Last week we attempted to solve our
water problems, practiced flying our light wind sail and introduced you to Aidan, my
friend and now John’s friend, from Canada who came to stay with us on the boat for
the holidays! His visit ended in Nassau where we spent nearly a month working on the boat before heading to the remote islands of the Bahamas. Not only do we
share with you the engine job that John challenged me to complete but we also
get to try the local cuisine, visit a place that I remember from my childhood,
and spend time teaching our new friends how to scuba dive! Cally Duncan, it’s your birthday! It’s your birthday Cally Duncan. Happy Birthday! Cally: okay…
John: 30 years old
Cally: I’m not thirty!!
John: close to 30 years old… John: cream of wheat birthday treat.. Cally: I should not have tried to relive my childhood on my birthday because it means that I
don’t get breakfast in bed because I have to make it!
John: I’m no good at making
cream of wheat. John: how’s the cream of wheat birthday treat coming?
Cally: yeah good, I just added the last minute powder to get the lumps just right.
John: lumps?? Cally: yeah that’s how you do it. It tells you do it this way so you don’t get lumps. But I do it the way for lumps and it is good, trust me.
John: you get lumps!
Cally: just trust me!
John: It’s not supposed to be lumpy. Cally: that’s why I had to make it. You would have made it and followed the instructions and it would have ended up without lumps. John: delicious right
Cally: no… Cally: my Nana used to always add extra lumps for me. John: it looks like
mashed potatoes. That looks horrendous.
Cally: you’re eating it! Cally: now, it should
normally be like beautiful golden streaks of brown sugar but the cane
sugars kind of whitish so it just looks like cream of wheat and milk but there’s sugar in there and it’s gonna be delicious! Cally: Let’s see. Well yeah I guess I’ll test it for you. Ah, it’s perfect I want your reaction on camera though.
John: cream of wheat
Cally: make sure to get milk in there! John: like that?
Cally: yes… Cally: is it good?
John: it taste like jelly…
Cally: lumpy jelly? Like lumpy jelly sand? John: mmm, yes.
Cally: that’s it!
Cally: Do you actually hate it?
John: it’s the texture that’s interesting. Cally: There’s nothing else
John: that’s for sure.. Cally: it’s not a tropical food because it
makes you sweat but it’s the perfect winter birthday Canadian delicacy. John: delicacy? It’s not a delicacy. Cally: All delicacies are controversial to some people so you’re only proving my point further that it is a delicacy
John: no I’m saying everyone loves it so it mustn’t be a delicacy
Cally: you hate it.
You called it revolting.
John: I’m one person Cally: exactly controversial
John: just with me…
Cally: yeah but if we take a sample of the population that’s half the population hates it and
a half thinks its a delicacy
John: the population of the boat is that what you’re referring to?
John: what’s happening on your birthday? Cally: um, we’re gonna Skype people so we’re gonna Skype my mother and father and see my nieces and then we’re gonna Skype my very good friends Dani and Johnnie and Greg and Nicola.
John: your very good friends?
Cally: my very good friends yep!
John: how did you meet them? Cally: through you … Cally: Skypes are done, it is lunch and beach time.
John: beach and lunch or lunch and beach?
Cally: lunch and beach I think! John: yeah, lunch and beach.
Cally: I’m hungry, I mean the cream a wheat kept me full until – wait – oh, only until noon. Oops… John: okay
Cally: okay And off we went to start the trek to the
tourist beach: a place I remembered from a childhood visit to the Bahamas with my
family as the first time I ever swam in the ocean! John: washing machine! And to wrap up my birthday celebrations
on the walk back we stopped for a birthday Bahamian conch salad dinner
at a local food stand and Wow was it good! Especially because fresh food at the grocery stores in the Bahamas is so
expensive. It was a great end to a great birthday!
This morning I’m taking apart the engine
which I don’t know why John gave me this job or why he trusts me to take the
engine apart but I’m having my breakfast got homemade bread with strawberry jam
and cream cheese and a nice hot coffee and then I’ve got out my work board
for the dirty fuel bits for afterwards and I’ll try and take the engine apart… To be honest it’s gonna be
interesting, mark my words before I start, John you shouldn’t have let me touch the
engine. I said it I told him before he left as well … we’ll see what happens! Okay so the new pump is wired in and
mounted and when I pull the button on the fuel up at the ignition
it makes pump noises so the pump works, it’s $12 on Amazon, but it works!
And we had an initial problem where we wired the negative to the closest
negative bus bar and the positive up to the switch and then from the switch to
the positive bus bar that’s by the switch but that bus bar is just for our
autopilot and our depth sounder and our sailing instruments and so that bus bar
is only “hot” or like as a power supply to it when the sailing instrument switch is
on. And I didn’t think we want that just in the event we have to like move really
quickly or pull up the anchor or whatever and we don’t quite have time to
switch it on. You know, another boats dragging at you and you just want to get
on the way or I don’t know so I’ve actually taken it off that bus bar and ran a longer
wire and and brought it back to one that’s that’s always got power. So pump
works and now I have my new hose which we were gonna bypass the old manual pump
but because no one has this metric engine fitting for volvo penta we have
to use this one we can’t just get a nipple with the same threads as the bolt… where is the bolt. Uh oh, oh it is in it. Here we go…
As the bolt that goes into it, let me just take this off. Ooooh okay there is two washers.
That’s interesting.. So yeah we wanted a nipple with this
size of threads and then we could have just inserted it, one end into the hose and
one end into the engine but it doesn’t exist here in Nassau which I’m sure
is a common problem so we’re using the old fitting. We’re going into the old
manual pump – it’ll add a little bit of friction John was saying I think or
someone was saying but the PSI of our new pump I think is a little higher.
It’s like four PSI and said you only need a couple PSI so maybe that’ll be
good. So we’ll go through the old engine manual pump and then up to the secondary filter which all that’s already in place so, um, yeah figuring that out as I go but
I mean I get stumped on the stupidest problems like you get a bolt like this
and you get your washers. Which side do the washers go on? Is it one on each side?
Do you do two washers next to each other? These kind of problems that I think boys just do all the time when they put stuff together and it just it
stumps me. I want to do it right but I don’t know like yeah I’m just gonna
guess and do one washer on this side one washer on this side and hope for the
best! You guys gonna hang out with me
while I work. I like company… We are gonna attach where that red tape is back on the primary fuel filter right after the fuel tank that will go one side of
our hose that will lead up to our fuel pump on that end and then it will pump
the fuel from there through the old manual pump, up through to here. To the secondary filter. And we have to
use this fitting because it’s got this little metal pipe and we can’t get a
nipple that is this size of bolt so we’ll just go through the old system hope for
the best. John can give his commentary when he
gets back on what he thinks of my job. Fuel pump did not work.. I went through the old manual pump
because fittings that we had just seemed to work there and I didn’t want to cut
any piece of the engine off or or make any drastic changes without John sort of
troubleshooting it first. I did look to see where the fuel was running to so I
took the nut, loosened the nut on the secondary filter and fuel was squirting
out there when the pump was running. I did lose the injector nut and fuel was
not coming out of there so it looks like the manual pump is the issue and trying
to go through that because you can see where the fuel goes up to the secondary
that’s good but then the other line coming out of the manual pump is the
one that goes to the injector and obviously that ones not good. So John got home and he took a look and he told me we’re just gonna use the fitting that goes into the old manual pump, remove the old fitting that goes into the secondary
filter and it should be interchangeable. So I’m going to try that, it’s not a
permanent cut anything kind of fix so thats reassuring at least. And after rerouting the fuel and creating a
blanking plate for the spot where the old manual pump sat, the fuel pump
appeared to be pumping fuel correctly. The only problem the starter motor which
had been serviced by John not too long ago was no longer working so we couldn’t
fully test it until we replaced the starter motor altogether. So I guess this
is how a starter motor works. The electrical gets hooked up to the back.
Four wires, to be investigated what those do. Why there would be four.
And then this must grip onto something, I want to say a driveshaft but I don’t know what the
driveshaft is. Crankshaft? Or is that the crankshaft. I don’t know but that
grips on do something that turns … this maybe? It’s interesting but it’s done! With the new starter motor in and the engine running well I finally had time to teach
our new friends to scuba dive!
No Emie: Cally is the super best dive instructor and she will teach me how to dive and I will do my PADI with the big buddy here. Cally: who makes us lunch. And the boss supervising… No Emie: was my accent, my French accent was good?
Cally: yeah it was really good that’s perfect yeah. The only trouble is you
haven’t been in the water so you don’t know if I’m a super dive instructor yet!
You are just assuming it’ll be fine!
No Emie: well, yeah… It had been over a month in Nassau now
with so much time spent at the marina fixing the engine that I was nearly made
a staff member. But it was time to leave we had goodbyes dinners with friends,
squeezed in time to teach some last minute wakeboarding lessons and pulled
up the anchor before waving goodbye to our friends as we escaped from the big
city! Check out next week as we leave Nassau for the beautiful Exumas
island chain where we enjoy an anchorage all to ourselves,
start honing our spearfishing skills, see some cool sights both above and below
the water and try and track down a pub where we can watch our favorite football
team play in the Super Bowl!