C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Every voyage has its hiccups

C'est la Vie is typically a very dry boat.  Our bilge pump rarely runs unless we are in rough seas and burying the bow.  So when over the past few days the bulge pump has run once or twice a day we became suspicious.  Well I discovered the source of the water.  The pipe between the raw water pump and the heat exchanger (see image) has developed two small pin holes.  Because the pipe is below the C'est la Vie's water line the leak constantly sprayed a tiny stream of water onto the motor. 

I removed the pipe and wrapped it in self amalgamating tape.  This has remedied the leak temporarily.
I then called Stanley at Beta Marine and they have a replacement part in stock.  Stanley and I discussed the issue and he agreed that we should be able to make it to NC on my temporary repairs.  The Beta Marine shop is in Minnesott Beach, NC - easy driving distance from Beaufort, NC.  So I plan to pick up the part when we arrive.

Beta Marine, namely Stanley, has always provided excellent customer service to us... thanks.

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