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The Saga Continues

sunny 66 °F

Well, we did not get off on Wednesday, as we thought we might. We continued to be concerned about LPG gas leaks. We had a gas guy by the boat on Wednesday to check things out; he smelled gas but could not identify a leak. His first admonition was not to over tighten the hose to the tank -- that might damage the seal. His second was that maybe I had not tightened the hose enough causing the leak. I have not yet figured out how to split that difference without a torque wrench, which I have not owned in decades, which really would not work in this application.

So on Thursday, we are having, we hope, new valves installed on both tanks, one of which, arguably, may need a new valve. As a precaution, we cleaned the tank compartment off accumulated detritus and poured some water through the vent to ensure that it was clear; it was, a good thing.

After four days of intense work, addressing serious issues, it seemed almost bizarre that on Wednesday and Thursday we had no tasks, chores, checks or maintenance to accomplish. The transition from warp speed to impulse power was startling but appreciated; we both needed the break. One day was good but, two days was strictly marking time; as of 02/23/2011 we have spent 23 days in Nassau at this marina. Too many, just about 1/3 of the trip, so far. But at least it's warm and pleasant here, although Spring Creek may get to 70o today.

Mr. T. brought the tanks back this afternoon. One was in need of a new valve, which was changed. The people here are amazing. He came by on Wednesday and checked our system; on Thursday morning he picked up the two tanks; on Thursday afternoon he returned tham and wanted nothing for his time. We gave him some extra for gas but it was little enough for what he had done. Carol has been checking and has not yet smelled anything.

So, on Friday morning we plan to leave for Shroud Cay, a fairly long trip that will take 7~8 hours. Of course, we have planned to leave before and stayed tied to the dock.

Posted by sailziveli 06:07 Archived in Bahamas Tagged boating bahamas

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