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  • PT26
    Senior Member
    • Mar 2012
    • 255

    Heading south for the winter

    It's that time again... We wanted to leave sooner but Sandy had her way and slowed down our plans.
    We plan to leave this coming Friday, first stop is Solomans island.
    Luckily we had no damage from the storm on our G26.
    I wanted to get more done on the boat before we would leave but that always seems to be the case!
    Hopefully this will be a good run to Florida... With the new A4 we hope to be out of the cold Chesapeke Bay in a few long days.
    If anyone knows of hurricane debris or shoaled entrances please post them, I am sure there are some nice dead heads floating around too!
    Paul
    S/V PT26
    1971 Grampian G26 W/A4


    "The Devil never comes to you with a pitchfork and a ball of fire"
  • Mo
    Afourian MVP
    • Jun 2007
    • 4519

    #2
    Cool....you guys came back part way with Hanley last year didn't you? I can only wish to be spending the winter in Florida. Safe travels.
    Mo

    "Odyssey"
    1976 C&C 30 MKI

    The pessimist complains about the wind.
    The optimist expects it to change.
    The realist adjusts the sails.
    ...Sir William Arthur Ward.

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    • PT26
      Senior Member
      • Mar 2012
      • 255

      #3
      Hi Mo

      Yes we did travel with Hanley part of the way down and part of the way back.
      He also helped us out with the repower, putting in the new A4. His help was priceless. If I ever made a good friend it's Hanley for sure!
      Thanks for the best wishes in our travels.

      All the best
      Paul
      S/V PT26
      1971 Grampian G26 W/A4


      "The Devil never comes to you with a pitchfork and a ball of fire"

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      • Mo
        Afourian MVP
        • Jun 2007
        • 4519

        #4
        No doubt Hanley is a fine fella. You are lucky to get to do it again. I had a guy I know that left Halifax a couple of weeks ago. His diesel developed problems so he came back, removed it, and is overhauling it. Talked to him yesterday and he figures he'd have been in NYC had he not had problems. He's not as upset about the whole ordeal since seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. He should be trying again this week if the rings and bearings came in.

        Have a great trip.
        Mo

        "Odyssey"
        1976 C&C 30 MKI

        The pessimist complains about the wind.
        The optimist expects it to change.
        The realist adjusts the sails.
        ...Sir William Arthur Ward.

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        • ILikeRust
          Afourian MVP
          • Sep 2010
          • 2212

          #5
          You gonna stop in Queens Creek on the way down maybe?
          - Bill T.
          - Richmond, VA

          Relentless pursuer of lost causes

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          • PT26
            Senior Member
            • Mar 2012
            • 255

            #6
            Hey

            Yes, it is one of our planned stops... Is the channel clear?
            It is a great place to anchor up for the night, then we will head for Hampton Roads.
            Paul
            S/V PT26
            1971 Grampian G26 W/A4


            "The Devil never comes to you with a pitchfork and a ball of fire"

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            • ILikeRust
              Afourian MVP
              • Sep 2010
              • 2212

              #7
              As far as I know, it is clear - I don't have first-hand knowledge, but I haven't heard otherwise and have no reason to believe it's not open.

              When will you be in the area? Just wondering.
              - Bill T.
              - Richmond, VA

              Relentless pursuer of lost causes

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              • hanleyclifford
                Afourian MVP
                • Mar 2010
                • 7020

                #8
                Gotta love the Atlantic ICW

                Great to hear the PT26 is making another run! Keep us posted. Tell us if you find any new anchorages or other travel info. Fair winds and seas, Hanley

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                • sastanley
                  Afourian MVP
                  • Sep 2008
                  • 7035

                  #9
                  Paul, if/when you come thru Solomons, please let me know. Hanley has my digits, or you can PM me for them. It would be great to see you all again...especially since you are on the way south to warmer climates this time!!

                  P.S.> I have not been keeping a close eye myself, but I hear there is another storm brewing for this week..please check reliable sources and stay safe.
                  Last edited by sastanley; 11-04-2012, 10:13 PM.
                  -Shawn
                  "Holiday" - '89 Alura 35 #109
                  "Twice Around" - '77 C-30, #511 with original A-4 & MMI manifold - SOLD! (no longer a two boat owner!!)
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                  • PT26
                    Senior Member
                    • Mar 2012
                    • 255

                    #10
                    Very cool we will be at the Tiki Bar dock on Friday night if all goes well
                    It looks like the weather is going to be good so we should make it there by then.

                    @Hanley thanks, will keep you posted my friend.
                    Paul
                    S/V PT26
                    1971 Grampian G26 W/A4


                    "The Devil never comes to you with a pitchfork and a ball of fire"

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                    • sastanley
                      Afourian MVP
                      • Sep 2008
                      • 7035

                      #11
                      Paul...sounds good...send me a PM at your convenience.. I think the Tiki Bar is now closed for the season..it might mean an overnight stay is even cheaper, but I am not sure how picky they are or how much of a stickler they might be about it wrt payment, etc..

                      The marina next door (Harbor Island) is minimalist, but adequate.

                      We can chat again as your schedule firms up.
                      Last edited by sastanley; 11-04-2012, 10:30 PM.
                      -Shawn
                      "Holiday" - '89 Alura 35 #109
                      "Twice Around" - '77 C-30, #511 with original A-4 & MMI manifold - SOLD! (no longer a two boat owner!!)
                      sigpic

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                      • Marian Claire
                        Afourian MVP
                        • Aug 2007
                        • 1769

                        #12
                        P&T: Will watch your progress south. Hope to cross wakes again. Be safe out there. Dan S/V Marian Claire

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                        • PT26
                          Senior Member
                          • Mar 2012
                          • 255

                          #13
                          Day 2

                          Day 1 was uneventful aside from the sloppy seas and leaving late in the morning. Good thing we know where everything is... We made it from Cambridge MD to Solomans Island MD in 8 hours averaging 1.16 gallons per hour. Since it was late I sat down for what I though would be a few minutes and woke up at midnight to a thud against the Tiki Bar Dock (bumper needed)! I wanted to investigate why the extra fuel usage but so much for that!

                          After a good rest, we were seriously tired from the first day of our trip South, we left before dawn in the dark due to the next hop to Queens Creek and 17 other boats headed to the same place. Hahaha jokes on them all jammed up in Deltaville. We are by ourselves in this "Gem" of an anchorage.

                          The A4 ran well all day except for a burp and sputter while re-fueling along the way. I had attributed it to being low on fuel and adding the marvels and then the gas. Trina said it was overly Marvelous LOL

                          To my surprise when we pulled into anchor just as it got dark the A4 seemed to be starving for fuel. Thank Goodness we were exactly where we wanted to be when she shut off!

                          Then it was time to take a look and see whats up - she wouldn't start back up.

                          I let it sit for about ten minutes and she started but when given gas she stalled out. I checked the oil, added oil and did the regular check up in order to think about what it might be.

                          I went back out and started the A4 again and pulled the choke and she would run fine so it was in need of carburetor attention. Trina pulled the side wall out and I adjusted the carb and let some of the fuel out of it while tapping lightly hoping if something was stuck in there it would cut loose.

                          This seemed to do the trick and it is running fine now but I am not sure why I had to adjust the idle mixture needle valve out two and a half turns instead of the two turns it was set at. Could it be the cold weather or the new motor just needed the adjustment after a long day running (12 hours)?

                          Today, with the wind and swell in our face all day we burned 14 gallons of fuel - 1.16 Gallons per hour still. We're a little baffled at the consumption, any suggestions there?

                          We leave here at twilight so we can get into Hampton Roads VA at a good time during the day tomorrow.
                          Paul
                          S/V PT26
                          1971 Grampian G26 W/A4


                          "The Devil never comes to you with a pitchfork and a ball of fire"

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                          • Mo
                            Afourian MVP
                            • Jun 2007
                            • 4519

                            #14
                            Worked on one this summer with some of the same sx. Here's what I did.
                            -took carb apart and cleaned it up. The mixture screw was so corroded that I thought is was seating in when it wasn't...once cleaned and set up again the boat still had a subtle hesitation.
                            -Adjusted timing under load...actually retarded it a touch and it ran perfect again.

                            Did this whole repair in about an hour. The owner said his fuel efficiency improved after that as well.
                            Mo

                            "Odyssey"
                            1976 C&C 30 MKI

                            The pessimist complains about the wind.
                            The optimist expects it to change.
                            The realist adjusts the sails.
                            ...Sir William Arthur Ward.

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                            • ILikeRust
                              Afourian MVP
                              • Sep 2010
                              • 2212

                              #15
                              Do me a favor and take a pic of my boat as you go by. I've never seen what it looks like from out in the creek - because every time I've been out in the creek, I've been on my boat!
                              - Bill T.
                              - Richmond, VA

                              Relentless pursuer of lost causes

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