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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...
Thanks again guys; the feedback has been very helpful. I broke the news to my wife earlier today, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by her reaction. We're still needing key pieces of information (e.g., worst-case and best-case estimates from the marina that include actual dollar figures, whether the insurance company will pick up any part of it, etc.), so we're not quite ready to take a shotgun or chainsaw to her yet. I have a few phone calls to make in the morning, then I should be in a better position to figure out the plan. I think the leading candidate is still to have the marina do the repairs, but to take the time pressure off of them. If they'll work a deal on storing her on land for me (they're dropping boats in the water now), I'm OK with waiting a few weeks for the repairs if necessary. If I'm not going to be doing the engine repairs (and I'd REALLY prefer not to), then I'm OK with her being 2.5 hours away. I can still go down and knock out a few things that I want done.
The next trick will be getting the parts for the engine. I've found a used transmission, but I'm leaning toward a new one, if I can find a direct drop-in for the HBW-5. The engine seemed to run OK, so I'm not inclined to replace that (unless I found a REALLY good deal on one that I knew was in great shape). I'll probably go ahead and replace the motor mounts if they really do appear to be shot, or even worn, and will need to find those, too. Then, of course, there's the damping plate itself.
One of my frustrations is that Silver Cloud Marina, where we're headed, is a Westerbeke dealer and authorized service center, where the local marina isn't. That means (at least in my mind) that our home marina would have been much better prepared to help fix the engine. I've E-mailed Silver Cloud to see if they might have in stock any of the parts I need. This way I can give them some business, too, and start a relationship there. The local marina needs to order the parts anyway, so this should be OK.
Anyway, that's the plan as of now. Once I have cost information and have a chance to talk to the insurance company, that may change a bit. But that's the current plan.
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