As i always put things off till morning if possible, the next day i went at the problem tracing the fuel source to the generator lift pump, the little do dad the brings fuel uphill to get things going. Some things on the boat have required little or no repair so my knowledge of them is limited but i will say the Northern Lights gen motor has consistently provided me with opportunities to learn, hahaha…
Getting parts in the Philippines is a challenge at best, so the orders are made and shipping arranged through an agent but that still left me with no gen. i can survive this way but not happily. Two items that require the gen are the water maker and the dive compressor, both being used frequently here. The dive shop will fill my tanks and there is a water source for boats so we can manage if we must.
With the help of my cruising mate, Dale, we sorted out the options and solutions in the best “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” methods, one experiment after another showed that with a small 12v submersible pump to get things started and a jerry can of fuel the gen would run. I soon took a lesson on how much fuel the gen intakes before the return lines pass the excess back to the tanks, i used 10- 15 liters an hour! i tried to hook the return line back to the jerry can with no luck. the procedure is to pump fuel from the main tank into the jerry can each day, often twice a day. So i get my daily douse of diesel, i now have a semi permanent diesel aroma on my hands.
So we duck yet another disaster and Mickey Mouse saves the day. i ponder the evolutions i have taken, six years ago this would have sent me into a tizzy, i could deal with such problems and rarely had a solution. the years of cruising in remote places have taught me a few things, mostly that things will all work out and there is a solution to every problem. Sure is still cuss a bit but i have the calmness of knowing that eventually some solution will pop up, quite often i find at 3 AM in my deep sleep. So many times i have gone to bed with a problem and awoke with a fix, i seem to be a better engineer in my sleep.