We love her too much.
While servicing our engines, the technician found our starboard diesel filter seriously contaminated with gum and dirt. Upon further inspection, the starboard diesel tank has a lot of water! 🙁
The wise decision is to postpone our departure for one more day and address the issue. Hence, our docking on the service dock in Portimao. To me this docks looks more like a boat graveyard.
Tomorrow (Aug 18) technicians will pump out the starboard tank. Open it and clean the inside. After that, pumping fresh diesel through the fuel line system will clean the fuel lines. That diesel too will be removed and garbage 🙁
We knew for a while we had a diesel bug problem, since fueling 50L in Tangiers, Morocco in 2018 (only the starboard tank – thank god)
But, today we had to realize, that despite all the chemical additives the tank needs a more solid cleaning. We are loosing 300L Diesel because of contamination. Need 20L to clean and flush fuel lines and then fill the tanks with fresh (hopefully) 300L new diesel.
Wednesday morning we’ll leave – fingers crossed. That’s our current planning, if weather and tidal times in the Straits of Gibraltar make this a sensible departure. We probably have to catch up on the time lost by sailing straight to Sicily.