"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

October 1, 2011

Sept. 30 – Great Bridge, VA

Day 196 – Work Day

Stan spent the day in the engine room trying to figure out where the leak was in our port fuel tank. We’ve had a small leak for the last month or two and he wanted to fix it before we left the boat for the winter. He pulled the wood away from the tank and moved what he could so he could inspect the tank…he found a small crack in the lower corner. He spoke with the marina and they pumped the diesel from the port tank into the starboard tank and they will fix the crack on Monday. At the moment we are listing to starboard, since all the fuel is on one side of the boat. I feel like I’m on a sailboat. While Stan was working on the boat, I was trying to find a way to get home. I knew we would have to pay an extra fee for renting a car and not returning it to the same city…but I didn’t know it would be so much! I should have done a little research earlier in the summer…flying would have been a lot more economical, especially if I had booked the flights early. We will plan better next year. On the positive side, we should have enough points on our credit card to pay for the rental. Our plan right now is to pick up the car on Monday afternoon, winterize the boat on Tuesday morning and start home Tuesday afternoon…but as we have learned, plans can change. One way or another we should be home by next weekend.

There isn't a lot of room to work in the engine room...can you find Stan? Hint: You can just see his hat
Looking south at Atlantic Yacht Basin
Looking north from the far end of the marina.

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