Tuesday, November 12, 2013 / Stephanie / Uncategorized  

For those of you paying attention, Rode Trip and her crew are all A-OK!

And for those of you who know your geography, Savannah, Georgia is NOT the Abacos, Bahamas! This was further clarified by this morning's view.

Approximately 200nm into our trek we were becalmed; this was forecasted and we had planned to motor through. Upon checking the engine oil prior to firing up the Perkins, Brian discovered a significant amount of diesel fuel in the oil. In short, we had an engine issue that was not about to be solved at sea and we turned back toward the coast. It seems for the second year in a row we were unable to break free from the extreme gravitational pull toward Georgia. I don't know what the attraction is and I can tell you that St. Mary's was not in the running as a stopping point this time 'round. But here we are plodding down the Intracoastal Waterway. We've contacted the OCC Port Officer here in Savannah for some brainstorming and recommendations. Rode Trip is on her way to the Hinckley Marina in Thunderbolt, GA where the Perkins will get a thorough inspection and repair as needed. Meanwhile... we're making the most of our new destination and I'll roll out the full details of what has been an extraordinary ocean passage!


  1. From stephanie on Nov 13, 2013
    Hey PHil, no hard feelings about St. Marys - we just spent way too much time there last November with our previous engine issues. Thanks for the tip, not to worry Brian had changed the oil before he got the engine up and running. Seems to be a fuel injector pump seal; the entire pump is now getting rebuilt and its due. Jealous you're visiting with Scott & Kitty, say hello! Hope to be on our way again soon...

  2. From stephanie on Nov 13, 2013
    Thanks, Scott. Thankfully nothing severe just a setback. The boatyard is taking good care of our fuel injector pump and we hope to be out on the water again soon. Enjoy your road trip, say hello to Phil for us!

  3. From stephanie on Nov 13, 2013
    Thanks, Frank & Ems! Keep you posted...but we're doing great despite a setback. Engine should be good as new in a few days...

  4. From Eleanor Q on Nov 13, 2013
    Steph. Let us know if we can help! Frank and Mary Marie

  5. From Scott Kuhner on Nov 12, 2013
    Kitty and I are sorry that you didn't make it to St Marys; because, we are now at Phil Hoysradat's for the night. We were not able to bring Tamure south this year (a long story), so we have been doing a "Road Trip" by car down to Florida. Sure hope your engine problems are not severe and that you will be on your way as soon as the next front goes through.

  6. From phil hoysradt on Nov 12, 2013
    hi from st marys make sure to change oil if you have diesel in lube. diesel will damage bearings if diluted too much. leak may be a return line under valve cover or a h/p line leading into an injector. scott and kitty kuhner from Tamare are here spending the note. good luck. phil