New Ritchie BN 202 Compass

When Diann and I returned from Florida on our Gemini catamaran, Yacht A Fun, we were offshore overnight after leaving Fernandina Beach. The catamaran’s original compass was illuminated but was so small that we had to lean over to read the dial. Leaning over to read the dial meant that we weren’t as consistent with our course as we might …

Alex RookerNew Ritchie BN 202 Compass

“Casa San Carlo” Morehead City, NC

Italian food in Morehead City, NC recently got a new venue. Casa San Carlo is located at 913 Arendell Street. The location is about a seven block walk from the primary marinas at the harbor. Diann and I left our Gemini catamaran, Yacht a Fun, and joined New Bern friends for a car trip to check out the food. We …

Alex Rooker“Casa San Carlo” Morehead City, NC

Revisiting the Royal James grill

Beaufort, NC has such a wonderful variety of places to enjoy a beverage. You might want to consider the Royal James bar / grill / pool hall on your next visit. The establishment is in the same place as when started in 1945.             Diann and I stop in regularly. Burgers are old style and …

Alex RookerRevisiting the Royal James grill

Snap Screw hole epoxy

Sailrite snap screws work well for attaching canvas window covers. There can be a potential leak issue however. On our Gemini catamaran, Yacht a Fun, the snap screws were turned into existing screw holes. Initially, having caulk injected before snap screw insertion caused a decent retention and stability of the screws after the caulk had cured. Over time, however, wind …

Alex RookerSnap Screw hole epoxy

More Westerbeke effort

The day started well on our Gemini catamaran Yacht A Fun.  After the normal dog walk and coffee, I began what was to be the final details of engine work prior to having Patrick of Western Diesel return to our boat. First, I used a small rag to wipe engine paint over the drain plug (call it a second coat) …

Alex RookerMore Westerbeke effort

Westerbeke returns to engine compartment

Standing on the OSB panels, previously cut and placed to protect our cockpit floor from engine work related damage, I gazed upon the Westerbeke 30b engine.  Painted Texas Pete orange over Westerbeke catsup red, it was obvious that function over style had prevailed in the paint job. All was ready for the re-installation of the engine. Two sets of lifts …

Alex RookerWesterbeke returns to engine compartment

Another Westerbeke blog installment

The rear seal of the JS transmission for our Westerbeke 30b engine was professionally installed at the Western Branch Diesel facility in Beaufort. Many little touch up / final items were needed to be done, however, before attempting to install the transmission onto the engine. Most importantly, Yacht A Fun needed sleeves for the isolator mounting feet bolt stems. The …

Alex RookerAnother Westerbeke blog installment

Marine A/C clog

It had only been two days since the a/c strainer had been inspected and emptied of grass. But, What the hey ! It just made sense to check the a/c strainer before beginning more work on the Westerbeke engine of our Gemini catamaran. Boy was I in for surprises. After emptying the strainer, I opened the thru hull to see …

Alex RookerMarine A/C clog

Westerbeke engine work continued

Life on our Gemini catamaran got started well Labor Day morning.  Coffee, dog walk, a check of the news and weather.  Plus- an incoming text regarding having a contract captain engagement on Cruise The Neuse boat tours at Noon. My Westerbeke task filled the time between 9 and 11AM.  The face of the engine mount for the transmission was honed …

Alex RookerWesterbeke engine work continued

Westerbeke JS Transmission Seal- part 2

One of boating’s classic sayings is “the difference between an ordeal and an adventure, is attitude”. By and large, I agree. Some months back, Yacht A Fun experienced an oil seal failure- right in the middle of day-sail charter season. Diann and I opted to have the situation inspected by mechanics to see if we could quickly replace the seal …

Alex RookerWesterbeke JS Transmission Seal- part 2