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the Bahamas, the Keys, Florida, and Cuba. Early Trouble: A mile south of St. Augustine, a sudden loud knocking got my immediate attention. Investigation revealed a substantial fuel leak in addition to the noise. Tying up at nearby Oasis Boat Yard looking for help, Ryan, the yard manager, quickly found and fixed the fuel leak and sent a diver The route was AICW south from Jacksonville to the St. Lucie Inlet. A slightly NE track would take us to our to check the prop and cut- initial waypoint at White Sand Ridge, and then use a familiar trek to the Eastern Abaco Islands. It didn’t lass bearing, all looking work out that way. ok. A loose engine mount soon identified the probaSeven miles from our planned stop, thenoise came back ble noise source. Confident in the engine mount fix, I with a vengeance. It was so loud; I immediately shut the picked up my crew, grandson Grant and his dad Matt engine down and called for a tow. Two hours later, Kruse, in Vero Beach. We made our way down the ICW Rhombus tied up at Hinckley Marina in Manatee Pocket toward our Bahamas departure point at Port St. Lucie.

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Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds December 2017  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...