The "fuel" problems have been sorted out and turned out to be
air in the lines rather than dirty diesel fuel. Replacing a pump seems to
have solved the problem, but the bleed screws on the low pressure side are
stripped and shellacked in place. No more bleeding until they get new
screws! So now they wait for spare parts and filters to arrive before
departing for Ireland - most likely sometime this weekend. They will lay in
additional provisions and top of the tanks, too. Larry estimates about 3
weeks to Ireland, then at least another week from Ireland to Norway. For the
crossing, they plan to carry about 50 gal of diesel fuel, which will allow
them to motor about a third of the way total and keep up speed during
periods of light wind.
Sure was good to hear from him!