Sergio, come and say hello next time, don't be shy. Well Lady luck was not on our side.....and it's quite a story.
I don't know how superstitious anyone is but the day didn't start well with various ppl cancelling/not being able to make it. Then we had problems locating Kavalli for bait, even though a couple of fish shops said they had. After numerous attempts we settled for sardines.
Arrived at the boat at 8pm and it all went from bad to worse after that....we decided to be completely prepared and spent a few hours rigging up some new fishing rigs and checking over the engines topping up fluids. Drive oil levels were low on both and that's when I discovered I had bought the wrong drive oil, Premium blend instead of high performance!
We drained the water separating filters and topped up the engine oil and by around 11pm we were ready to rock and roll. Got both engines up to idle, knowing we were very low on fuel and well into the reserve, it was only about 2mins before both died........zero fuel. For the first time ever I had run out of fuel and luckily we hadn't cast off the lines. We filled around 6 litres from a jerry can and went to buy another 10litres, topped that in but upon trying to crank the stbd engine there was the worst noise in the world coming from it. Kind of like a high pitched scream, metal to metal sound. Not good.
Further investigation revealed the sea water cooling pump driven off the main serpentine belt wasn't turning. We'd had bearing failure followed by the impeller disintegrating. And that folks, ended our chances of going out
Two engines are better than one, but not worth the risk at night.
Fin worked till around 1.30am trying to remove the offending pump, so possibily at midnight he was in the engine bay swearing when you passed. The pump was picked up and will now be overhauled, new bearing,oil seals, wear plate and of course impeller. It seems a worn o ring seal allowed sea water to enter the bearing housing and that caused the bearing to rust over time and finally fail. We did have some warning, whining coming from that engine, but an odd noise to pinpoint for the past few trips but I thought it was just a loose belt
We were all back home by 2.30am never having left