2014-12-21 “It was bound to happen sooner or later…”


First though we had to get out of Miami and get on our way to Marathon in the Florida Keys. On the way out of Key Biscayne though we passed Stiltsville which is part of the Biscayne National Park. Read the history here, its very interesting.



I was saying it was bound to happen well as we arrived at Rodriquez Key which is halfway to Marathon I noted a small rust stain on the front of the heat exchanger on the Yanmar main engine. Definitely not a good thing…..


Did I mention that there is not much around Rodriquez Key so we really had no choice but to head on down the keys to Marathon where we would be able to get mechanic help.


Luckily we made the transit without incident but there was a fair amount of salt spray wanted to get the cleaned up and everything flushed with fresh water.


As it turned out the housing really just died of old age and having salt water pumped through it.


Did you know that BOAT actually is actually an abbreviation? It is short for “Break Out Another Thousand” which is also called a BOAT unit. So after a couple of BOAT units Magnolia is healed!



We are not going far, just a mile or so to the mooring field well we will hang out for the holidays. Magnolia and crew would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and whatever it is you do, be safe cause the new year is coming!

5 thoughts on “2014-12-21 “It was bound to happen sooner or later…”

  1. Glad you are observant and safe! Thanks for giving us two seasons of travels from which to learn. We will be in similar latitudes in 2015. Happy holidays!

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