No, this is not our boat, but it’s impossible to describe that sinking feeling when you open the bilge and see you’re STILL sinking! The gut churning is only exacerbated by knowing your Visa card is already screaming, but hey, don’t start boating if you can’t take some pain!
We headed back to the marina after a peaceful night sleep interrupted only by the harmonic tones of the bilge pump automatically switching on. Once back at the dock we had a guy with contortionist skills crawl down below the engine to look once more for the source of the @#$% leak. He came back with some good news and some bad news. The Visa card began vibrating in N’s wallet. Eureka! He’d found the source of the leak (that was the good news) …. unfortunately, he concluded the source was a crack in the transom (not so good). The solution is to pull the engine, remove the outdrive and re-build the transom. Thank God we have a cash rewards Visa…. of course, we could use our travel rewards card and probably earn two round trips to China!
Again, we had some good news and some bad news. The good news is these guys can fix it. The bad news (besides the cost) is we may be up to two weeks off the water. I’m betting more, but we’ll see. Of course, being “stuck” in Fort Myers Beach where it’s sunny and 80 degrees with miles of white sand beaches is not exactly purgatory, but we want to get moving as we’ve made very little actual southerly progress since getting back in early January.
Enough of that. We received the diagnosis on a Friday and no work could be done over the weekend so off we went to Sanibel Marina once more.
We really like Sanibel. Great bike paths, access to golf and a cool little marina that delivers blueberry muffins.
While N played golf and chased gators, B found her own diversions.
This guy gets up each morning to build sand castles on the beach. Not to sure about how natural the color is!
Anyway, we enjoyed the days and spent the evenings languishing to the dulcet tones of our automatic bilge pump, but we still have to get the leak fixed.
We’re back at Salty’s Marina at Fort Myers Beach where we’ll pull the boat out tomorrow and get her ready for major work.