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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Hi, Jim,

Just came across your saga, wow! Got me interested enough to join Sailnet! ;-)

My experience, for what it's worth, working on old engines has taught me that if you've got easy access to the engine, replace anything/everything you hold suspect or is approaching/past its useful life (running time or calendar time) on the engine while you have that easy access. It may result in a larger than planned for bill now but it will save you time & $$ down the road. It looks like you've been taking that approach.

Best of luck getting everything back together and splashed. We had our Beneteau's shaft seal and cutlass bearing replaced before we splashed this year. We didn't have to wait nearly as long as you have, but we ran into similar frustrations WRT returning phone calls, keeping us up to date and so forth. We've been in the water 3 1/2 months now and so far, so good.

Hope all works out well!

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Russ, I'm flattered that it would get you to join! Though, quite honestly, I'd rather NOT have been in this position... LOL

You're right. At this point, I'm trying to make any repairs/replacements that make sense. I don't want to completely rebuild her, but it seems like something like a seal should be replaced at this point, especially since the marina has such easy access to it. It's just frustrating that a simple, inexpensive, and (I would have thought) common part would be the hold-up.

Welcome aboard, and thanks for the well wishes! BTW, I used to live "next door" to you, in Reston. It has been 5+ years since we moved, and while we're glad we moved, we still miss NoVA. Not the traffic, or the congestion, though.

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Here are a few gratuitous shots from this weekend:


New dodger, still needs some tweaks:


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BTW, given the costs, my father's comment was that the gold color was appropriate.
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That a "drive saver" on the output Jim?

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Glad things are moving forward, looks like you're on the home stretch!

Traffic in NoVA continues to get worse and more and more people move into the area. It will be interesting to see if the budget sequester slows down the influx. About the only real change since you left is they're just about done building the Silver Line out to Reston. They still have a ways to go to get it to Dulles, but I saw a test train moving down the tracks last week.

Our boat is in Annapolis, so I can relate to having to drive 1 1/2 hours one way just to get to it. I've spent the night aboard several times so I could get a full day's worth of work on her. Still, it's better than driving down to Norfolk to sail which is what I had to do if I wanted to sail on the Chesapeake before I bought into my current boat!
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Russ, that's exactly why I didn't get into boating when I lived down there. Annapolis was a nasty drive on the weekend/Friday night, and getting to the shore was basically a non-starter. It was just as easy/took just as long to drive up to NJ. I never really considered keeping a boat on the Potomac, but in hindsight, I wish I had considered it.

Denise, I think that's what it is. I forgot to ask!

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So far, it hasn't been too bad. We keep the boat in Eastport and we take a back way in that avoids most of the buffoonery on 50. Since I'm in LoCo, I can head north to Frederick and over if the Beltway is acting badly.

The red donut looks like a shaft saver. Wishing we had put one on our Yanmar's shaft when we did the shaft seal R&R. Our Yanmar is a 2-banger and it lets you know it at low RPM!
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From the research I did last night, it does appear to be a drive saver. I've read mixed reviews of them. Apparently they need to be replaced after about 5 years. Hopefully I'll remember that!

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It's just frustrating that a simple, inexpensive, and (I would have thought) common part would be the hold-up.
Like this old proverb?

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Maybe we should rewrite it with a nautical theme, assuming no one has already.

Hang in there, splash time is coming!

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