At last we are working on the engine !!! Ben, a master engineer and then some -- came down from Portland and the little Westerbeke came out of the boat. It will be stripped down to its nub and cleaned within an inch of its life and put back in. There are problems with the Paragon transmission and we haven't figured out whether to rebuild, purchase a new one or go with a different transmission altogether. As the work continues, that decision will be made. However, by the time we are finished, we will have a more fuel efficient and quieter baby.
We are installing a new utility pump to make oil changes easier and a solenoid for the starter. Improvements will be made as well as drastic cleanup measures. All in all though, considering the engine is a 70's model she is in remarkably good shape. There are still ongoing discussions about whether we will repower down the road before we leave. So, we are ecstatic to alleviate some of our real engine concerns and know (not speculate) at last.
We are meeting our friends Jack and MaryAnne in Stockton in late April and that will be so much fun - more on that later.
We finally got some lights up - it's been a few years, we've always had good iintentions. Otherwise, not much. Jonathan did get another job at another ACE hardware so we're relieved about and Santa may visit us this year - maybe!!
Hope everyone is healthy and doing okay these days. Be in touch.
10/27/2011, Muir Woods
Jonathan had the week off which was supposed to be fun. Unfortunately the day before he left the store, the owner told him it was closing effective December 31st. Needless to say, this announcement was not well received and put a damper on plans to do some costly repairs during his time off - we need to see what plays out.
Anyway, the weather has certainly cooperated this week and we did get a few cleaning and winterizing projects done, not to mention repairing the toilet (way past necessary). We took our first road trip in the car this morning too to see the Redwoods. It was just beautiful and they are an awesome sight. It was a peaceful place and we were glad to be able to get off the dock and out in the world.
Not much else. Attached are a few photos - as one of our friends said, "you guys wouldn't have any luck, if you didn't have bad luck!!! We will survive. More later.