he has a tendency to exaggerate a little
Moi how dare you!
The truth... It was a bumpy trip in clear skys and nothing that the crew from Little Ship weren't use too! but Quiet North was plodding along very quietly when she went an awful lot quieter... Yep the engine stopped. The Capt of QN thought that we had caught something around the prop and rudder as he couldn't move the rudder.........
Lesson one,.... it helps when you turn off the auto pilot
The Capt then descended into the cleanest engine room I have ever seen
and turned the racor filter over, I remember thinking that was a neat trick! he then started the engine.
The truth is the engine ran fine 10-15 more minutes before stopping for the second time.
Oh no it didnt it ran for about 30 seconds.
Said Capt then decended once again only to rush past the visitors and throw something over board.......... I think it was breakfast!
Lesson two .... Rolling seas and the smell of diesel don't mix well
Well that gave me the opportunity to have a look in the engine room. OK I didnt have a clue what all the pipes were jeepers there were thinks down there I have never seen (no bilge ferrets were to be seen)
Now the shore line.......... lets just say that it was'nt sand and it was getting very close..........
A little 8 hp engine on a Dingy tied to the side doesn't move a 36 Grand Banks very fast against a rolling sea. The Capt of Little ship had to use his considerable weight by standing on the edge of the dingy to prevent it from tipping in the seas, the Admiral of Little Ship stood at the helm of QN and steered us into a beautiful bay.... well it would have been if we weren't having difficulties.
Lets pick up that mooring and I tried with all I'm worth to hold onto it....
Lesson three drop the anchor thats what it's for
I think I'm now 6'2" again but I have arms that touch the ground!
Clearing the blockage was easy once we were in a safe anchorage and as the Capt said it was a piece of plastic which after removal let QN cruise along in beautiful surroundings which for some reason were very calm and non threatening after the event.
Well, the Admiral of Little Ship was, as she always is, attentive and able when stuff goes wrong and did a great job of helming QN into the bay but......
Lesson four dont let the Admiral have her nails done before a trip
she picked off all that very expensive nail polish whilst we were trying to stay off the rocks.........
It all turned out OK in the end but could have been a lot worse under the circumstances and as the Capt said even dual filters didn't help the matter as the blockage was on the tee!
I know that Eric will be spending days in the bilges cleaning spilt diesel, his Admiral will see to that.
Me, I'm going to report him to the Ferret society there was not one scrap of flotsam for them to sleep on down there....