Nov. 4, 2007
By Ken Krayeske • 7:45 AM UCT
A line hangs from a fishing boat on the hard in Marsasloxx, a small fishing village on the southeast coast of Malta.
Don't get me wrong - I love Malta. But I never expected to spend almost a month here. The rest of the Maverick crew is as thrilled as I am to be departing Malta today.
On the leg of the trip from Sardinia, the fresh water pump on our starboard engine started leaking. As soon as we arrived in Manoel Island Marina (which has really inconsistent internet - arrghh), we stripped the pump off the engine and gave it to mechanics.
They had to order parts from Germany. It took forever. The worst part is that the pump should've been rebuilt before we left Florida. It wasn't. At some point, we have to rip off the same pump from the port engine and rebuild it, but not now.
Egypt looms. It will take four days - 1,000 miles at about 10 miles an hour - to go from Malta to Port Said, Egypt. We will fuel up in Port Said and then head through the Suez Canal, then go to a half-built marina, Port Ghalib, in southern Egypt.
I'm not sure when we will have internet access that's even as good as this crap here in Malta. So, I am posting a bunch of stories that will run here before they hit print in the Hartford News. But I won't be updating this site for a few weeks, at the earliest.
So enjoy. And I'll be back when we have legit internet access again, which may not be until Salallah, Oman.