Bad start to a new year
The weather report said the fog should burn off by noon. The weather at the marina was bright and sunny, but half way out of the channel the fog was complete pea soup, about 50 yd visibility. Hoping for the weather to clear I headed out anyway. About a mile offshore the wind completely died. After about 30 min of sitting motionless inn the fog, I decided to motor in. I started the engine, headed for the channel and went forward to douse the jib. I noticed a chang in the pitch of the exhaust note and saw smoke coming frokm the main hatch. Looking in the cabin was full of exhaust and seawater was sloshing around the cabin sole. Killed the engine and went below to finf a silver dollar size hole in the bottom of the exhaust elbow. Made a temp repair with a flattened beer can and some aluminum tape and sailed back to the marins (over an hour to cover the mile) and started the engine just long enough to get into the slip. After I complete the repair on the exhaust, I now have the needed motivation to refinish the cabin sole.