At 8am the Queen Jane left its berth and motored to the fuel dock to fill
up on diesel. By 8:30 we were away and out of Vunda Pt. Marina. After
spending almost 6 weeks there our joy at leaving cannot be overstated.
However, everything is tinged with the uncertainty and suspicion that our
transmission problems are not behind us. This of course stems from our
lack of confidence in the mechanic(s) who put us back together. The engine
is running smoothly, but things don't sound the same, and sound is the
first defense in early identification of mechanical problems. The only
explanations that make sense are that the new orientation of the engine
(for we had to manipulate the mounts quite a bit to achieve a good
alignment) has changed the sound by moving the alternator further away
from the very close port side of the engine box. In the past this always
rubbed just a little and made some noise which blanketed out other noises.
This, anyway, is my hope. The other possible explanation is that the
mechanic is a complete idiot and I am a fool for trusting him and the
thing is not aligned properly. We will check it when we arrive at the
anchorage and try to make sure everything is still properly lined up.