Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cleaning

Never did get back to that salesman at Torresen's about the interest in our boat. I was surprised at my reaction, which was relief and happiness at first, but then a gradual creeping dread at the whole idea. As much trouble as this boat has seemed this year, due to our deteriorating financial situation, and total lack of free time to enjoy the boat, on top of the mounting physical deterioration of the boat and the punishment it has taken in this horrible boat slip, I'm still pretty attached to it, and hold out hope that it will get more use by us in the future. I'd hate to give it up without ever having realized my goals of sailing north to the Manitou islands, or to taking it across the lake to Chicago or Wisconsin.

Anyhow, on Saturday we drove out to see if the engine had been repaired yet, and hopefully get in a sail if the weather was nice. The weather WAS beautiful, and there were a lot of boats out on the water, but we had a note from the repair shop telling us that parts were on order and that we weren't to start the engine. We consoled ourselves with giving the boat a thorough cleaning inside and out. (the head and v berth were suffering from a severe case of mildew), and we cleaned up all the spilt fuel beneath the engine and in the bilge. I left a note for the repairman asking if he could give us a call when he completes the work and perhaps let us know what the problem with the engine was. We both came home rather tired and wore out, and with lots of fresh 'boat bites' on our fingers and knees.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Phone Call

Got an interesting phone call from Torresen today. I originally thought it was going to be something about our diesel engine, but it turns out that the original owners of our Chris Craft Cherokee are interested in buying our boat. I'm a bit conflicted. The idea had crossed my mind more than once this year, what with the growing difficulties we've been having in keeping up with the maintenance and care of this boat, and with the problems we've been having in finding time to actually go sailing what with conflicting schedules and the rising price of gas for the car in making the one hour trip out to the marina. But on the other hand, I have a lot of good memories with this boat, and I've grown quite fond of her. I'm both relieved and saddened in about equal measure, and am not sure how to proceed. More on this later.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Brief Aborted Sunset Cruise

Invited my music partner Nate and his wife Beverly out for a sunset cruise on Tuesday evening. Me and Terri got there a little early to try and tidy up the boat a bit before they got there (this being Fanny's third visit of the year so far, and her first bath). Terri checked the oil, and we cast off all the lines and as we were backing out of our slip, the diesel engine started revving up uncontrollably for a brief spell. I quickly put it in neutral and it seemed to stop, then when I put it in reverse again, it revved up another time. I tried the forward gear, and it seemed to work fine from that point, the only thing we noticed wrong was that there seemed to be smoke coming out of the exhaust. Terri went below to check the engine, and there was diesel spraying out of the bleed access point (not good), and quite a bit of diesel in the holding pan below the engine. We shut down and drifted for a while to take a look at the engine, eventually deciding to plug the hole anyway we could, and putting up the sails.
There wasn't a heck of a lot of breeze on the lake, maybe 5-8 knots, but we did a short sail with just the headsail out into Lake Muskegon, but then I became concerned with the possible situation of what would happen if the breeze died down to nothing and we'd end up stranded out on the lake without an engine. I decided to turn back towards the marina and attempt to sail into our slip (the first time we've tried this particular maneuver). It took several tacks, being in a windward direction, but we eventually made our way into the slip, tied up, and drove out to the beach for our picnic repast of fruit wine and cheese. Nice sunset, and too bad we were too distracted to take any photos.

Called up Torresen's repair department this morning, and awaiting new$. I still smell like diesel fuel this morning. Lawnmower repair, bicycle repair, and now boat repair, been a heck of a week, and it's only wednesday.

(battery 2)