Back to the boat. Underway!!

Temperatures are starting to cool off here and this has allowed us to start visiting the boat again without giving baby girl heat stroke.  Yay.

Saturday bright and early I went over to WaWa and filled up a jerry can on Ethanol free gas for the boat.

Just say to corn in your tank.

Just say to corn in your tank.

After getting some ice for the coolers we were off to the boat.

Rigging and Baby

Once at the boat I removed the extra dock lines and then broke out the Loos gauge and adjusted the standing rigging.  We needed to get the proper tension on the rig so I would not be stressed out lifting the front of the motor using the boom and halyard to replace the motor mounts.

Adjusted my turnbuckles. All these are new as we replaced everything in overhaul but for the main chain plates.

Adjusted my turnbuckles. All these are new as we replaced everything in overhaul but for the main chain plates.

After adjusting rigging tension I reinstalled the solar panel I had removed for fear of a hurricane.

As this was going on Lori and baby were getting comfortable in the cabin.

Lori and baby as seen thru the topside hatch.

Lori and baby as seen thru the topside hatch.

This was Elizabeth’s second trip to the boat.  It is remarkable how much better her life jacket fit.  We would make her wear it whenever going on and off the boat.

Here be baby girl in her jacket.

Here be baby girl in her jacket.

We discovered the V berth makes a good changing station.

Freshly changed.

Freshly changed.

For dinner Saturday we went out to Chef Larry’s, good stuff.

I spent Sunday morning replacing motor mounts.  Lori took baby antique shopping.

Motor Mounts and Damage Repair.

To enable lifting the front of the motor I wrapped a loop of rope around the flywheel housing. Then hooked it to a cheapo block and tackle.

This I hooked to the halyard  running thru a loop on the boom. It worked perfect, I pulled and lifted the front of the 400 lb motor with one hand.

After replacing the mounts (two hours due to some drilling) I readjusted the motor and shaft alignment (about an hour).

Also at this time I installed a 200 amp fuse link between the start battery and the starter as I had to disconnect the battery to safely work on the starboard motor mount.

Blue Sea Systems 5191 Fuse Block Terminal 30-300 AMP

I then proceeded to repair a few lightning damaged items.

First was the Master switch that the bolt ate.

New and old, what is left of it anyway.

New and old, what is left of it anyway.

I then turned toward the motor and getting it to start.

A few weeks back I had pretty much determined the issue was no spark.  I ordered a new electronic ignition but had the worrisome feeling in the back of my mind it could be just the coil, we have two spare coils thanks to my old motorcycle fetish.

On opening up the distributor cap I was greeted with a bunch of plastic bits.

Distributor with plastic debris inside.

Distributor with plastic debris inside.

It appears the bolt had blown up the sensor.

Old vs New sensor

Old vs New sensor

Once the new sensor was installed I attempted to start the motor.  She cranked up first try.

I let it idle for about 30 minutes and our Carbon Monoxide alarm did not go off, successful exhaust system rebuild.

At this point Lori and Elizabeth returned with dinner and I called it a day.

Monday is for Moving

This morning we started early.  After a large breakfast I replaced the fried bilge blower and RPM gauge.


Lori and I then worked on getting the boat ready to move.   2 years in the yard leads to some pretty sloppy housekeeping on a boat.  We stowed the coolers below, removed a bunch of trash, organized our dock lines in a bucket, got out the boat hooks, found the floating cockpit cushions.  Reinstalled the life sling. Tried to clean up and secure gear adrift in the galley.

We got a start on the cleanup but there is still a lot to do as we need to bring aboard the dinghy and motor and secure everything so we can sail rail in the water if need be.  Coffee grounds always seem to be the first to spill.

Off We Go!

After walking the pups and letting the motor idle for 30 minutes we cast off the lines.  Our first trip outside of the marina on Lori Bell.

Elizabeth was ecstatic.

Elizabeth was ecstatic.

The pups seemed to enjoy it.



I need a vest because I run around so much.

I need a vest because I run around so much.

Deep thoughts.

Deep thoughts.

And probably the happiest critter aboard.

And probably the happiest critter aboard.



View on the water.

View on the water.

We motored up and down the Intercoastal Waterway for about an hour and a half.  We then headed in, making a stop to clean out the waste tank on the way.

3.3kts at 980rpm and 5.5kts at 1600rpm.  She started out a little rough making turns but as we headed in smoothed out to a nice buzz.  Lori thought it was smooth the entire time but she was comparing it to our first trip in the marina with bad mounts and a fouled propeller.

We will push the motor a little more next time. I do need to adjust the reverse band on the Atomic 4 as once the oil was warm reverse pretty much stopped working.  Of course we hope to also raise the sails next trip.  Sweet.

Hurricane Danny

With Hurricane Danny swirling out there we thought it best to visit the boat this weekend and double up the dock lines  (added a second set), and stowed our solar panel below so it will not blow away.

We have been avoiding trips out to Titusville due to the summer heat and baby girl.  This weekend was no exception.  We waited until after 6pm and for the temps to drop below 90 and made the trek out.   Wow it was hot out there.  After only a few minutes on the bench in the shade Lori had to take Elizabeth into the marina laundry room to soak up some air conditioning.   It may have only been 86 but you could cut the humidity with a knife.

Cutting Board

Another reason for our visit was to take some photos of our factory original cutting board and stove.   I recently received an email from Catalina Direct asking for such photos,  if they like our board we will ship it to them and they will use it as a template for making replacements and we get a new board in the process.

Our old cutting board installed in the Princess stove. It flips up.

Our old cutting board installed in the Princess stove. It flips up.

Of course in the process of going below and taking photos I discovered it was 100 degrees inside the boat as per the bulkhead thermometer.   Yikes.

Titusville Marina

What a depressing place to visit.  When we first moved in a few years ago with our last boat the marina was jammed packed.  I remember only having one or two choices of slip locations as they must have been over 90% full.

When we moved the Bell in a few months back I would say they were about 65% to 70% full but now since the “Live Aboard” fiasco the city has enacted the place is probably only 25-35% full.   There sure is no waiting at the laundry room for a machine or the bathroom for a stall.

A prime example of “We are the government and here to help”.  Glad these types don’t run our healthcare system….  Ohh………

With such nice facilities and docks and a decent ships store the marina is probably one of the only things Titusville had going for it, even if it was a loss leader it was one of the few bright spots. Sad.


After putting on our dock lines and listening to a power boater on the next dock berate his girlfriend like an ass we loaded up in the Escape and went to dinner.

We decided to try “Village Inn”  a Denny’s like restaurant in Titusville that has a lot of pies.   Yummy pies, even strawberry rhubarb.  Unfortunately we were so full by the time for pie came about we left without trying a slice.

Baby Girl and a Bottle

Baby Girl and a Bottle

Village Inn Titusville.  Feeding Elizabeth,  what a sweetheart.

Village Inn Titusville. Feeding Elizabeth, what a sweetheart.

Of course since we did take the time to double our lines, no hurricanes this year, that is how it works…..

Baby on board. 

Logs N Baby

I recently purchased two log books.

One we call the “Ships Log”. In it we will be recording who visits and when as well as were we go and what we do. Hopefully mostly fun entries. Anyone that comes aboard is welcome to make an entry. 

The other is the “Maintenace Log” I. It we will record any major work and routine work done to the boat.

This weekend we put our first entry in the ships log. I roughly states “Elizabeth Flora Lillian Monroe visited the boat and spent her first night aboard”. A pretty cool entry.

We first had to get her a PFD. Actually we have had one in the garage a few years now. Still with sale label attached. We were able to use it.

 Here she is dangling by the carry strap. It fits her in that it will keep her head above water and she will not fall out.

To take her to and from the boat we suit her up in this thing for the off chance we fall off the dock.
We have a small sleeper for her to stay in. We actually use this at home also, it folds up nice and has a carry handle.

Here she is sleeping like an angel.
One good thing about the boat is it affords a lot of places to hang washed linens if they get soiled.

Baby girl spends her time below out of the sun. But we did take her for dinner at Chef Larry’s and for a walk after.

 She did pretty well, we were lucky and the temperature stayed below 90 this weekend, otherwise we would have stayed home.

Maintenance Log

Unfortunately this weekend had me make the third entry in the maintenance log. This entry listes things I found that needed repair due to lightning.  It took half a page.

Basically all the engine gauges and the electronic ignition system are shot.

Surprisingly enough I worked on wiring and the mast lights all survived. Steaming, spreader, foredeck spot and anchor light all work.   The only navigation bulb we had blow was the stern light.

I replaced the radio and charge controller.

 As well as the indicator LEDs on the fuse panels.

Oh, and the Lightning jumped from my back stay and ateabout 4 holes in my rolled up Bimini.

If you look close you can see black char marks were it burn thru to the metal frame.

I also replaced the exhaust hose this weekend.

To get it from the motor compartment  to I laced the end of the hose with a tie wrap.

 This allowed me to feed a rope down inside and with the help of a screwdriver make that last tight bend through the the forward bulkhead of the sail locker.
In replacing the aft section of hose I had to crawl back under the cockpit behind this hatch.

 Here you can see daylight through the split old hose at the transom fitting.

Here is a look at the space with the rudder shaft in frame. It pretty much forces you to only have one hand to work with.

post in the way

post in the way

A better view of the work area.



Lucky for me I did this part first thing in the morning before the heat set in.

Up next trip,  tuning the rig, aligning motor, replacing burnt up stuff and hopefully going out and about for the first time.

Pejorative!!! I should have stayed home with the baby…….

I have less than a week left on my baby leave from work.  Back to the grind Monday.

I have been missing the boat and being very close to actually cruising trim I am anxious to get things done.

Today I decided to take the Yellow sled out to the marina and get a little done on replacing the exhaust hose.

Yellow sled

Yellow sled

Checking the new dock lines they appear to be getting a but of a salt and pepper look to them.

White specs in the lines

White specs in the lines

I went below to open things up and air it and the boat seemed fine.

Here she is.

Here she is.

I went to energize the fans, throwing the master toggle for the aft fuse panel.  It seemed loose, the knob was just hanging there.  The master led would not light and there was no click in the switch.  Further investigation showed the forward fuse panel master light would not energize. ugghh.

I broke out the digital multi meter to check the batteries.

good ol dmm

good ole dmm

All the batteries looked good,  hmm.  Time to open up the fuse panel.

Looking at the one master switch it was missing, the entire back was not there any more.

This a good version of the switch.

This a good version of the switch.

At this point I came the conclusion we had been struck by lightening.  Oh my.

I rewired the aft control panel so I was getting electricity on the bus.  After that I energized the electronics and turned on the chart plotter (the only thing currently installed as the AIS and VHF with Ram mic are in the trunk of the car.)   Sure enough the Plotter turned on.

Yay, it survived and the depth sounder still functions.

Yay, it survived and the depth sounder still functions.

I then tried to determine what we had lost.  The cabin fans were running once I turned on the accessories but the hand held vhf radios were not charging.  A new fuse int he charger plug and they started to take a charge and both turned on also, Good news.

All the interior lights worked except for the Vberth and the starboard reading lamp.  Here is a photo of the port reading lamp.



The starboard lamp.

Starboard lamp led bulb is just gone, just a toasted socket.

Starboard lamp led bulb is just gone, just a toasted socket.

The AM/FM no longer functioned.   Replaced fuse and got a good smoke smell from inside of it.

As the the VHF antennas run down the mast and enter the cabinetry directly behind the starboard reading lamp I decided it was a good idea to take a look at the masthead. I dug out the binoculars.

Good ole binos.

Good ole binos.

Walking back along the dock and observing the masthead with the binocs I was unhappy to find the upper VHF whip is now missing.  Looking at it with the specks you can see the white base is blown apart much like Elmer Fuds rifle when he has a run in with bugs bunny.

Can not get a good zoom but note there is no whip the antenna base is just below and forward of the anchor light.

Can not get a good zoom but note there is no whip the antenna base is just below and forward of the anchor light.

Edit: I just noticed from looking at this photo the bird spike above my wind vane is also gone…..  Grrrr.  I wonder how long until some vermin ruins it or the vane falls off since it still moves.

I see a trip up the mast in my future.

It looks like the bolt vaporized my whip, traveled down the coax and then jumped into the lamp and accessory circuit back to the panel.  It ruined my smart switch voltage indicator, my solar charge controller and watt meter.

Also I tried to energize the motor instrument cluster but it ate some fuses. So we have a casualty in the motor etc.  Hopefully it is just a gauge or the blower fan. If we are unlucky the Electronic ignition on the motor could be shot.  I will have to chase that rabbit at a later date.

I was happy to find the bilge pump working correctly.  Yay…

After taking stock of our losses and ordering some replacement parts (solar charge controller, AM/FM radio and indicator LEDS) I then attempted to run in the new exhaust hose.

New exhaust hose.

New exhaust hose.

However I had lost motivation and after fighting with it for an hour or two called it quits and came home.

I should have just stayed home and played with baby.

I should have just stayed home and played with  the baby girl.

“These are not the slips you are looking for…”

I did not expect to be making a boat related update this weekend.    It is odd how things happen that I am now doing so.

Friday afternoon we had a knock on the door, strange in that the UPS guy usually drops the box on the stoop and hits the bell and runs.

I just happened to be close to the door so strolled over to find the mailman standing there with a certified letter. “Oh my” I signed for it and discovered it was from the City of Titusville, a marina contract.

Address redacted w baby shoe.

Address redacted w baby shoe.

My first thought was it was an eviction notice or some such due to our rotten dock lines and the fact we had not put our current state sticker on the boat, quite severe I thought.     I resolved to head out to Titusville first thing this morning and resolve these issues and get things straight.

At 8:00 this morning I kissed Lori and Elizabeth goodbye and drove out to the marina to make things right.

When I arrived I headed straight for the ships store and inquired about the letter.  “Oh that,  you a live-aboard? No, well that is just a new contract, everyone is getting one.”  Huh?

It turns out that the City Of Titusville is basically evicting all live-aboards out of the marina as of July 31st.  You can see a new rate schedule at the website and sure enough there are no live-aboard rates but for folks living out on the balls.

Yikes,  suffice it to say there are some unhappy folks at the marina.  As luck would have it I arrived just in time for a meeting between the live-aboards and the DockMaster and City Lawyer.

It was in the 90s but that is not the most heated thing happening at the marina this morning.

It was in the 90s but that is not the most heated thing happening at the marina this morning.

For those unfamiliar with the live-aboard community there are a few types.  But for brevity we will say there are Hobo types that live in a floating shack and then the retired community.  Most marina dwelling live-aboards fall into the “retired” category and as far as that goes I am of the opinion that they are usually more well off and have things together than the average person. Part of the appeal to Lori and myself of the boating lifestyle is the people you meet,  very fine people.

After listening in on the meeting a few minutes I came to the conclusion the State of Florida has made Live-Aboard leases for marinas untenable and the City is doing away with them.  My guess is the City is loosing money on the marina and wants the live-aboard lease issue resolved before putting it on the market.


After deciding the meeting was going no place very quickly I went over to the Lori Bell and replaced the dock lines.

old dock lines rotten and frayed

old dock lines rotten and frayed

I took the opportunity to take some current photos of the Lori Bell to document our refit work.

20 June 2015

20 June 2015

20 June 2015

20 June 2015

New bow lines and spring line.

New bow lines and spring line.

Here is how she looked before we started.

Genji in the water Oct 2013

Genji in the water Oct 2013

Lori Bell (Genji) waiting to be hauled out for refit.

Lori Bell (Genji) waiting to be hauled out for refit.

Nov 2013

Nov 2013


Of course nothing would be complete without the inclusion of our newest and dearest family member.

Here she is supervising me typing out blog.

Here she is supervising me typing out blog.

Happy happy happy happy…….

Titusville calling….

The best days in a boat owners life. 

At around 9 this morning the marina called. I told them I was sorry I did not make it out to change the lines as I was busy.  

As I was speaking with the this was who was asleep in my arms. 

Elizabeth Flora Lillian Monroe. Born at 11:26 14 June 2015. 5 lbs 10 oz. 

Suffice it to say the folks from the marina congratulated us.  I guess they will let things slide. 😄

Little girl is amazing. 


Ya, about those dock lines….

Monday I received a call from our new DockMaster in reference to our dock lines.   We need to replace them as they are not acceptable. 

We noticed it Sunday moving the Bell, the cheap Chinese anchor rode I was using as docklines had degraded in the sun and are now falling to pieces.  

I ordered a new set of 5 double braid black lines to replace them.  Seems that black is a unpopular color for dock lines as they were 30% the price of the blue or gold colored lines.   

Amazon delivered the lines Wednesday afternoon.  Lori and I were going to run out to Titusville Friday after work and I was to replace the lines and then we were going to have dinner at Chef Larry’s before going home as we planned to really start prepping the house for baby girls arrival. 

Thursday afternoon we went to the doctors office for Lori and Baby’s biweekly checkup.    

Baby gets 20 minutes on the monitor. 

Here you see a heart rate of 173.  Baby is having a kick and push on mommy fest. Really living it up and healthy and active.  Her rate is usually about 123 or so. 

Loris blood pressure (BP) was high and Doc worried about preeclampsia   decided it was best to send us to the hospital.  Winnie Palmer here in Orlando, they are the #2 hospital in the nation for baby deliveries. 

So here we are in still at the hospital , it is Saturday morning, and they have Lori’s BP under control with medication.  With the baby being 36+ weeks along they are working towards getting Lori to deliver conventionally thru the use of drugs in the next day or so.  Baby girl is fine but the fear is if Lori’s condition worsens it will endanger the baby.  

  Hospital Room with a view. 
The food is great and the room comfortable, I even have a Murphy bed to crash on at night. 

  They even have really nice water cups/bottles. 
Next stop for us,  parenthood,  and about those docklines………

Mid Week Update- List and a tidbit.

So now for a short mid week update.

I received a call from our new Dock master,  we need to replace our dock lines.   We noticed this weekend that the cheap Chinese rope had not stood up well to the Florida sun.   As we had not been moving the rot had gone unnoticed.

New lines are on order.

Also on order:

  • exhaust hose
  • muffler
  • Forward motor mounts
  • Chart plotter flush mount kit
  • Manual oil pressure gauge

Things I have yet to install that are on hand:

  • VHF radio
  • RAM mic for VHF
  • AIS transceiver
  • New secondary halyard for topping lift
  • Hold down straps for gear in cabin

The kicker is we were not planning to go out this weekend and I had a feeling we are not going to be working on her for at least a month or two as the baby is really close, but the dock masters call has pretty much made a visit go on the schedule.

We also need to contact a diver to clean her bottom and I have to tune the rig with my new Loos gauge and we need to measure and order a mainsail cover.    Mehhhh….

I think we will just go out Friday and eat at Chef Larrys after we put on the new lines and then come home.  I have a lot of work to do around the house to prepare for our little girls arrival.


Last night (Monday) Lori and I took a tour of Winnie Palmer hospital since we plan on delivering there.  A very nice hospital.

Lori and the view from the 10th floor.

Lori and baby girl with the view from the 7th floor.

After the tour ended around 9 pm we were sitting in the waiting room of the Triage area filling out Lori’s preregistration paperwork.  As she filled in the blanks a lady came to the admissions counter and stated she thought the baby was coming. This got our attention and we both looked up just as her water broke.   Wow, never seen that happen before and it kinda brings it all home…..

God bless…..

I ache all over.

Oh, were to start.

First let me say thank you to my brother Dana for coming out to help us today.   We could not have got things done with out his patient assistance.

Whats up.

Day 1

Saturday started bright and early with me getting up at my normal hour and running to the store for vittles, gasoline and ice.

I got home after 8am and Lori was ready to go.   We loaded the Escape with the goodies and the pups as well not a small number of boat parts.

Loaded, gas, cooler with watermellon, 5 gallons of Ice water.

Loaded, gas, cooler with watermelon, 5 gallons of Ice water.

We headed out,  not to Titusville but to Daytona. The reason, to visit a prospective new marina.    After 55 minutes we arrived, a nice marina only 2 blocks from the beach and close to Ponce Inlet so we can do some ocean sailing as well as being only 10 minutes further from the house than Titusville.  Sweet.  The downside, no room,  we are on a waiting list now and it may take a year to get a slip.

After checking out the nice marina we were off to Westland in Titusville to get to work.

Cobbled Together.

The last few weeks I had run into some roadblocks with parts but now we had everything or so we thought.

First we had to do the fuel system.

New deck fitting to go with the new  filler hose below deck.

New deck fitting to go with the new filler hose below deck.

I installed the Carborator I had just cleaned, as well as a new inline filter between it and the fuel pump.

12 o'clock- carburetor center- fuel filter 3 o'clock- fuel pump

12 o’clock- carburetor
center- fuel filter
3 o’clock- fuel pump

From the fuel pump I ran a hose back to the primary fuel filter and water separator.

Big filter

Big filter

Then from there a line back to the new fuel valve installed in the galley near the fuel tank.

Perfect fit, this was taken before I labeled the valve up all nicely.

Perfect fit, this was taken before I labeled the valve up all nicely.

From the valve I ran the final piece of fuel line back to the tank.  All fuel line being 1A Marine rated.

New fuel tank with new filler hose in place.

New fuel tank with new filler hose in place.

After finishing the install of the entire fuel system I then installed the water lift muffler I bought online. It fit like a glove.  Easy.

Then finally went in the raw water strainer and anti siphon loop for the cooling system.  The motor was ready to go.

I put 5 gallons of gasoline in the tank using my trusty shaky siphon, I bought a new shaky as I had left the old on the Clew when we sold her.

I then bypassed the safety switch on the fuel pump until I saw fuel in the glass filter near the carb,  I did this as I did not want to have the engine crank as the pumps filled up the primary filter and fuel lines.  It took about 15 seconds or so it seemed.

Then she was ready to start.

I only ran her for a few short minutes (the hobbs said 5) at idle, then I shut her down for the night.  It was time for dinner.

After dinner we got back to the boat and I reinstalled the galley, drawers and all.  We then made out the bed from the Salon table,  a first for us sleeping in the salon as Lori is having trouble with the entry and exit from the Vberth at this point in her pregnancy.

Day 2

Sunday morning we woke after a good nights sleep looking up at the brightening sky thru the bomar hatch in salon overhead.

I got up and enjoyed making a nice cup of coffee and breakfast for us both.

I turned on the pressurized water as I had hooked it up the night before but because we use the foot pump I did not test.  Sure enough I hear the pump kick on for a minute and then cut off.  I turned the tap, water.  Yay..  Closed the tap as the pressure dropped and the pumped kicked in again and then hear a “snap, hissssss” that emanated from someplace under the cabin sole.  Turned the knob, no water… Uggg, we now have a broken water line.  No real bother since the foot pump works fine but I will need to fix it eventually.

As I was still enjoying my coffee I took the time to clean up a bit, it is amazing the amount of stuff you accumulate on a boat.  Tools, hardware old and new, more hardware, sealers, hardware, drill bits, hardware..  I sorted and cleaned up enough of it to at least give us use of the navigation station again.

After fiddling with the Nav station I sorted out the shift linkage that was loose under the companionway ladder. Adding a washer and tightening everything down allowed us to properly work transmission.

We decided to try out the shifting and test the reverse in tied in the slip.  We were hoping to get everything sorted and have Dana come out and help us as Lori can’t work deck at the moment. However we needed to ensure the transmission functioned properly before he drove out as we would hate to have him waste the trip.

To test the transmission we needed to start the motor, I took this as a good time to teach Lori how to do it.

As I walked her thru it she ended up sitting in the cockpit and hitting the start and the motor fired to life.  She ran like a champ.  We let her idle a bit and then Lori put her in Forward, clunk, the motor jumped a bit but the shaft started to turn, odd that jump wiggle, it appeared to be at the front of the motor.

Lori then pushed the shifter into reverse,  nothing, I would need to adjust the reverse settings in the transmission.  Not the end of the world as this is something that pretty much always needs adjusting after a rebuild.

As we discussed this with Lori in the cockpit and me looking down at the transmission linkage with the motor running I head an alarm. “Beep Beep Beep….Warning Carbon Monoxide Detected”.  It was the CO alarm we installed over a year ago, it works and  Oh my, we have and exhaust leek.

After shutting off the motor, tossing the dogs out into the cockpit and setting up the fans to blow fresh air into the boat as the bilge blower sucked old air out the alarm went out.

I looked about and it appears we have a hose and muffler failure.

This is the exhaust hose and a couple/ flapper as it runs to the transom you can see water leaking from the failed hose.

This is the exhaust hose and a couple/ flapper as it runs to the transom you can see water leaking from the failed hose.

I order 25 feet of new exhaust hose.  At this point I don’t want to risk any old hose on the boat.

We also had a small water leak at the base of our new to us  but used stainless water lift muffler.  I will be calling some local shops and see if it can be repaired.  A new stainless muffler cost more than $350 and a fiberglass replacement $175.   Hopefully we can fix it.

Following this revelation I went ahead and adjusted the reverse on the transmission and Lori and I went next door to Titusville City marina.   After talking to those folk we decided to move over there and save $2 a foot in slip fees,  we would just have to ride in the cockpit and not go below. We called Dana and requested he come out to help.

Dana arrived and we cast off the lines and crept out of our slip.

At idle speed the Bell hardly moved and she had a loud knocking as we added turns.   Ugg..

I believe the forward motor mounts are shot.  These came with the boat and I reused them in a fit of economy. I think the moment we put her in gear the torque on the motor was too much and we lost alignment.  Uggg..  New motor mounts are needed.

We limped into our new slip about 5 fairways away, a new marina under our own power.

New marina

New marina

Here she sits.

Here she sits.

Funny enough no CO alarm but the exhaust did leak a bunch of water.