Because of other reasons, I only get to the boat about once a month. I thought that would be changing but I am not capable of taking on a bunch of projects. I had just finished four daysof hard work finishing much of my (and the surveyors) to do list and had a flight out in the morning.
I had it hauled and worked on it for several days just a few monhs ago and haven't actually got to go out for a "fun" trip. This was the final set of project
items before she was ready to sail.
I have six sails
and new rigging
and fresh paint
and a load of new pumps. Spare parts
for everything and even silverware and new pots and pans. Hah. Went up the mast
to check out everything the over day.
Then I go to take it out and the VHF
isn working. It's brand new. Must be the masthead antenna
. But I was JUST up there and it looked fine. So... In-mast wiring
maybe? Weak. Fortunately I have a handheld. It would suffice for just a quick trip across he harbor I figured.
Then I blow the engine. Good thing I had the handheld. And after I was told that it's basically scrap metal, notice the stuffing box is dripping. Bilge pump
worked great last month but I wanted to check. Of course the floater doesn't turn it on, so I hit the manual switchTo drain the water
intending to try to catch the oil with a bucket. It's too far down to scoop it out much any other way. It pumps but no output. The bilge pump
also chooses today to quit.
I can't leave it without a bilge
pump but I already moved my flight back two days and took off work and the sun just went down. I have had my head
down in oily bilge
for 2 hours trying to figure out WTF went wrong and I have no idea. No suction on the pump maybe the engine melted a hole in the hose but it seems stuck in there and I can't get it out.
Hah. Probably just a bad day. But holy ****. I hope it sinks. Heh. :-)