I won't go into boring detail, but when you change oil and filters on an engine, you introduce a bit of air into that engine. Engines do not run with air in their systems, so it is imperative that you bleed that air out. Turns out, this "bleeding" process was the tricky part on this engine and it took three very skilled boat guys to figure it out. Basically, because our priming lever was not working properly (which took a while to diagnose) it did not bleed all the air out of the system like it should have. As a result, we needed to prime the entire fuel line manually by tracing the diesel from the tank to each of the injectors, venting the air out as it went using a wrench and closing those valves when the fuel got to it. This was a two person job with one person cranking the engine and the other following the fuel while opening and closing the injectors. Good times. On the bright side, Isla slept through the whole thing so it doesn't seem that the engine running will be a problem for her.
|Shane and Scott working in tandem to bleed the air.|
|Travis, working away|
While Scott worked away in the engine room all day I finished up the provisioning and purchased all our fresh food as well as wine and beer. The boat is now fully loaded and we are now (dare I say) good to go. I'll share my provisioning list soon so you can see what we've jammed into this beauty. Believe it or now, we even have a couple inches of waterline to spare. Plans are written in sand over here, but we are still on track to head to the Bahamas by the end of the week...fingers crossed.