|Our 1:00 am late-night arrival|
After doing a quick inspection, it was time to get it back to a livaboard. But It felt like we were breaking in to our own boat - when you arrive at 1:00 am and start making a ruckus around an extremely quite boat yard, there' the possibility of drawing some attention. But just as if we'd never left, we were back in, lights on, fans turning, and hot water heating - now I can start worrying about everything else.
We decided that getting the engines running was a good place to begin - its been months since I last heard their little putter-putt (or rumble if I want to embellish at bit) and its been even longer for Justin. After attaching the batteries, the port engine started up like it had been ran just yesterday, and so did the starboard engine. But high-fives turned to head-scratching when we realized that the starboard engine didn't seem to be pumping enough water (or sea water if we were in the ocean) through the system, and was confirmed after a quick check. In fact, it totally stopped pumping as Justin was tinkering with the feed line. The thought was to do the standard impeller change and we'd be back in business. But unfortunately, that's not what happened. Even after the new impeller was back in, still no water - so I'm probably about to bite the bullet and buy a new assembly and actually thought about buying a spare at the same time - silly me. At $489 retail, I think we'll limp along on 1 engine if another one goes out again.
|Shredded impeller and a bad water pump - not good|
We also got to lower the old and dilapidated (and that's being nice) Caribe dinghy to the ground for the last time. Having fulfilled her duties, she was dragged off to the side with honor to make room for the new inflatable performance catamaran. We had to install new eye hooks and a new access point, which sounds much easier than it actually was. The work isn't that bad, its the going back up and down the stairs to do another trial run to see if she's up high enough to avoid anything bad that may wash down between the hulls - mainly waves. We got her close and stopped for the day - we needed a fresh set of legs to do a little more tweaking. And at the end of the day, I'm not sure she's exactly where I want her but she's good for now.
|Looking complete with an actually inflated dinghy|
|Perfect size dinghy - clears by just a couple inches|