Engine Trouble

For those of you following along at home.

We have left Marathon and are heading back to St Augustine. On our second day we noticed an odd sound. Looking into the engine room I noticed a fair amount of exhaust smoke. As the engine was running fine I figured there was an exhaust leak somewhere and we motored on to No Name Harbor, Key Biscayne.

We arrived safe and sound with enough day time to make some calls. First up was Jim “Bo” Bohanan of First Mate Yacht Services, he agreed with the exhaust leak and advised us not to run the boat. His concern was not the engine, he was concerned about the exhaust heat setting the boat on fire.
Following Bo’s directions for locating the leak we found a small hole in part of the exhaust manifold. This was probably left over from when the exhaust injection elbow dumped sea water into the fourth cylinder. After a few conferring calls with my brother David and our friend Rudolph of Tulum III all that is left is the doing. Using David’s recommendation I will attempt to clean the hole, drill it out and tap it for a pipe plug. If this works we will be back on track tomorrow morning, otherwise it could be a few days.

As the saying goes. living on a boat is just boat repair in exotic places. Off to the engine room I go, here’s hoping.


Well that is not going to work. The hole is the size of my finger at the first knuckle and there isn’t much thickness to it, 1/8″ or less so drilling and tapping won’t work.

We have located two suppliers that have the unit in stock. It will take 2 days to get here, I’ll spend the today pulling the old manifold and making sure I don’t break anything.

Time to put the canvas up…..


All the new parts are in, thank you Kathy, and the old parts are removed. It all goes back together tomorrow.

S/V Perfect Partner in Miami

Thanks to our friends Rudolph and Elisa on S/V Tulum III for this picture.

S/V Perfect Partner

S/V Perfect Partner


The Rig is up

There is still lots of work to do. We move back on the boat this weekend.

Chainplate Update and New Refrigeration

The Good

It was a busy weekend on Perfect Partner. We installed our new, bought in November, refrigeration system. We did not replace the the box just the “innards” as Charla just it. The old plates and compressor bits came out yesterday as the new plate went in. The new compressor went in today. I am not too happy about how I did the tubing but it is connected so I may have to leave it for now.

The Bad

The new chainplates were pickup yesterday, Saturday, from the metal shop. The space where the old ones were have been filled and faired. We were hoping to move back on this weekend but things are not as far along as we hoped and the refrigerator took the weekend anyway.

The Ugly

Nothing to see here folks, move along

Next on Springer: Chain plates exposed!

Here is this weeks progress.

Next steps:

  • Chain plates come out
  • Interior starts getting put back together
  • New side plates go on
  • We move back aboard
  • The inner fore stay plate and back stay plates get done
  • The rig goes back up
  • We put it all back together

No Disassemble

Progress is slow. This was this past Friday.


Our mastless boat, a view from the dinghy


Looks Naked

Mast removed

Yup, it’s the boat, not me or Syd…

We had the mast taken down this morning, after a rigging inspection about a week ago that found, multiple cracks on our StaLoc and Swages… and after speaking with a few trusted friends and a surveyor that we love and trust and respect, we decided if we wanted to sail safely, it made sense to have it all replaced now.  The good news is, we won’t have to do this for another 15-20 years if we are lucky.  The rigging inspection also confirmed that we had been hit by lightening in our past, let’s hope we are not ever aboard for that experience first hand :).

We also found out that our staysail was not correctly attached to the turnbuckle, which was causing us problems using it – not just a bearing issue…

The chainplates are glassed into the boat, and that’s not a good thing because water will get in and corrode the metal and because they are “fiberglassed” in, there is no oxygen exposure, so… it is likely that they are not in good shape, but we won’t know until we crack the boat open to replace them.

As of now, MackSails – which come highly recommended and have a GREAT reputation, have our mast and are beginning the re-rigging process.  They will begin the chainplate work once we get the “housing” situation resolved, which should be the end of this week.  This means, we will be land lubbers for a week or so, beginning, we think on Friday, we will be staying in a house in Lake Worth, FL during that time.  That’s all for now, we will post another picture in the near future, a view from the dinghy with our naked boat!

Stove Drama

Sunday, we decided to work on the stove and see if we could get the burners and broiler replaced.  We had to drill out the old burners to get the screws out cause they were seized and stripped (before we tried).  Once we got the burners off and pulled the top cover, we realized that apparently our force 10 stove has 2 burner retro kits.  We got the one that doesn’t work on our stove.  We took a deep breath and were like, okay, we can work through this, we’ll just keep our fuel lines and clean the thermocouples.  We still thought we could get the stove fixed.  We tried to loosen the bolts on the fuel lines and they are seized, we got one of them off, but couldn’t remove the fuel line from the burner.  Bottom line is a new stove is in our future.  We have ordered it, but cannot get it delivered until Wednesday.  We are delayed in Melbourne, FL for a few more days.

On a positive note, the area underneath the stove was in desperate need of a cleaning, and removal of old stove has allowed me to do just that:


Stove Cubby

We also have learned that if you don’t perform stove maintenance regularly, the bolts will seize and repair/replace will be next to impossible and you won’t know until you have destroyed the stove.  We also learned how easy it is to clean around the stove, just takes the removal of a few screws and someone to help lift it out of it’s cubby.

In the meantime, we are enjoying the company of my Mom and Karl, who have been kind enough to run us around town for various errands and we have had some good meals.  We have seen many dolphin and pelicans and well, the view isn’t too bad :).

Intercoastal Waterway               Bridge, just off our dock

The ICW and the bridge, just off our dock



The new davits

A big thank you to Byron & Don Capo of  Capo Welding for making a great set of davits and Patrick Schulte for paving the way with a great idea. The total time for fabrication and install was four days. We are tickled with how well they came out.