Archive for March, 2008

Another Winter Maintenance Update

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

  Thought I’d post a picture of Janet teaching our nephew Jack the ropes. Literally. I snapped a couple of pictures of Janet showing Jack how the mooring lines are tied to the forward cleats and how to let them go as we leave the mooring for a daysail. (more…)

Outboard engine repair saga continues …….

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

    I’m soooooooo close!!! I brought the Mercury 3.3 hp engine outside to the back patio this afternoon. Filled  a bucket with water, poured in some gas to the fuel tank ( with extra oil for break in), and gave the starter a pull. Well, the engine started up nicely ( after a few pulls of the starter cord of course), and everything looked good. I was amazed. I started patting myself on the back, thinking what a great job I did for a rookie, until I saw there was no coolent water being expelled. I stopped the engine, gave the side of the engine shaft a couple of knocks, because thats what you do, right? Just bang it a few times and it will work. I started the engine up again, and no luck. There was no coolent water going through the engine. I brought the engine back down to my basement and removed the lower unit to test the water pump manually. I filled a bucket, stuck the lower unit up to the water intake level and twisted the drive shaft to verify whether the water was being pumped up through the tube. It wasn’t. That pointed to a blocked or failed water pump. So I disassembled it and everything I think looked good. My only guess is that the impellor or gaskets are bad and I just don’t know the difference. I’m going to order the parts over the internet right now while everything is fresh in my mind. As I said… I’m sooooooo close :-)

Coyote Beach

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

coyote beach

While I’m on the subject of activities in Mattapoisett during the summertime I should mention Coyote Beach. Janet and I like to take walks from the Town Wharves or motor the Jenhiu over and hang out for the afternoon at the beach. (more…)

Sea Shell Island

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

see shell island

Sea Shell Island is the name I gave to the small spit of sand connected to Pine Island in Mattapoisett Harbor. In the picture from Google you can see it located in the center between Cresent Beach and the main section of Pine Island. (more…)