Date: 24 August 2015. Engine
Some of you
may know Seaweed is on her third engine in two years. Every step of
the way was logical. Each choice seemed like a Good Idea at the
time. And there were moments of perfection when all worked as it was
supposed to. Of course there were glitches and a final straw moment.
I have left Carrabelle. This is how it all came to be.
arrived in Carrabelle it was at the end of a TowBoatUS rope, having
blown my head gasket on The Beast. The Beast was the original
gasoline monster. She was a 260hp inboard Mercury and far too
powerful for my little boat. The Theory was that she would go fast with
a big engine. The reality was far different.
loaded with all my stuff aboard her, the most I have ever seen is
seven knots and that was with the current. Later that day I was
doing three knots, without touching the throttle! The tide had
changed and was against me.
Often when the
tide changes I will anchor and wait for the current to be with me.
I am already where I want to be, and there is no schedule mandating
My boat was
made by Schucker. They are known for transom squat. Transom squat
occurs when you move the throttle forward to go faster. Instead the
transom digs in (gets lower). Your speed does increase, minimally. A
level boat burns less fuel.
after the head gasket replacement was done and sea trials had begun
I was offered a small diesel Volvo at a price I could afford. The
engine that arrived was quite a bit different than what I had thought
I bought, but that is another story.
This is the BOB Volvo during installation last year:
event, after much work, time and money the BOB Volvo was up and
running fine. She moved along at five knots with nary a wake. Not
even a smidgen! It was fun to "blast past" the no wake signs without
making a ripple in the water.
point I had been in Carrabelle for right at a year. The town is nice
with friendly folks. It is great to be able to walk to the grocery
store, library and post office.
works at the post office and is a favorite.
She knows when I have been a bad girl, i.e. shopping on eBay China.
Carrabelle is not so great to not be able to get to Wal-Mart or any of the
big thrift stores found in larger towns. I missed that more than you
can imagine. To me they are candy stores with lots of inexpensive
items I just might be able to use aboard Seaweed.
Carrabelle I yearned for yard sales and thrift stores. Big ones like
Goodwill and Salvation Army are wonderful. Smaller church run places
can be better yet. The thing is, I can afford thrift store prices.
I had lost my 3/4" wrench. A thrift store find was
It is fun to
look around and imagine what I can do with items available. Recently
I found a blown glass swan that I'll mail to a friend one of these
days. Plus, with a bit of effort I can take one item and make it
into something else.
Budget Spice Shelf (costs less than $1)
article tells about one of my
creations. For the record, no I have not updated the spice rack yet.
I am still looking for something to use in its place. However for now
it is Good Enough.
C-Quarters Marina too, and visited them regularly.
Once BOB was up and running I took
off for places south. In retrospect I should have done more sea
trials. Just west of Horseshoe Beach the engine quit. That was followed by a
tow back to Steinhatchee. I really hate arriving some place at the
end of a tow rope. It is embarrassing!
TowBoatUS captain Dave brought me back
Steinhatchee when I blew a bearing.
Stuck in Steinhatchee
with no trusted mechanic in sight and a broken engine, I opted to head back to familiar
territory. I hired
Marshall Marine to bring me back to Carrabelle. The article
detailing that adventure is
Steinhatchee (and engine update).
and Steinhatchee are on the Gulf coast
From there (Steinhatchee) I ended up having Seaweed
trucked back to
Carrabelle. It was time to start again.
On a hydraulic trailer, getting
ready to hit the road for Carrabelle:
number three, the Kubota from
Yanmar Tractor Parts arrived a-okay last autumn. I have named her
Betsy at the suggestion of a fellow named Steve.
This is Steve at the helm of
Seaweed during a sea-trial for the BOB Volvo:
Yanking out BOB was heart-breaking. So much of myself and Bob were
in that motor. I wanted it to run. That way Bob Winter could
continue to cruise with me even though he had the audacity to go to
Heaven all too soon. The
article is a tribute to him.
Bob was my friend. He was not
a boyfriend. Instead, over time he became a boating buddy. Being a soloist, having someone to share the journey with is
helpful. Each day I would call him when underway. He phoned too,
offering and asking for advice.
I tell you
this much: when I left Carrabelle by boat is was tremendously
difficult not having someone to reach out and talk to on the
journey. There was no cell phone coverage and I missed not having
someone to say "see that pelican" or "did you see the dolphin pod?"
understand why some boaters prefer
the more social aspects of cruising in tandem.
When I leave next time, I'm hoping to travel in tandem with another
that's not here, yet!
Note: I am
catching the website up to present. The following actually happened
still in Carrabelle (imagine it) and one Friday morning I was
crushed to discover that the delays would continue to be
ongoing. I'd had enough. The
one thing I did not do was make an Ultimatum. I did not say finish
Seaweed or else.
opted for another solution. Wise or not, I did it. And in the next
article I will
share that tale.
Do you give Ultimatums?
And, do you follow through with the Or Else portion?
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