The adventures of Jim & Mary on America's Great Loop.
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
Friday, October 2, 2009
Grafton & Alton, Illinois
Houses along the banks of the Mississippi, on stilts
Since leaving our upscale accommodations at Beardstown, we were looking forward to Grafton, which is a very nice marina. However on our trip to Grafton, the port side engine stopped working, so we did not go all the way to Grafton, we stopped about 2o miles short, there was a restaurant along the river that had a dock, we were allowed to spend the night there. Operating on only one engine, it took us the better part of the day to go the 60 miles that we did. This dock had no electricity, which is usually not a problem, we just use our generator. As luck would have it, the generator also decided not to work. For all you non-boaters, no electricity/generator, means no shower. Yuk!!
Next morning, we notified the marina that we were limping in on one engine, so they were there to help us dock, since the wind was pushing us around like a kite. It was very comforting to be inside a secured marina and not just in the river tied off. We met quite a few fellow loopers which is always nice. The mechanic, Mark, came out and he and Jim started trouble shooting both the engine and the generator. They found a relay on the engine that was not making contact, and replaced that. The impeller on the generator needed to be replaced as well. The relay had to be ordered so we stayed for a few days. As of Thursday, all parts were put in and we left today which is Friday.
The next stop is a short 16 miles south at Alton Marina, a short run to test the engine. Not good, although the port engine never quit, it did want to stall, and the oil pressure fluctuated greatly, then the starboard side decided to act up as well. We got into Alton and called Mark. As of this writing, they did a few other things to both engines, and as before they run great at the dock. We will see what tomorrow brings. The next marina is 44 miles south of here. Last chance to get it right, because the one after that is over 200 miles. Yikes.....