Originally Posted by BlackOak
Happy to say, we have no Leaky Leak onboard the S/V ANA. After 2 days of thinking about it, reading up on it, listening to YALL, staring at it, and finally man'ing up to the task, I went ahead and fixed the dern thing. Wasnt as bad as I thought it would be, and barely leaked in any water while making the repair. What a load off my mind! I cranked up the motor and spun up the RPM in reverse, and forward after fixing it and I can report all is well. I am extremely thrilled not to have to haul it out to repair.
Thanks Yall for your advice!
There are alot of things with these darn boats that can be intimidating or worrysome of an unexpected haulout that turn out to be not so bad a fix.
I have 2 wrenches that are probably the perfect fit for your boat for making the adjustments. If you have future plans for adjustments or replacement of the material make sure you give me a shout so you can borrow em, no need to go buying
everything at once if you can borrow for a while. If I would have seen this thread earlier I would have left my wrenches in my cockpit
for you to grab.
Usually channel lock pliers wont do the trick unless they're a large pair and there just aint much room down there. I remember seeing yours and you have pretty good access.
Also, be carefull when you spray pb blaster or wd40 down there, spray it in the cap first and then carefully dump it on.
I remember you have some drain hoses that are very important to replace and double up the clamps on some of them. This is very urgent as you have open seacocks that get left unnattended. The hoses are cheap
and each one that you replace is a huge relief and an easy sense of satisfaction.
I was waiting for you to get back to Key West
to go through your boat with you to point out some potential hazzards. Personally I wouldn't have a problem with someone looking at my boat for potential probs, a second set of eyes never hurts.
It's not only about personal safety
, or loosing your boat, it could be about the huge expense of being responsible for a salvage
firm re-floating your boat.
Good going taking care of that leak, I went through the same contemplations as you the first time I messed with the thing.
Also a float switch on your bilge pump
helps greatly at easing some tensions for when your in town eating cheeseburgers, another cheap
and easy addition towards "Ana's" serenity.