At 04:00 we passed Castlepoint, still motoring without wind. It must be quite unusual not to have wind at Castlepoint.
The engine stopped at 09:15. The same problem as before, air in the fuel system. I thought my fix of drilling holes in the filter had fixed the problem, not so, only a very temporary fix. Once again I went through the bleeding routine and the engine started again.
The fuel problems continued throughout the day with multiple engine shut downs. I became very good at bleeding the fuel system. In the end the engine would only run for fifteen minutes before it shut down. Basically, we were without engine until I could get somewhere and fix the problem properly.
Fortunately, a bit of breeze had sprung up and we rounded Cape Pallister around 21:00 and headed up towards Wellington with a light S’ly breeze. Looks like I will have to sail into wellington, just hope this S’ly wind holds long enough to get us there before the forecast N’ly sets in.
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