"Trust" had been delivered to my slip in Moss Landing, Ca., after an arduous trip from Long Island Sound
in upper New York
, this last April. As noted in an earlier thread Trucker Bent Furling
The roller furling
unit was bent in the transit. I'm still dealing with that one although it looks like the truckers insurance
finally is paying. Well, after moving over here to California
, securing a house, I decided to start working on her. The prior owner claimed the boat was being maintained by the local yard there, so I did not expect too many issues with the boat other than what the survey
indicated. Came to find out the waste tank was full to the brim with New York
poo. Ok...time to get the engine
running and motor
over to the poo pump-out. Key in the ignition, Battery
bank to start...nothing! Rip up the floor boards, spend 3 hours tracing the battery
set up and then cleaning
, trouble shooting the birds nest of wires in the bilge
. Then making a note for repairs
...'Re-Wire D.C. system'.
Back to the key. Motor
turns over and will not release the starter engagement. That's ok though because the engine
dose not want to start anyway. Dismantle starter solenoid, clean out crud, lube and reassemble. Diagnose engine non-start issue to discover the heaters are not getting power. Trace wires back to start panel to discover poor connections. Clean connections, re-assemble, check, heaters getting juice now. Turn over the little beast and starts right up. At this point I know the boat is laughing at me under it's diesel
breath. I test the forward and reverse. All seems to be in order. My friend Paul asks if I need a hand. I think he just needs a good laugh. So we head
out the whole 700 feet to the pump out station. So far, so good.
We start pumping but something is wrong. It will only pull out a little poo and stop. When I pull the poo sucking nozzle off the waste bung, there is a tremendous sucking of air indicating the vent is plugged. I crawl into the anchor locker
and disconnect the hose. I continue pumping, flushing
and pumping. Ok, we're done. Back to the slip. I put it in reverse, back away from the poo docking
center, turn the boat towards the slip, put it in forward and gas it. It starts going faster in reverse...Hmmmm! Like 2 monkeys screwing a football, we manage to start fending off docks, other boats and sea-lions. Eventually, we end up where we started and coax her into a vacant slip.
Again, I open the bilge
up to discover the transmission
linkage to the cable has come apart and I was in reverse the whole time. 10 minutes later we're on our way back to the slip. We secure lines, hook up the dock
power and for the last time I look into the bilge at the engine to shut off the water
and check for leaks
. There is a pint of engine oil
in the bilge...Gezzzz!
Starting the engine again I discover the engine oil filter
is loose. Off to the auto parts
store for a filter wrench. Problem solved
, poo tank empty, 1400 ft round trip and 3 hours of hard but funny
labor. I love owning a boat.