21 May 2016 | Snead Island Boat Works, Manatee River
11 April 2016 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
17 March 2016 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
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21 February 2016 | Ft. Meyers Beach Mooring Field
17 February 2016 | Gulf Harbor Marina, Fort Myers, FL
16 February 2016 | Gulf Harbor Marina, Fort Myers, FL
15 February 2016 | Gulf Harbor Marina, Fort Myers, FL
13 February 2016 | Ft. Meyers Beach Mooring Field
31 January 2016 | Ft. Meyers Beach Mooring Field
25 January 2016 | Burnt Store Marina, FL
21 January 2016 | Platinum Point Yacht Club, Burnt Store Marina, Charlotte Harbor Florida
20 January 2016 | Sarasota Mooring Field
28 December 2015 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
16 December 2015 | Regatta Pointe Marina, Palmetto, FL
06 December 2015 | Gulfport Municipal Marina, Gulfport, FL
02 December 2015 | Gulfport Municipal Marina, Gulfport, FL
30 November 2015 | Clearwater Harbor Marina, Clearwater, FL
28 November 2015 | Moorings Marina, Carrabelle, FL
I Hope This Is an Omen
12 December 2011 | Vero Beach Marina
We saw this beautiful rainbow over the marina this morning. We saw it as we were coming back to the boat in the dinghy after taking Fuzzy ashore. That was after we woke up to find one side of our dinghy completely deflated. We had to tie the dinghy up to the side of the boat so I could put enough weight in it to get the foot pump attached to the valve. We pumped it back up and looked for the leak. We couldn’t find anything and Fuzzy needed to go ashore, so we took along the foot pump and came to shore. Now we had two boats and neither of them was functional. I needed the rainbow.
After we got back, we pulled the engine off the dinghy and Bud took it ashore to flip it over and thoroughly search for the leak. I stayed aboard and put the boat in order. The marina called to say that the man who had the slip where we were supposed to go was out of town and had called for the slip for another day. I called the Yanmar folks to see if they were still intending to start tomorrow morning. They were. I asked what time they were coming and if we could wait and bring the boat over in the morning. They plan to be here first thing and needed us to move the boat today so the engine wasn’t hot when they started work. I told the marina we needed the slip today.
Bud couldn’t find any leak anywhere on the dinghy. It hadn’t lost any air, either. He rowed it back to the boat and we hoisted it up on the davits. The marina called back and said they had a slip for us. The Yanmar tech said the distributor did not sanction the fitting we wanted to add to make the transmission fluid easier to change. He also said they always are able to pump all the fluid out of the dipstick opening. Bud put the plug back in tightly, filled it and replaced the filter. He topped the Racor off and we started the engine and took the boat into the dock.
We’re back at a dock and tomorrow we find out if they can do the work here or if we’ll have to take the boat down to Ft. Pierce to have it hauled. We’ll also see if the dinghy looses air overnight, it hadn’t all day. Maybe the rainbow is an omen. Here’s hoping.