So sorry to hear about this. That sucks. Don't give in yet.
I was going to help Jim move the boat to Barnegat or at least Cape May. I am sad to see this otherwise nice looking and well made boat temporarily incapacitated. Jim don't give up on her. The thoughts of moving her north and having her pulled and having the work done properly are good ones. Maybe the money you would have spent on the marina this year would be wiser spent on repairing her on the hard to use next year. She is a well made boat and just needs a "heart repair".
For those of you who insist with the uniformed posts " just sail it", my thoughts are you need to just stow it. The boat is located in an area which will require a reliable engine for safety and at least for the movement part of the way including the C&D canal, the Delaware River and the Barnegat Inlet.
I highly doubt a crab line this time of the year was the culprit. The boat ( 16 hp 2 cylinder Universal) was motored extremely hard for 2+ days into winds of 25-35 mph and rough 4 foot Chesapeake Bay chop. Weighing 110000 lbs. plus the engine not having been used for over a year, probably contributed to the demise of the already old suspect connecting pieces. The days this boat traveled were rough conditions for any boat much less an unproved one.
Bad motor mounts, badly aligned shaft should have been issue picked up at the time of the survey inspection and I would be hammering at the inspector. Had the inspector found these you would have had to replace them anyway should you have bought this boat.
These are what I would consider normal expenses to be expected when buying a 30 year old boat. However they should have been identified. Hoses are the same issue. I would have expected to replace ALL
of them on a boat this age when I bought it, if only for peace of mind. Buying an aged boat ( I did also) means you need to reset some of the maintenance items back to zero hour so you know what their expectancy is. Hoses, Transmission fluid, Filters, Starter, Engine mounts, Packing, impellers, alignment etc. all fall into this. I would also add that new injectors, water pumps, restoring thru hulls should be done in the first couple years of owning an older boat...again for peace of mind.
After talking to Jim on the phone a number of times I know he was aware of this and didn't have unrealistic expectations about these eventual expenses. But to be faced immediately right away is a bummer, but should not be the end of the world for this good boat. Jim try not to let this large disappointment make you throw the baby out with the bathwater. Sometime you have to take one step backwards to take two forwards.
Your boat is overall a sound one and in fairly good condition with years left of service. Moving her north through a tow like to the Sassafras would be a good idea. Have her pulled and worked on. Move her to an area you can do the work on her you can to save money, and have a professional do the tranny, shaft alignment and motor mounts all at the same time. Maybe have the engine given a once over would be good also.
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This is only 1.5 hours from your house.
The fix may not be as bad as you think. If it is a couple of thousand, which is what I would expect to have it up to snuff, then keep her on a mooring there for the summer. It would cost $1400. That plus the $2000 in repairs would be less than Tall Oaks for the season and you'd have a boat up to snuff.
Maybe Boat US will pay for your tow.
You can replace all the hoses, impeller, fuel filter, belts, and work on the cabin upgrades at the same time.
I and others will help you with whatever we can.
Don give up the ship here matey.