The Lake was flat as a mill pond, there was no breeze and slightly overcast. I settled in for a long day. Its a bit more than 70 miles from Kingston to Trenton, all in sheltered water, first behind Amherst Island, then behind Pince Edward County, creating a long narrow bay.
Today was an important test for me- I ran 9.2 hours without a stop. I will have to do 3 or 4 days like this on Lake Huron and Lake Erie and I'm still trying to decide if I really want to do that. Today was fine, I enjoyed the ride, kept busy doing several boat chores, and was still enjoying the ride at the end of it. I guess I can make it all the way around.
I do have a couple boat problems. The Autopilot will not hold a steady course, it swings rather wildly. I fiddled with adjustments for a long time and finally got it to an acceptable level, but its still not right. I also belive the rudder position sensor is not working. I tried to call Raymarine on the cell, and got the usual menu of options, followed by a recording that the que was curently 20 minutes. I think it will work well enough for the Lake Huron run.
I've also got a cloged fuel line between the starboard tank and the T. I had been noticing that it looked like we used more fuel on the port tank, but since I only ran short times the connecting line would equalize the two tanks every stop. Today with 8 Hours non-stop it was clear- the port tank was bouncing on empty, while starboard was holding steady at half. I opened the engine hatch while running and checked the valves and they are set correctly. There must be a clog in one line. I can't wait to get into opening those conections and looking for a diesel clog.
I made my first fuel stop at Bellville for CDN$ 194.97, for 197.5 liters. Thats 52.2 gals, and a total engine time of 28.9 hours, or about 1.8 gal/hr. That is just about what I expected.
I have been running about 2300 rpm, making about 9.2-9.4 MPH. At that speed the engine sounds fine, there is no vibration, its not unpleassnatly lound, and all seems well.
|A few miles west of Kingston I passed this large industrial site. Notice how flat the water is.|
|A bit further along is this large power plant. I steered on their stacks for a long time. Water is still flat.|
|The chart says this is a cable ferry, but I couldn't get close enought to see the cable. It did not appear to be making any prop wash.|
|The entrance to Trenton has this bridge with the legend
"Gateway to the Trent-Severn Waterway".
I got to Trenton about 3:45, and by then it was blowing quite hard, almost on the nose. I was pleased at the Albins performance, it didn't seem to knock off the speed to any significant ammount, and it plowed thrugh the waves with a minimum of disturbance. It did throw some water on to the windshield.
On the next long runs I'm going to try to be underway at dawn, and into a harbor by 3:00PM.
|This old railway bridge is just above Trenton. I anchored near it in a very quiet spot for the night, even though a couple frieght trains crossed the bridge.|
|I tried to get into the lock, but I arrived at 4:10 and the last lockage
was at 4:00PM. I had a tought time getting turned arund in front of the lock,
then headed back to town for a walk.
I moved out an anchored near the Railway bridge and spent a quiet evening working on my web log and reading some of the guide books for the next days run.
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