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Just to cap this off. I finally finished the [email protected]#! job. Much more cursin' and taking some lord’s name in vain, but the damn thing is done. I now have a new (used) transmission cooler in place. And we just splashed and it all seems to work, so life is good once again
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well, I went to the boat last Thursday, mainly to place a specially cut piece of paneling beneath my new ice maker, which is now sitting upon a nice berth cushion just above the chart table. When I arrived at the boat, the prevailing northwest wind had blown all the water out of the lower river, the water level had fallen 5 feet, the boat was sitting in the mud 6 feet from the finger pier and you could not move it. The water remained that low all day long, therefore, I drove to the nearby American Legion, ordered a Coors Light and a crab-cake platter with French fries and cole slaw. Another busted day for this sailor. Should have some good conditions by Tuesay, so I'll pick up a hoagie at the local sub shop, a small bag of ice, head to the boat and do something, even if it is wrong!

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Could not agree more with OP. Painful stuff this boat repair life. Great source of patience lessons which it seems I will never learn. I do think there is something to the adage that the most difficult part of any job is figuring out the easiest way to do it. I often regret flying into a job with little forethought thinking that speed is some sort of friend. But I can rarely convince myself to sit for the length of time needed to do that kind of figuring. Current task is rebedding and repositioning of a windlass. Seemed like a couple day job 3 weeks ago. Oh well I finally and without fanfare walked away from it the other day with my last words being, "ok then fix yourself." I have sailed now the last three mornings and every time I untie I look at the windlass and simply think that it can wait until tomorrow. I figure if I ignore it long enough it will be much more compliant when I do get around the another attempt.
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Hey, the other day I replaced the macerator pump WHILE UNDERWAY in 20 minutes!!!!!! And as a plus the tanks wasn't fill and no poop was spilled into the people living tank.
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See, Mike, you never really read the Pardeys, did you?
No engine, no cry.
Like those folks who all insist they MUST have indoor plumbing, and then find out that means paying the plumber a night time holiday emergency repair bill when it overflows. Just don't have that problem until you fall for the indoor plumbing line.
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See, Mike, you never really read the Pardeys, did you?
No engine, no cry. ...
There been many a time when I’ve threatened to toss the whole mechanical beast over the side. Problem is, I’m just not that good a sailor . Unfortunately I need old Grampa Tractor rumblin’ away.

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Re: Why is nothing ever easy!!

Mike, having read the Pardey books cover to cover, about 3 of them at least, there were times when they needed an engine, mainly for safety reasons. And, I suspect that there were times when they dearly wished they had another form of propulsion other than the wind. However, that would make for good reading in their books.

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Mike: Why would you use the term "taking the Lord's name in vain" if you don't believe in a higher power? You really confuse me.
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Re: Why is nothing ever easy!!

The society we live in sort of sets the blasphamy standards regardless of personal belief. In this one bad mouthing deities and their relatives seems to have clout. In Quebec it's parts of a church. Brits seem to favour slap and tickle .If things get much worse look for names of politicians used in anger. I kind of prefer 'Oh Bother' It seems to get a chuckle ,,which is half way to solving the problem.The other half is solved by my belief in my superior mechanical skills.
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