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.
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 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.
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.
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
From the fuel pump I ran a hose back to the primary fuel filter and water separator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here she sits.
Funny enough no CO alarm but the exhaust did leak a bunch of water.