Tuesday, July 23, 2013
We took a 3-mile bike ride to a Napa store today to pick up the alternator belts. As mentioned before, the original belt had to be replaced because the guys at the yard had set the alternator so that it was at its maximum point of adjustment. As belts age, they wear and stretch and naturally become looser, so when this happened to us, we weren’t able to tighten it any further. This belt not only runs the alternator, but it also runs the fresh water pump that cools the engine down. If this shits the bed, the engine overheats and has to be shut down. No good. The same problem happened to us when we came back from Bermuda to NY on a Swan 48, only that time, the belt actually broke. In our case, we noticed it in time; we had turned the engine back on and heard a high pitched squealing. We were able to shut off the engine and save the belt. During our hour-long bike ride, we got to see some pretty houses on the back roads of Morehead City. The streets themselves were lined with beautiful dogwood trees and fragrant rose bushes, which made the ride quite pleasant.