Burning The Ship
12 January 2013 | There's No Turning Back Now
Posted By: Live-A-Board Bozo Hobo Rich
When Hernando Cortez landed in present day Mexico in 1519 his motivational technique to complete the task at hand was to burn his 11 ships giving himself and his men only one option, success or death. While my motivational technique doesn't risk the death of the crew it certainly only gives me one option. That option is to rebuild the fuel system that I completely tore out of the boat!
Reworking the fuel system was always on the list, there just never seemed to be the time (or motivation) to do it, but when the fuel supply to our diesel heater started getting interrupted, the cold became a great motivator. The heater is now temporarily pulling diesel out of a 5 gallon fuel jug and our engine is useless without fuel lines. Being in a slip rather than at anchor makes that "ok" but I'm heading off to the Seattle Boat Show on Monday 21st and if we don't get this slip in February, Lori will have to pull out and move to the anchorage without me! I know she can do it, she has taken the boat out without me before, but that means I have 6 days to get the fuel system back up and running.
I've always been better under pressure, so tomorrow I'll start living under the salon floor plumbing in the fuel system. Failure isn't an option, or at least not one I want to think about.