Diesel, Diesel Everywhere…

Today’s visit to the boatyard proved useful. Roger had already been there to use an air compressor to blow all the black crud out of all the fuel lines. He also showed us pictures of the inside of our now clean fuel tank. When we gasped at how great it looked, and asked him how…

Diesel Mechanics Rock

Our morning started with a stop at a small engine shop in Bradenton. We had dropped off our Mercury dinghy outboard engine on Monday so it could get over-hauled and examined. Remember – nothing on our boat has been touched in at least a few years, maybe more. The mechanic said the carburetor was shot…

Mo’ Problems

Went to the yard today, and we saw that they’d put the boat into a slip. ‘Cool’, we think, ‘they must’ve been able to start the engine!’  We went into the office and found out otherwise. They had towed the boat into the slip, and the mechanic has found some really really major issues: water,…

First Dilemmas, then Dog Beaches

We headed back into the boatyard, and met up with Bill, the yard manager. He asked if we could move the boat into a slip they had open, and I mentioned that Joe had tried to start the engine on Friday, but it wouldn’t turn over. Bill said he had a mechanic at the yard…

Bronchitis, and Pesky Leaks

Ok, so the day before, I had thought I was recovering from feeling sick. No. I wasn’t.  I dropped Joe off at the boat yard to meet Norm, and drove home to crawl back into bed with a sore throat and a cough and a headache. I woke up around lunch and drove back out…

In The Water!

Today we got the boat in the water! And……(wait for it)……it didn’t sink!  Huzzah! Aaaah – what a good feeling to see the boat back in the water where it belongs. It’s a weird thing to see such a large, heavy displacement, blue-water boat out of the water in storage. It definitely doesn’t belong there,…

Feeling Frustrated

Joe has been quite sick with a head/chest cold but seems to be getting over it, and now I've started to get sick with something yesterday. Being sick sucks. Especially when you are essentially homeless and living out of hotel rooms. Joe and I realize life is a real challenge for both of us right…

Free Day

We were 'dog free' for one more day, and Joe was still feeling puny from his virus, so I was the designated driver and set out to find a park I'd read about, Fort DeSoto. Turns out it's this great big county park, with several different beaches and fishing piers. We drove up to the…