Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tranny Issues

So it turns out that the little issue with the throttle control turned out to be a big issue with the transmission (insert unhappy face here). Luckily Matt was able to remove it from the back of the engine without taking the engine back out. Unluckily, now we will have to have it fixed, or worse, by a new one. Arg. But we are making the best of it and just gonna keep moving forward. 

Back in the hole getting dirty again. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

First Motor Out

Our first motor out was amazing. It was a beautiful day with a light breeze and cool wind. We decided not to put the sails up as we didn't want to put too much stress on the hull all at once. The engine ran well with no issues. Our mechanic that rebuilt the engine told us that we need to break it in twenty minutes at a time. Twenty minutes idle, twenty at full revs, twenty just cruising. We will need to continue this process for the first twenty hours. We got a good two hours out of the way and figured it would be a good idea to just anchor out for the weekend. We motored about a bit more and found a nice little spot just inside the spa creek drawbridge. 

The bridge opens every half hour so we had to wait in and out of idle for about ten minutes. While we were waiting we noticed a little funny business with our throttle control. It seemed to be having some trouble getting into and out of gear quickly. The engine was still running well though so we just limped through. We found an open spot in the creek, laid out 40' of chain, and snuggled in for the sunset. 

The freedom mobility brings is indescribable. I know we just around the corner and up the creek from where we have been for a year but it really was amazing. We needed this break from the dock and really recharged our energy. Amazing to finally be moving. 

We ended the weekend with an amazing sunset and content souls....

....have to investigate that shifting issue tomorrow. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

We Did It!

We did it; made it though to the other side. The boat is floating. The past year (14 months to be exact) was the hardest thing I have ever experienced in my entire life. Not only physically demanding, but also emotionally draining, expensive, and messy. Like, broken spirit, almost destroyed our souls, bad. That said, it was also a challenge and a great achievement. I'm glad I can finally refer to 'the year we spend living on the hard' as something that is in my past. There are still projects to be completed but there always will be, and that is okay with me.

Matt has proven to be the most amazing person. His determination to figure it all out has really shined throughout this whole project. I owe him everything. I can confidently say that I literally couldn't have done it without him. This one is for you my love!

Happily floating in a slip