“Fish,” he said softly, aloud, “I’ll stay with you until I am dead.”
(Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea)
Well, there she goes – the boat that is. There she blows – the North East wind.
So not able to take the boat for a test run to see how the new engine works. The mechanics will be stopping by to do a sea trial in a couple of days.
The upside is that it started easy enough and is sounding smooth. I only sailed a few hundred yards to tie up, but all seem wonderful.
The packing box on the new shaft was leaking. I was going to add more packing but the mechanics who installed the new shaft and cutless sleeve bearing had the lock nuts tightened too much. I simply could not loosen the two bottom nuts in the impossibly tight quarters. I am almost in a hand stand in the bottom of the boat trying to reach the nut and have little leverage. The company who sold me the engine is going to have to deal with it when they arrive.
The deck had ice on it this morning too.
It snowed too.
Great first day. Lol.
I’m getting the fever.