Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...
I headed to Haven Harbour today to check out their handiwork and to knock out a few more projects. Hearing that I was going to be within a half mile of him, Dave (Chef2Sail) was sure to high-tail it out of the area before I arrived.
When I got there, the CFO suggested that I take Dragon Wing for a test-spin with Haven Harbour's diesel mechanic. She started right up, sounded great, and roared along at the incredible speed at which these boats are capable. Ok, ok...she hit 3000 RPM and sounded good, no overheating, and no belching of antifreeze or oil. I was very pleased. I still don't know what the total cost will be, they need to "review" the charges, so my exact level of "pleasedness" may change!
The fuel dock had a waiting line, so I didn't do the pump-out that I wanted, but they will do it during the week.
During the repair, three small problems were noted: 1) the water heater wasn't connected properly and may have been sucking sea water for some time, so the mechanic disconnected it and recommended bench testing it at some point; 2) the temperature sender and gauge seem to be incompatible (gauge reads 200 degrees, but IR thermometer says 130 outside); and 3) the oil pressure alarm isn't hooked up. The previous owner had 2 gauges and 3 sensors/senders aboard, so I've asked the marina to see if any of the various permutations/combinations of the equipment might actually work properly. They are looking into the oil pressure alarm and getting me an estimate for that work.
When I spoke with them, they also recommended that I not leave quite yet. They want me to run the engine for a few hours, so we know everything is good. Initially, I was inclined to run out of there ASAP (i.e., Monday morning), but I think actually that their suggestion is a good one. So, I'm planning on staying there for a few more weekends, until things quiet down for me, then make the move up to Barnegat Bay. At this rate, I probably won't be moving her until close to the end of August.
While I was there, I re-fit the dodger, which I had adjusted last week to try to get a better fit. I decided to shock the fresh water system, and while I was letting the bleach do its thing, I started cleaning up and putting away a lot of "stuff". The floor still needs to be cleaned properly, but the cabin actually looks somewhat organized now. Well, more correctly, it doesn't look like a war zone.
The cabin also had lost most of the smell that had plagued it for much of the time I owned it. I had originally thought that it was head odor, and I'm sure that's contributing to it, but I now think it may have been bilge odor. Several weeks ago when I was there, I had spent a long time cleaning the headliner and other parts of the cabin, and the following week things actually smelled decent. After that, though, the cabin really had a weird, sickeningly sweet smell. In an effort to help get rid of it, last week I decided to put bilge cleaner in the bilge. If nothing else, I figured the orange scent might help mask things a bit. Well, today when I opened her up, I wasn't hit with a wall of nasty smell. The marina had apparently pumped out the bilge, and it looked much better, too. I'm sure the cooler temperature this week also helped, but I'm glad I tried the cleaner.
For the first time since we bought her, I left today feeling comfortable about having my kids aboard, so I may pack 'em up next weekend and bring them down and go for a ride.
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