Okay, so Seraphim is on her mooring after a cold and eventful maiden voyage with her new owner.
Except for the cold and some stiff winds, some of the more notable events were:
1) It turns out that while motor sailing, the water pulls up on the stern high enough to submerge the bilge pump overboard. All that needs to happen then, is for the pump to start and fill the line, creating a perfect syphon – from then on, as long as the stern is squatting, we are alternately filling and emptying the bilge with about 10 inches of water, about every 20 seconds.
Remedy: check valve has been purchased and will be placed in the line.
2) The engine (V-Drive) shaft to prop shaft coupling was apparently a little loose and the three bolts in there were exposed to sheer forces each time the engine was shifted. Result: Sheered off the bolts just as we entered Greenport Harbor (Long Island).
Remedy: After making a hard u-turn so we wouldn't hit the dock, we secured the boat, removed the V-Drive, placed it on the countertop to drill and tap the coupling holes, while the crew quickly went to fetch new bolts before the local hardware store closed. Upon their return the unit was ready drilled and tapped - ready for re-installation with new bolts, but with lock nuts added for extra security. Torqued to specifications and locked – V-Drive back installed and we popped open a cold one.
3) The rolling furler does not want to roll up the sail, except in short, one -turn bursts, when it blows 25, gusting to 30kts.
Remedy: looking up to the top with the binocs it seems that if there is enough wind, the spinnaker halyard can interfere / hang up the swivel mechanism ( there’s a knot in the jib halyard). Jib will come down next time I am on the boat and it is calm - knot will be removed + the Jib overall will be lowered in its track by removing the 8” stainless pigtail now connected on the foot.
4) The HP Injection lines are apparently tired from vibrating. Just as we were traversing Hell gate the #1 Cylinder one started a crack right at its crimp at the injector and after dripping for a few hours the leak became progressively worse (attempts at tightening probably accelerated this process), to the point that it started misting onto the exhaust…
Remedy: Temporary – we wrapped a small piece of line around the fault area so that instead of spraying freely, it just squirted the inside of the wrap, thus saturating the piece of line and allowing us to guide the steady drip safely away from the exhaust. For the permanent fix I cannibalized one of the engines (with permission) on a boat in the yard that had sunk during Sandy and is awaiting a replacement enngine (which by the way will be good old Guillemot’s engine, which had stayed dry). The engine matched and so did the HP line - secure and tight. All it needs now is some pretty red paint to match its three sisters. I am thinking of adding a few brackets to secure the lines to each other where they run near each other, hoping to eliminate some movement...
All in all a memorable and chilly trip – I believe I have broken her in a bit but then again I am also sure there will be a few more surprises coming.