First Passage

I was starting to wonder if this day would ever come. After spending three extra weeks at Snead Island Boat Works to prepare Mojo for a new life in the water, we are now ready to sail her 100 miles down Florida’s west coast to Port Charlotte.  We look forward to tackling some needed repairs…

Sailing Through a Week of Work

Over the last week, we’ve made some real progress! It took Roger, the mechanic, several days to finish working on our engine, but as he said when he finally finished, “I got to your engine in the nick of time, and I’ve basically saved its life”. In truth, he is a little like a surgeon,…

An Evening on a Whitby 42

Joe made contact this week with a couple that we had met at the Whitby/Brewer Sailboat Association Rendezvous, and it  turned out they were going to be just a few hundred yards away from us, anchoring at Emerson Point.  Apparently they try to make this trip every year with their sailing club, and they told…

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…