Wow. Time Surely Flies By!

I had to look to see where we left we the last post and it was back in Myrtle Beach fixing things…

Well… Guess what we have been doing?


First the good stuff. We had a very nice trip up to Southport, and then up the Cape Fear River to Wilmington. It is really amazing to sail in the same water that ships have since the 1700s.

But I had an engine… ;-)

Wilmington was the largest cotton shipping port in the world at one time. They also built Liberty ships here during WW2 – 150 of them!

It is a really cool town and well worth a visit if you have never been. There is tons of history and they have done a very nice job of restoring and cleaning up the waterfront area.

We will be here for a couple more weeks. Shelly and Ryan are in Marion helping her mom pack up and get her house ready to sell. It is kinda quiet around Yume, but means I can tear stuff all up and work!

And I have. All the new flooring is in and looks great. We are just tickled pink with it.

This is a picture of the very forward bottom of the starboard fuel tank. It leaked again. I was so bummed I almost sat down and cried. You are looking at aluminum corrosion coming from the outside of the tank and working its way to the inside.

But after a day or two, I just opened it back up and found this. In Florida, I had cut into the middle of the tank, and left the forward part alone thinking it was ok. I was wrong.

In that hole next to the mast was a black water tank (sewage) that had to be removed, then the floor cut out, then the fiberglass, then the aluminum tank again in a different place. All fixed ( hopefully).

I have been puttering just making things better as this job progressed. The ac units have new cooling lines and have been cleaned up. The engine has a new air intake filter system. The generator engine wiring has been all redone and the alternator cleaned up and reassembled.

As we are at the dock, it is much easier to varnish so we are adding coats of varnish to the port toerails and handrails. And the mainmast got a new boot to stop water from leaking down into the boat.

Shelly sewed new cushions for a friend’s boat, and is looking for the right material to redo all ours. Then we will redo all the outside cushions.

Both of us are spending more time on paws4vets fundraising activities, especially with the Combined Federal Campaign. The plan is to keep moving north to be in DC for the late fall events.

I just hope we don’t freeze our fannies off before we can turn around and run south with the winter storms!

Ryan turned 16 last month. Amazing. We went out for Alaskan king crab and a good time was had by all.


I am getting to dislike pictures. Somehow I am starting to look my age. Why is it we have to get old?

The restaurant was right across the river from the battleship.

Very cool ship.

So we are hanging out here in NC, getting ready for the next phase which is moving to near Norfolk Va to the next event, then on up into the Chesapeake. We want to try and get to as many places as we can. Maybe up the Delaware River to Philly, then Annapolis, and the Potomac (right past General Washington’s home!) to DC where we could drop an anchor in sight of the monument to him.

How cool would that be?

Stay with us!

Instead of a picture of Goose to end this post – have you seen his new video?


And a video of living on Yume – 1st 6 months!  

Time to Go!

Even though my fingers and toes are crossed that all is well, we did start the engine and run it just a little late today. It sounds good, ( no knocking, no mechanical banging and crunching, and so far we have only one small oil weep. Normal for a 30 year old engine although I would love to have zero leaks!

Sure is pretty, don’t you agree? We will see how long that lasts.

Here is what we have done during the last two weeks.

Engine – pulled the transmission, bell housing, damper plate, four motor mounts, heat exchanger, oil cooler, fresh and salt water pumps, valve cover, injectors and lines, fuel filter, oil cooler hoses, oil pan.

All these were degreased and cleaned with wire brush in a drill, then washed, primed and painted. Gaskets, prongs and seals were replaced as needed. Then it was all reassembled with new filters, oil for the transmission and engine and coolant.


Then while that was going on, Shelly added coats of varnish to the starboard toe rail, deck trim and removed the entrance hatch and trim to strip, sand and varnish. It looks great!

We have had some small very annoying water leaks, so to find the one aft we pulled the trim, pulled out the port (window for you landlubbers), and removed the wall panelling. It didn’t take long to find the leak when you could see it!

Kinda scary having a big old hole in your boat!

So that got sealed up, and we cut new paneling, varnished that and the trim, reinstalled the port and tested. No leaks!

For fun, she wrapped rope around the legs of the salon table as the chrome long ago began to rust…

The table top is teak veneer and has been refinished too many times so that the veneer has been sanded through and needed something. We tried to cut a piece of the paneling, seal and varnish and just glue and clamp it right over the old table, then pour an epoxy like on a restaurant table. The jury is still out on that project…

Goose thinks it is so funny that we work so hard while he just lays around and sleeps.

So now we are talking about what next. Tomorrow we run the engine at the dock to flush the engine coolant through a couple of times and bring it up to temperature. We need to check for leaks, and work the transmission at the dock before we take off.

Update… Since I didn’t get this post finished yesterday…

We had leaks. Coolant, fuel and oil. The coolant and fuel were relatively easy to stop, but the oil pan leaks are not. Gotta love a challenge!

Tinkered with it all day. Rode the bike 5 miles to walmart for broiler pans to slide under the engine to catch any oil and keep the bilge clean. By 4 pm most everything looked pretty good. Tested the engine at the dock in reverse for a while and I think we are ready to go.

Next .. The old town of Wilmington NC – 20 miles up the river from Southport and 50 miles from here.

Take off time it is. Very soon. Maybe even in the morning. Our friends from Marathon on Luck Of a Fool are already there and waiting to show us where the happy hours are.

Easy peasy. (With a running engine and working transmission!)










Let’s Get To Know Our Engine Better!

Did you know that right in front of the bell housing on the back part of the engine, (accessed by removing the propeller shaft coupling and transmission), is a part called a pressure plate or damper.

It is a basically 5 big steel springs set into three connected steel thin plates whose function is to take up the torque when the engine is shifted into gear and allow the transmission to smoothly change from forward to neutral to reverse. You have one on your car .

And did you know when the pressure plate explodes while the engine is running it makes a LOT of noise as pieces and parts get flung around the back of the bell housing like a washing machine.

Then you have no transmission. And if you are out in the waterway, you have no propulsion.

We learned these things last week.

For the last ten days we have been in Myrtle Beach, at a dock, with engine parts all over the place.

The hurricane passed us by with no harm last week, the weather has been very nice, and it is kind of cool to be able to turn on the air conditioning during the day when it gets hot! (Kind of cool – get it?)

The old plate. And the heat exchanger out and ready for repair.

We are almost all fixed. Waiting for the welder across the street to finish up an exhaust elbow that needed looking at while it was off. (As long as the transmission was off, and we were already at the dock, we took the opportunity to take a bunch more off and clean, fix, overhaul…

Ryan was very happy to help degrease and clean the engine. Hehe. He has also been back on his bowsprit working to make the underneath part look as good as he did the top part…

Shelly has been varnishing and painting. With access from the dock, a place to lay things out, and not having to worry about moving the boat, we are in maintenance mode (again).

Engine parts all cleaned up and painted ready for reinstall..

The new pressure plate is in and ready for the bell housing and transmission.

We did have a very nice trip up from Georgetown to Myrtle Beach. And we are really very fortunate to have broken down here. The marina is relatively inexpensive, and very cruiser friendly; there are a multitude of great repair facilities and parts, and the wifi is awesome!

The Intracoastal waterway along this stretch is made up of connected rivers. The Waccamaw was flooded due to all the heavy rains, and flooded with weekend boaters. We saw lots of floating debris, trees, logs etc and actually bumped one floating log with the bow that scared the crap out of all of us.

What was amazing was watching all the parents chugging their beer and hauling their little kids on their tubes and things behind their pontoon boats at full throttle through all this debris.

Not only was I visualizing one of the kids getting run over by someone looking back at their kids instead of where they were going, but we could easily imagine one of those speeding inner tube things getting drug over a floating log at 30 mph and ripping the poor little kids to shreds. Definately braver parents than we.

Every single waterway marker has an Osprey nest with young ones screaming to be fed. You can just see the chicks heads at the top of this one.

So that's the news fit to report. Future plans are still in the air, although our next scheduled stop is Wilmington, only 50 miles further. We have to be in Northern Va in early September but that seems a long time away.


Hilton Head Island to Myrtle Beach

We left HHI the morning after our first guests (other than Sam and his Dad) left and we were glad to be underway. Although it sure was fun having someone here (and having nothing breaking!)

We went fishing for mackerel with live bait, but caught a shark.

We had a very nice time sailing, swimming, beach walking and just generally slowing down for a couple of days!

But we jump ahead. We left you in Daytona Fl without knowing what we were going to do.

After a wonderful motor sail up the Intracoastal, we pulled into St. Augustine to see two replica Spanish 18th century era ships docked at the municipal marina. One was a huge Galleon (they carried the gold from Mexico back to Spain) and one was a Caravel similar to the ships that went with Magellan around the world. It was cool. And we are so sorry but we were looking so hard we forgot to take pictures!

We found an anchorage in a tight little spot on the beach side and stayed for a day to run Goose on the beach a lot, hit the grocery store and decide what to do.

With cooperating weather, we headed out the inlet a week ago Thursday, and set a course for Hilton Head Island. This short overnighter was 146 miles and the farthest offshore was only 28 miles. We could see the glow from the cities like Brunswick and Savanannah easily at sea.

Several fish jumped on the lure we are always dragging. We pulled in a Barracuda, but usually do not eat them although I have heard they are good eating away from the reefs. You can see how absolutely calm it was at first out on the ocean.

Three other fishg got off the line in the next 30 hours, and one completely stripped the line off the reel. Probably better we didn’t get that one in…

Ryan took the opportunity to do some heavy animating, but complained that the motion of the boat was making him queasy.

I am attempting to add a video (just another sunset at sea) – hope it works!

We all took turns keeping watch at night so we could get a little sleep. Shelly and Ryan were on 12-4 am when something showed on the horizon they could not quite make out. It was a blood red coloring that looked like maybe a ship with the port running light relecting off the water but it seemed to be getting very large and close. Ryan mentioned something about Godzilla and fireballs..

It took about ten minutes for the blood red moon to rise through the clouds and show itself, much to their relief…

We saw the Tybee Island Light about 530 am and it took another 6 hours to make it in to HHI. We sailed right past the house on the water where we were married 29 years ago!

That night we were very lucky that our old friend and musician David Wingo was playing at the marina we were anchored next to, so we dingied in to see him. He was very kind and asked me to sing a couple of songs with him.

Wade and Nickie arrived the next day.

From HHI we have mostly motored against a north east breeze up to Charleson where we caught up with Dave and Mary on their boat Luck of a Fool who we spent time with in Boot Key Harbor this winter.

Yesterday morning coming out of Charleston we almost ran over this little boat that pulled right in front of us. He was lucky I was paying attention!

As this is being written we are motoring into a stiff breeze on the Waccamaw River coming out of Georgetown SC where we stopped for breakfast and to let Goose fertilize the local landscaping. What a beautiful town with a ton of history!

We will be in Myrtle Beach tonight if all goes well, and Wilmington the next day for the next chapter in the sailing life aboard Yume!



The Yume Odyssey – a Different Approach to Life!