Well, it’s Friday and I’m home back in Athens. I’ll explain but first lets recap
Finishing the oil/varnish on Sunday (Thanks Thanos!)
(Ilias… this one’s for you)
Wednesday was the mast foot day. We gotta cut 3cm off due to electrolysis
Lots of other stuff getting done. Fiberglass repair on the bow
Thursday was the last prep day. Taking the last stuff off the boat while bringing back other stuff (dingy, fenders etc). I took apart and cleaned the mast lights, all in working order. Kostas was also running around and it was getting late. He was still working on the mast foot and I was supposed to lay on the second coat of antifoul paint. Then things started getting worry-ing
My Perkins diesel has a heat exchanger. The engine is fresh water cooled. This water passes through a chamber and is cooled with sea water which gets dumped back to the sea via the exhaust. This chambers’ got a pencil anode (sacrificial zinc) so to avoid electrolysis in the chamber due to dissimilar metals in the salt water. I tried getting the new one back in but an old piece was stuck in there. Well, to make a long story short, the tubes (which mostly were blocked) is in a bucket of acid and the main chamber is almost holed from corrosion and must be repaired or replaced. For more info on zincs
Howdoyalike dem apples!!!!
Naturally the launch has been canceled. I was feeling bummed out but also releaved. A failed heat exchanger would have been catastrophic to the engine (seizure) plus I didn’t really feel ready. So I drove home last night, passed out and slept like a baby… without the misquotes WooHoo!
“It is what it is” as the saying goes in the boat/cruising world.
ps… zzzzzzzzzz, snore, zzzzzzzzz
pss.. the phones ringing off the hook. Everyone’s calling to hear the splashing news… how embarrassing! lol