Thank you for the welcome. I am seriously thinking about writing a short story about the repower project
and title it "So You Think You Want To Buy A Boat". It is all going very well and I can see the end is near. This has been quite the journey and this leg is only just beginning. Today I got the new prop ordered 3-Blade 23x16 blanced and matched to the Yanmar
. Contracted a diver to install it. The engine
had the wrong transmission
on it and I have a new ZF-30 being flown out of the factory in Italy
on 2/15/2014. Soooo....."Magic" is sitting at the dock
all set up and waiting for the install now. Next on my list is the fuel tank
. Grrrr....the previous owner has used a 25 gallon day tank for the last several years. He has no clue how much fuel
is in the main tank or how long it has been there. (Hell, I am 650 miles away directing this project). So I have Marine-Lube (from the bay area) going down next week to check it out for me. Previous owner suggest I polish the fuel
before using the tank but uhmm... D'ohh I am thinking it is probably a Bio-hazard Sludge in the bottom of the tank. (Once again Cha Ching Cha Ching $$$$$$) But, that should be the last step.
installer called me twice a day to update me and when he pulled the engine he had to diaper it. Seems without running for 3 days it was leaking from every seal. He removed 12 gallons of a tar substance from the bilge
and that explains to me why the bilge pump
float switch was disconnected. A positive addition here, (I like to look at things in a positive manner) The new Yanmar will only weigh in at 462 lbs. and he pulled at least one toolbox worth of tools out of the tar/sludge. I bet she will sail so much faster now. She appears pristine in most every sense of the word as long as the engine room doors were closed. Truthfully I have sailed and been on sailboats for 56 years now...(Since 4 years old) and I have never sailed a vessel as fine as this one.