Good News and a Nice Walk
09 December 2011 | Vero Beach Marina
We got some good news today. First, in the morning I called the Yanmar distributor and found out that they were authorizing our repair. Some of the remedial work on the installation they would be charging back to St. Augustine Marine Center, but so far they were treating the oil seal leak as a warranty issue. After I talked to them I called the local dealer and asked about the tube for the transmission. The mechanic was out, but the woman promised to get back to us today.
With that business done we decided to go ashore and check the local bus schedule and routes. We found the bus runs every hour, but we couldn’t find a brochure with the routes that we could take. There’s one posted on the wall, but the routes are complicated and we don’t know where things are around here, so it didn’t do us much good.
The day had turned nice and I persuaded Bud that Fuzzy could use a walk, so instead of attempting the bus we walked the six blocks or so over to the beach. The marina is on the east side of the Intracoastal Waterway, so it’s just over this narrow island to the Atlantic. Fuzzy wasn’t as excited about the beach as I thought he might be, but he definitely enjoyed it. It’s a nice beach, and as you can see in the photo, mostly deserted.
When we got back to the boat we found we had new mooring mates, a couple on a Catalina 32. We talked to them and got the lines and fenders adjusted. Then I got a call from the local Yanmar people. The mechanic hadn’t returned, but the woman had looked the information up on plumbing a riser for the transmission fill. She also said the parts for our repair were due Monday afternoon and they would probably be able to start the repair on Tuesday. That’s good news indeed. She was going to talk to our mechanic about the fill tube and perhaps have one of the other mechanics put it together as I reminded her we needed to install it and fill the transmission before we could move the boat to the dock. So things are moving forward. I’m hopeful that we could be moving on in as little as a week.
Bud celebrated by spending a couple of hours fishing. He caught some small Pompano and several small Ladyfish, so even though there’s no more fish for the freezer, he had fun.