Chris here... over the past few days we've been having some trouble starting our diesel engine. We'd push the start button and it would crank very slowly, and then after a few tries it would turn over. This morning, it wouldn't turn over. Not only that, but I held the start button in for a bit too long and smoke was coming off of the starter motor. I'm sure I burned something up there. We pulled out our Yanmar manuals, our Nigel Calder book and other references, and started working on diagnosing the engine. After staring at everything for a while, we called our good friend Gene, one of our dock neighbors on Lake Champlain, and also a mechanic. He asked us to check the voltage at the starter while cranking, so we pulled out our voltmeter, tried to figure out what to touch, and then cranked the engine. Three seconds later, it started. We know we have to, at a minimum, replace our starter motor now, but I'm not convinced that was the original issue.
Once the engine was started, an hour after our planned departure time, we looked at the weather. There's a huge storm moving in from the Florida coast and moving fast. At this point we're hanging tight until 9:30 or 10:00 so we can follow its progress and see if it will turn before reaching Nassau, like most of the other storms have, or if it will track right across our path. So - if you see SPOT updates, you'll know we have left. If you don't, we're staying put for another day or two.