Howe Sound

Gambier Island, Howe Sound

Monday, July 13, 2009S.V. CAMBRIA

David spent the past three days working on a series of diagnostic tests on the regulator and alternator. End result: the alternator is shot and needs to be rebuilt. Needless to say, it’s been a difficult weekend aboard Cambria.

Under normal circumstances, we’d make arrangements to have the work done before continuing our trip north. But because I’m flying out of Seattle in August to attend my niece’s wedding, we have less than a month on the water and are pressed for time, so we’re going to wait until we return to Poulsbo to have the repair done and depend on our auxiliary generator for topping off the batteries. It’s not an ideal situation, but one we think is manageable for the next three weeks if we’re prudent.

We’ll stay one more night in Port Graves while a trough moves through and continue north tomorrow. There’re still plenty of coves to explore in Howe Sound, but we just don’t have the time to spend here if we’re going to make Desolation Sound before we have to start sailing south to Poulsbo. In the meantime, now that David has a spare moment, we can spend the day walking around Gambier Island so he can at least have a taste of this beautiful place before leaving it behind.

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