If this keeps up I should fire my Mechanic.

Things started slowly last Saturday.   I was a bit frazzled and enjoyed the morning drinking coffee and enjoying hanging out around the house.

After lunch we started to get ready to head out to the boat.  I had to load up the dink and get ice and fuel as well as the main sail out of the garage.

Dinghy

Pulling the dinghy out of the garage I figured it was a good time to practice inflating the thing so I would not have to guess at how it works once on the boat.

DInk all packed up.

DInk all packed up.

Achilles LS4.

The boat itself weighs probably just 30 lbs or so with the wood floor weighing about the same.  It is easy enough to tote it around as long as you do not pack the floor in with the dink.

It unfolds.

Unfolded with foot pump connected.

Unfolded with foot pump connected.

It took 9 minutes to pump it up using the supplied foot pump at a leisurely pace, switching the hose between the fore and aft chambers half way through.

Here she is.

Here she is.

Deflating and folding it back into the case took 2 minutes.

Fully loaded.

Fully loaded.

Boat

We got to the boat pretty late in the day and I just had enough time to load all the supplies aboard before a squall hit.  She was rocking and rolling as we left to go get dinner.

Night picture of the Lori Bell

Night picture of the Lori Bell

After dinner we called it a night, as we got up with the sun in the morning.

Dawn over the marina.

Dawn over the marina.

Following breakfast and coffee I got to work on the boat.  First order of business I went to work on the gauges.  Replacing the water temperature and fuel gauge.  The fuel gauge replaced I looked at the sender, it measures open (should be 6-260 or so ohms) so a replacement is on order now.

Bad fuel gauge sender.

Bad fuel gauge sender.

After the electrical work I tightened some bolts and adjusted the reverse band on the Atomic 4.

A4 with transmission cover off to adjust reverse.

A4 with transmission cover off to adjust reverse.

Once the I had the motor and electronics sorted I started her up.   She ran for 10 to 20 seconds and died.

After attempting to restart for a minute or so I had to troubleshoot.

Pulled the #1 plug, good spark.

Disconnected the fuel pump from the carb and hot wire the pump to run. The pump made noise but no fuel came out.  Uggggh.  The fuel pump was the last part still in service from before the rebuild, I guess it wanted to retire.

Offending fuel pump.

Offending fuel pump.

So ended our plans to take her sailing for the first time.

Rigging

I actually did do some work toward getting our sailboat to actually, well sail.

I busted out the Loose gauge and adjusted the turnbuckles so the shrouds have proper tension.

Turnbuckles with split pins.

Turnbuckles with split pins.

I also replaced a too short halyard with a longer one that can double as a topping lift.

Old black, new white.

Old black, new white.

I sewed the the two together and pulled the new one up the mast using the old as a messenger.

Whipping string and sail needle.   Gets the job done.

Whipping string and sail needle. Gets the job done.

I also ran the furling line for the jib.  We need 2 new fair-leads to make it run smoothly.  They are on order so we should be good to go.

Interior

Also spent some time securing some bits in the cabin that have been loose since we bought the boat.  Drawers, bar, gear.

Secured the galley bar with a fiddle board, now it does not move when leaned on.

Secured the galley bar with a fiddle board, now it does not move when leaned on.

And got rid of the hump in the engine hatch using a hammer for a little manual persuasion. 

  
Until next trip Libby says bye.

I love my vest!

I love my vest!

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