To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Year 2, Week 8: A Bad Case of the Mondays

Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news?


The good news is we're launched and back into the A&C canal.

The bad news is that the propane system failed again.

The worse news is that the Tides Marine Sure Seal isn't a sure seal, and must be replaced.


The propane solenoid corked off sometime last night. This morning, it just wouldn't open the valve. No hot coffee or tea to take the edge of the 6° temps this morning. Sigh.

So while one mechanic was trying to figure out why the Tides Marine Sure Seal was still dripping, the other replaced our propane solenoid.

So, we can at least have hot coffee while waiting for the replacement shaft seal to arrive. The shaft itself is generally good, the cooling-water plumbing is good. There isn't much of a culprit left except the Sure Seal assembly itself. The mechanics tried moving it around to find a spot on the shaft where it wouldn't leak. Epic Fail.

CA was in the lounge while the mechanic, the parts guy and the yard supervisor talked with the vendor. Tides Marine suggested we don't buy their product again. It's unsuitable for use on this boat.

It's going to be replaced with an entirely different kind of shaft seal. Most likely the PYI seal.

Blind Faith has pulled into the dock. That makes everything better.

And CA found the farm stand in Great Bridge. So we have a better selection of fresh veggies.