We're getting pretty close to casting off for Destin.
Yesterday we looked at the engine while working the shifter arm and saw that the shifter would put the engine in forward, neutral, and reverse, but the throttle cable would not move at all when in reverse, and the shifter arm had no travel in the reverse direction once in reverse.
The sequence of events was that the Marlow people had a Yanmar service guy come out, only to determine that the problem was not engine but transmission/transmission control as we already knew. After the engine guy left the Marlow people determined to send us people to replace the shifter arm. They gave us the go ahead to look at the shifter (we'd already taken down the shifter arm with the engine guy), and we saw that the lever arm that moves the throttle cable would get "stuck" at the position after the shift into reverse. By simply moving that arm by hand another 20 or 30 degrees through the "stuck" position it became unstuck and able to move through all the positions with throttle control. The problem was that it still felt kludgy and the gear looking items within looked dogeared to us. The fix was probably good enough to get us to Destin, and might have been okay if we were stuck on some island to get us to the next place but we wouldn't have great confidence over the longer term.
Basically we had almost the exact same problem as this guy, with the exact same gear as pictured, but with a somewhat different cause:
The last issue we are trying to work is the radio.
We didn't complete a transmit/receive radio check with Sea Tow before leaving Steinhatchee. Not even sure if Sea Tow has anything there, but we could have done it with a local marina. Receiving weather and USCG seemed fine.
On entering the channel at Panama City, we were unable to hail the marina on 16. Since tying up we were unable to get a successful radio check with Sea Town in Panama City on their automated system on 27, we also tried doing a radio check with their man on the telephone calling both channel 16 and 27, he couldn't hear anything with us transmitting on both 1W and 25W. We also tried a safety test DSC call to USCG also with no acknowledgment. The only successful radio check we got was to the Panama City Marina which we are literally sittiing 20-30 feet away from so as far as we could tell we have a receive only radio until proven otherwise.
Taking down the radio panel, and the area underneath the mast, the coax connections look okay, so the service guys are working this aspect before our departure.
Obviously we should have tested the radio transmitting to some other boat, marina or handheld prior to departure. The DSC transmission couldn't have been tested prior to taking possession and having an MMSI number programmed in.
Weather looks good for today and maybe even some decent sailing on the way.