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Normans Cay

sunny 82 °F

Don't know who Norman was, but I did know a Norman M. in high school, but I doubt that he has any nexus with this cay. Normans Cay is notorious in a Miami Vice sort of way. In the 80's Carlos Lehder used this island as a transshipment point for cocaine smuggling. That was shut down but at least one plane wreck remains as a testament to that sordid history.

Getting out of Dodge, actually Allens Cay, was good; I did not feel safe there. Carol got to be Captain for a Day and did fairly well, having wimped out only on the anchor recovery at Allens Cay, a decidedly tricky bit. She got us out of Allens Cay, sailed south, and deposited us at the critical entry to the VPR route for Normans Cay where I took over. The sailing was good enough; she didn't want to put out very much sail, so we didn't go very fast but the boat was easier to handle which seemed to suit her. The trip was only 10~12 nm, or so, from anchor up to anchor down so speed was not an issue. This is Carol doing her best Obi Wan Kenobi imitation as she pilots the boat south.

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As has become my wont, I checked the anchor; looked good. The thing about the water is this: it is clear, inviting and damn cold. You would think that shallow water and bright sun would produce a bath tub effect. No way! It's OK for a few minutes but could be a problem for a longer period of time. Most of the people we have seen scuba diving wear wet suits. Makes sense to me. While in the water I checked the zinc again because of the vibration. As a test I decided to take it off to see if the vibration persisted. It did. The magic hands were busy again. I dropped one half of the zinc and it buried itself in the sand, the depression looking just like several dozen of its closest neighbors. It was gone.

This sunset was only the second one we have seen that did not have a heavy layer of clouds intervening at the horizon, although there were some almost below the horizon. The other one I missed .... glad I caught this one.

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The next morning we got up and really addressed base of the motor mounts holding the motor to the boat. There were several that needed some tightening so I asked Carol to help. You can put two women in a kitchen on a project and they will figure out how to parcel the work; same thing with two guys on a mechanical project. Gender bending on some things just doesn't seem to work. Carol, despite her willingness to help, is clueless when given a wrench and a target bolt head. Not a criticism, just an observation. We tightened what we could, during which time I dropped, sound familiar, a 5/8" box end wrench in a place where I probably cannot retrieve it.

All the effort, grease, sweat and bruises produced no change; we still have a concerning vibration. So, we left for Highbourne Cay where we will anchor for the night. On Friday, we will head back to Nassau, yet again, and have an appointment with an engine guy for Monday morning. Best case, it's an engine alignment issue, a lot of work but fairly straight forward. Worst case would be some sort of fuel issue, e.g. a clogged injector, for which we have a spare, or a injection pump issue, for which we don't.

Posted by sailziveli 13:16 Archived in Bahamas

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