Thunderstorm: Dockside

Another Summer Thunderstorm We arrived to the docks just minutes before an ominous-looking summer thunderstorm.  We rushed to get Gira settled below decks and all of our hatches closed.  Across the skyline, lightning ripped against the cloudy back-drop, which grew darker by the second.  Having achieved our preparations, and checked the weather predictions on Weather Underground, Windy, DarkSky, and MyRadar.  We sat in the cockpit awaiting the storm and visually double checking the deck. The temperature dropped drastically.  The clouds built to near vertical, meaning the storm was packing a…

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Marine Diesel Engine: Banjo’s Full Story

Perkins 4.236 Marine Diesel Engine Lift Pump

It has been some time since we have posted and, as we draw closer to having Banjo’s 85HP Perkins 4.236 marine diesel engine re-install being completed, we have decided to share the full story.  DISCLAIMER Please treat this post as our learning experience, and as a cautionary tale, not as any form of personal attack or bashing.  We realize mistakes happen and sometimes a simple oversight can have disastrous, and expensive consequences.  It is not our intent to speak poorly of anyone, but this IS what happened.  We have elected…

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Post-Hurricane Michael Sunset

Tonight’s sunset literally had Shannon call me out of the rack to come see.  After being up all night on anchor watch during Hurricane Michael’s passage through North Carolina, and our visit by Chuck Courtney (EDIT: 2019Jun25 PLEASE SEE THIS POST FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING OUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS TECHNICIAN), I was beat tired.  Shannon was down cooking up some dinner and she hollered, “You have GOT to come see this!” Our first sunset since Hurricane Michael did not disappoint.  We have seen many spectacular sunsets since bringing Banjo to…

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Perkins 4.236 Engine Repair: Water in Oil

Background A few weeks ago before Hurricane Florence hit New Bern, we had a problem starting our Perkins 4.236 Engine.  The starter would barely turn over and then stop.  I’m learning, but I am not a good engine guy yet, but I am slowly learning how to do some basic Perkins 4.236 Engine Repair myself.  We had a friend look at it and they noticed that we had more oil on the dipstick than usual.  A LOT more. A couple of people looked at it and the proposal was given…

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Our Boat Refrigeration Problem: Part 1

We have a dilemma.  Since we have been on the hook, we have found that we seem to have ample electrical power, except when it comes to refrigeration.  For the past few weeks, we have avoided putting our battery energy into refrigeration.  Banjo came to us with a SeaFrost DC5000 12V Refrigeration System.  The system consists of two cold pates; one for the freezer compartment and one for our double refrigerator compartment.  However, the compressor for the system draws 40 amps.  That’s right, true believers, we said FORTY amps.  Also,…

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