would call this one of our best dockings because I was able to back into our slip!    We’re still learning about backing up Checked Out.   It was also raining while docking which added some distractions.

The next morning we headed to Georgetown, SC. Because we backed into our slip the day before we just headed straight out to the ICW.   The trip to Harbor Walk Marina was uneventful.  We went down the Waccamaw River with the tide mostly in our favor.   Georgetown is a cute town with many historical homes over 100 years old.   Lots of restaurants and we didn’t have a meal we didn’t like.

The plan was to stay Thursday to Monday.   We’d been smelling diesel fuel in the cabin for a few days and did not think anything about it.  Saturday we discovered our fuel tank was leaking, just a drip but still leaking.  This was the original tank installed in 1974.  It was steel and was probably rusting from inside.  We were fortunate that the only boat yard capable of working on the tank was 100 yards away, Hazard Marine.

The biggest problem was getting the tank out of the boat.   The tank was 45″l x 22″h x 12.5″ w and is located under the cockpit floor. The openings on my cockpit storage is 11.5″ wide.      One option was to cut a big hole in the cockpit to remove the tank.    Imagine cutting a hole in your house order to install a piano.    In addition to being major surgery we would have been the 3rd boat in line to be worked on and would sit for several weeks.

Our solution was to trim 5″ back on a hatch between the quarter berth and the engine room.   (Expanding a window opening).    I found a replacement tank the same size as the original tank and the boat yard ordered it along with the extra parts needed.   Three of us got the old tank out and two of us installed the new tank.   The heat got one of the boat yard workers.   This was on Thursday August 11th.  I spent the next 3 days fixing the quarter berth hatch, reattaching all the electrical cables that had to be moved, supporting the tank and strapping it down.    I discovered that if I access the engine from the cabin I can put a fan on the engine and blow cold air from the ac unit into the engine room.    Monday the 15th we filled the tank with fuel and the engine started right up.

During all this work Jan went to Boone, NC to see Scout and Tyler with a stopover in Winston-Salem to have dinner with Ben.


More to come,

Jan & Matt

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