Just about the time we were beginning to learn our way around Fort Myers like we were residents, halleluiah, we’re back on the water! Of course, you can’t even read the numbers on the Visa card they’re so worn down (thank God for cash back!), but at least we’re floating and back on our way. I know it’s boring for some, but let’s reprise the experience with some details.
So, two weeks ago, we were sinking; nothing the bilge pump couldn’t keep up with, but new water all the time. N tasted bilge water on multiple occasions to confirm it was salt water. Sounds gross, but anything to avoid going to the “plastic wrench”. All to no avail, we had a leak.
After pulling the engine and outdrive and running a straightedge over the area where the outdrive is seated, it seemed the transom itself had warped rather than cracked, but that still created a problem with seals so it had to be dried out, filled, and re-built to level (can you hear the Visa spooling?).
Got that done, had everything put back together and launched the boat yesterday. The excitement was indescribable. The good news is we didn’t have any leaks. Better yet, as we motored down the causeway we had a guy in some fancy boat compliment us on how nice our boat looked, but as we pulled into the Gulf we had an alarm go off. Are you kidding me?!
Back to the dock we went. At least we got to spend the night on the boat after multiple nights at the dumpiest hotel we’ve ever stayed in.
The marina guys were back on it in the AM (delighted that our Visa covered the expense to date!) and discovered a bad water pump impeller. WTF. Whaddya gonna do? Out comes the Visa, in comes the new part and we’re off. Well, there’s this other little issue still, but N just slammed a bunch of sealant over the problem area and, like I said, we’re off!
Boat is running great and water is remaining where it should be… in the ocean and not in the boat! We ran from Fort Myers to the Marco Island Marina today. We are BY FAR the smallest boat at the dock, but I bet we spent more on maintenance than most this past week!
Anyway, we feel a bit behind schedule now so we’re going to burn down to the Keys while skipping some classic anchorages in the Everglades (the bugs can wait until next time).
PS: OK, so I thought we needed a bit more Miami boat show color.