Archive for November, 2007

Outboard Engine Mechanic

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

engine 

 I’ve always said that owning a sailboat requires you to wear many hats. In order to keep your boat running, a sailor has to be a carpenter an electrician, a seamstress, a plumber, a diesel engine mechanic. He or she needs to be knowledgable in working with metals, plastics, canvas, and fiberglass.  And most importantly, a sailor must be a problem solver.

 This fall, I discovered another hat a sailor must wear. An outboard engine mechanic. 

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Cold November Rain

Monday, November 26th, 2007

                                the beach

 Today was a dark, rainy, chilly Monday after Thanksgiving. Just one of those miserable days that everyone hates. As I drove home from work in the pitch dark at 4:30 in the afternoon, I couldn’t help but think we have 4 more months of winter left to go. Actually, we haven’t even started winter here in New England and I’m complaining already. (more…)

Forward Hatch Replacment

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

 The first big maintenance job on Galatea this fall was the replacement of the forward hatch. A job long overdue. For the past two years there was a leak in the forward cabin. I looked everywhere for it. Plugging every conceivable spot on the cabin top with silicon. The forward hatch itself was covered with silicon. Still the water kept coming. Then one day this past summer it dawned on me what the problem was: the caulking in the gap on the cabin top where the hatch sit’s atop of had failed.

                                   hatch

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