We finally made Charleston, SC. And then we didn't leave.
We have two issues. Uneven fuel burn and a bad trim tab. The trim tab is trivial next to fuel issue. But, is the trim tab creating the uneven fuel burn? My saddle tanks gravity feed to a centre tank. How much could our listing lead to 150 gallon differential in fuel feed.
Yesterday, in Hilton Head, we suspected a check valve sticking. We even brought in a mechanic to look at it. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary.
Today, we listed and the differential fuel burn was still there. So, we isolated a tank and watched. The lower tank fed fine. It would appear if we fix the trim tabs, then we are good to go.
THE TRIM TABS ARE FIXED! [I think ;-)]
What else is going on? A big sport fishing tournament in Beaufort, NC. Our planned destination. So, we will have to push a little further to Oriental, NC. A long haul, but it will buy us back some time.
Day0: Stuart, FL
Day1: St. Augustine, FL
Day2: Hilton Head, SC
Day3: Charleston, SC
Day4: Oriental, NC ???
Tonight...S winds 10 to 15 kt...becoming SW 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Wed...SW winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming S 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 ft.
Wed Night...S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.