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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Rockhouse to St. Augustine, ball

Russ got most everything off the "bad" battery and monitored its discharge to make sure the engines would start this morning. It wasn't exactly a settled night. The weather was quiet. Our minds were not.

When it came time to start the engines, they powered right up. And there was much rejoicing.

However half of our engine display was blank. All day long we had no data on the starboard engine's RPM, oil pressure, or heat. For most boats this isn't too much a bother. But recall we're also having throttle issues, where the port side has to be almost an inch ahead of the starboard for both engines to run at similar RPMs. Now we had no visual feedback on where that was. We "drove by hearing" most of the day, since if the engines are mismatched there's a "wah-wah-wah" noise. When the engines agree on RPMs, that goes away.

Note the missing information about the 
starboard engine.
We arrived in St. Augustine near slack tide. No boats were on the fuel dock, so we sidled right in. While Russ checked us in and got our new Orion we also took this opportunity to tank up on water before grabbing a ball.

Of course, as soon as we got on the ball and turned off the engines, the display came right up. Now Russ is baffled, but focusing on the Orion installation.

So I can take a shower!

Gorgeous day overall in St. Augustine

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