We travelled directly from Rodrigues to Reunion, skipping Mauritius, mainly to spend more time enjoying Reunion’s incredible natural beauty. But we’ve also been taking advantage of being on a little less of a tight schedule to complete a few boat projects.
Trip highlights from October 6th follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps
We found a coolant leak where the hoses connect to the main engine keel cooler. The installed clamps were too big and had bottomed out rather than clamping with full force. James replaced the two clamps with four high-quality clamps of the right size and stopped the leak. The corrosion visible at the keel cooler is from a small saltwater leak that will require hauling the boat and removing the keel cooler to properly repair. Ironically, the leak showed up just after our last haulout in New Zealand. We’ve temporarily sealed the leak with epoxy, which does work, but it appears to cause some surface corrosion.
We also investigated a small oil leak at the main engine power take-off cover. The sealing o-ring was hardened and cracked. We don’t carry a spare, but successfully sealed it up with Permatex orange and will get two spare o-rings on our next Deere parts order.
Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.
On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps.