"I'd be interested in doing some of the trip depending on when you were thinking of traveling. I've done a couple of blue water trips from CT and RI down to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Actually had some part of my butt…"
"There should be two set screws on the shaft side of the coupling. These will keep the shaft from moving fore and aft. They should also be wired together with stainless steel wire to prevent their loosening.
I'm attaching a photo I…"
"Just as a side note, don't do any prop shaft alignment while the boat is hauled out. That must be done in the water as you can have some torque of the hull while on the hard and mess up an alignment."
"Ha!!! it is interesting how information comes out. I'll bet you a dime for a dollar that the prop has not opened up fully and causing an imbalance. A barnacle in the wrong place could very well do that and prevent one blade…"
"The only way it could be the alternator is if there were and extremely heavy load on it, meaning your batteries charge level was very low. If you have a shore power charger, this should not be the case.
As far as if a wire were broken on the…"
"If it runs rough while not in gear, it may not be running on all cylinders. I'd check each cylinder by loosening the fuel line at each injector one at a time while it is running. If air is in the system, it will get pushed out and…"
"Thanks for the reply Sam. I will probably have to guess the hours as I have not seen it show anything since my test sail. Also, with everything I have read about the inaccuracy of the fuel gauge, I feel like I will be flying blind without an hour…"
"Sorry for the delayed response, but...
I finally added an additional hour meter. My engine hour display on the tach was intermittent, it was keeping the cumulative hours but just not displaying it consistently. It appeared to cycle with…"
"Thanks Chris and Mike,
Finally got a chance to visit the boat and the bowl was, as you suggested was only lightly secured by silicone, Repair effected and new valve in place, all we need now is some warmer weather as even in Sydney we have had snow…"