Nordhavn 55 Trawler ‘Last Mango’ Delivery from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to San Diego, CA Captain Jerry Taylor

From Marina Queen to Ocean Going Lady

February, 2010

IMG_1325As the plane circled for landing in Puerto Vallarta, I remarked to Wendy that the town and surroundings looked like it had been on a steroidal growth boom since the last time we were here. After clearing Customs, Wendy, Alan and I taxied to the marina to find the N55 tied up with badly chafed lines, complete with crushed and exploded fenders dangling. The surge was so bad at the dock, that just loading our bags and delivery gear on board was a death defying act. The boat was literally rolling around so violently that we wanted to get to sea as soon as possible, just to regain our equilibrium.
Before turning in that evening, we doubled the mooring lines with what we found on IMG_1273IMG_1287board. At 0300 hrs. a most unusual and un forecast weather system blasted Nuevo Vallarta Marina, and Banderas Bay with 75 knot winds and torrential rain. Oddly enough the tattered dock lines held!
We spent the next three days in pre departure checks and gathering spares and provisioning for the trip North.
Here are some of the tasks that were accomplished before starting the 1046 NM run to San Diego:
IMG_1288IMG_1289**Changed raw water impellers on generator, get-home
engine, and main engine
**Replaced generator belt
**Replaced generator final fuel filter
**Changed all 4 primary Racor elements
**Pumped 1 Gal excess oil from transmission
**Rebuilt 24volt bilge pump
**Rebuilt inoperative gray and black water pumps
**Pumped up steering reservoir to the specified 30psi
IMG_1296IMG_1303A sticky issue arose when we discovered that none of the boats papers, including the Mexican cruising permit were on board, and in spite of considerable pressure from the selling broker, we refused to leave until the correct paperwork was provided.
After checking with Weather Bob at Ocean Marine Nav, and topping the fuel tanks, we departed at 1300 on Friday Feb 05. We ran 24/7 to arrive in San Diego and clear Customs IMG_1310IMG_1311early on the morning of Thursday Feb 11. The N55 proved an excellent sea boat, very steady and always giving us a sense of confidence, even in the moderate to rough conditions that are typical on this trip.

Delivery Summary
Total Distance: 1046 NM
Total Running Hours: 141
Average Speed: 7.4 knots @ 1800 RPM
Last Mango Nordhavn 55 2010Average Fuel Burn: 7.8 GPH
Total Fuel Burned: 1100 Gal 

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Nordhavn 47 Trawler ‘Serena Ray’ Delivery from Hilton Head, SC to Newport, RI Captain Jerry Taylor

Surviving the attack of the golden slime with Captain Jerry Taylor

August, 2012

Over the past 30 years Wendy and I have been called to deliver boats for a wide variety of reasons. A few examples are: a) Lightning strike, b) Boat owner scares his wife by crossing the Gulf Stream in nasty weather, c) Grounding, d) Abandonment, and now in the case of ‘Serena Ray’ we have to add: e) Previous captain closes fuel return valves and ‘blows up’ injector pump.Serena Ray Nordhavn 47
Within hours of receiving the call, Wendy, our crew Harvey and I were on our way to Skull Creek Marina in Hilton  Head , SC with tool kit and delivery gear, ready to solve problems and get underway for Newport, RI.
The next day we assisted the Lugger mechanic with installing the new rebuilt injector pump, cleaned up the diesel in the bilge and engine room, provisioned, and secured everything for an offshore passage. We set all the valves to their correct positions and double checked them, changed the primary and secondary fuel filters, cleaned the air conditioning and generator sea strainers and pumped up the steering reservoir to the proper operating pressure.
At 1000 August 2, after returning the rental car, we departed Skull Creek Marina with a perfect weather forecast for the 800 NM offshore delivery to Newport, RI.
After 10 hours 
underway, it became obvious that we had a serious fuel contamination problem, and additionally the stabilizer system oil temperature was elevated. The Racor Serena Ray Nordhavn 47 Golden slimevacuum gauges were all indicating the need for a filter change but upon inspection the elements instead of being black and nasty as we expected, were light brown in color and ‘looked fine’. We were able to run for about 6 hours on a new 10 micron Racor element before showing high vacuum and in one instance, complete main engine shut down. The calm conditions continued around Cape Hatteras, while we struggled to identify the cause of the fuel problem, which finally revealed itself with the swipe of a gloved finger through the pleats of the filter. The element was coated with a substance that can best be described as honey, and from then on was known a ‘Golden Slime’.
At 0800 August 05, seventy two hours after our departure from Hilton Head, we pulled into Little Creek, VA to find a fuel tank cleaning service and to trouble shoot the high oil temperature with the stabilizer cooling system. We hired Dave of USA Fuel Service in Norfolk to ‘polish’ the 1000 gal on board, and to open and clean the tanks. His educated guess on the source of the ‘Golden Slime’ was that the tanks had been filled with biodiesel which will gel if not used within 90 days. Many of our delivery problems have been fuel related but this was our first  encounter with ‘Golden Slime,’ and hopefully our last. While Dave was busy with his fuel wand and portable dockside filter system, we discovered that the stabilizer cooling pump made lots of noise but did not Serena Ray Nordhavn 47 Golden Slimepump any water. Fortunately there was a spare March Pump in the very extensive spares inventory, we installed it and tested it, and instantly there was cooling water.
At 1000 August 7 we departed from Little Creek for Newport with a continuing good weather forecast. The remaining 360 miles were pleasantly uneventful, and we arrived at Newport Shipyard on August 9 at 1500. We spent the next day cleaning the exterior, cleaning and organizing the interior, and generally making the ‘Serena Ray’ soon to be renamed ‘Never Say Never’, ready for the new owners arrival.

Serena Ray Nordhavn 47 2012Delivery Summary
Total Distance: 835 NM
Total Running Hours: 125
Average Speed: 6.68 Knots at 1800 RPM

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Nordhavn 47 Trawler ‘Trust’ Delivery from Fajardo, PR to Canaveral, FL Captain Jerry Taylor

Trac Stabilizer Repair with Captain Jerry Taylor

March, 2007

Jerry, Wendy and crew member Hans Baier flew to San Juan on March 20, were picked up at the airport by the wpid-HPIM1050-2007-03-20-00-00.jpgowners, who were flying home in a couple of days, and arrived at the boat in Puerto del Rey, Fajardo, around midnight.
Wednesday was spent familiarizing ourselves with the boat, provisioning and readying for sea.
On the advice of Ocean Marine Nav, we waited in Fajardo on Thursday as conditions north and west of Puerto Rico were in the NE20 to 30 knot range, with 8 to 10 foot seas.
We left early Friday morning and ran the 463 miles to Turks and Caicos in reasonably moderate conditions. We arrived off the bank early Sunday morning, slowed down to three knots, and waited for daylight to cross the bank to the anchorage at Sapodilla bay. We used Clear Sand Road, never seeing less than ten feet on the depth sounder. Bob’s forecast showed sharply increasing northeasterly winds and seas in the area for the next three days. Following his recommendations, we dropped the “hook” to wait for better weather conditions.
We spent Sunday, Monday and Tuesday while the wind howled, anchored in the company of several large motor-yachts, including a 200’ Feadship, and many sailboats. Anti-madness activities included cleaning, house keeping, laundry, bilge pump repair, and a lot of time spent in the galley preparing anti-boredom meals.wpid-HPIM1028-2007-03-20-00-00.jpg
Wednesday morning the high wind and sea conditions eased some, and we departed via Sandbore channel for the 396 mile run to Highborne Cay, then planned on passing through Nassau harbor on our way to Cape Canaveral. Wind and seas remained moderate from the northeast until we started over the top of Crooked and Acklins Islands when the wind picked up to NE 20 -30 kts, and the seas on the beam increased to 6 to 10 feet. Things got a little “interesting” for several hours, even moving the heavy salon table from the starboard to the port side without damaging anything.
Entering the bank at Highborne cut, the seas moderated somewhat. At this time it became obvious that the starboard stabilizer was not functioning. Fortunately, on the N47 the starboard fin is accessible, and after removing some panels, Jerry was able to inspect the fin and noted that the actuator ram was moving back and forth unattached to the fin tiller -arm. Upon closer inspection he saw that the swivel end had unthreaded itself from

wpid-HPIM1045-2007-03-20-00-00.jpg the ram. We called the owner by Sat-Phone, and he managed to contact the Ft Lauderdale rep for Trac on Saturday, and after satellite phone consultation with the Trac technician we decided that if we were stationary, we had a chance to make the repair. The only specialized tool required was a 1.5mm ( aprox.1/16 inch) allen wrench, and since the owner was so wonderfully particular about having every tool known to modern man on board, it was there in the tool box.
Not wanting to enter into the March mega-boat madness of the Nassau docking scene, we anchored at 1400 near Rose Island and by 1700 the repair was completed. We also checked the port side for looseness, and tightened that lock nut securely.
Sunday morning we departed Rose Island for the 271 miles to Cape Canaveral in much improved weather conditions, arriving at Cape Marina at 2015 Monday night after a spirited boost from the Gulf Stream.

Trust Nordhavn 47 2007wpid-HPIM1047-2007-03-20-00-00.jpgDelivery Summary:
Total Distance: 1100 NM
Total Running Hours: 165
Average Speed: 6.6 Knots at 1800 RPM

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