That was fun. Perhaps too much of the wrong kind of fun.
Today is Hollywood Shower at the dock master building and grocery shopping day.
It was also Hose Clamp Day. That's the day CA inspects all hose clamps and lifeline stanchions.
The big discovery?
The Prop-Lok brake was disassembled to investigate the shaft whipping, dripless-seal drip.
And. Never. Reassembled.
It appears our mechanic had dropped the linkage into the bilge.
And left it that way.
I found the dropped linkage by patiently scanning the deep bilge water with a flashlight until I saw something oddly linkage-shaped. The Ancient Evils that dwell there didn't like the offering and threw it back. Praise Cthulhu.
Now the Prop-Lok is reassembled. Thankfully, I had a vague idea how it went back together. Otherwise, I would have had to either simply remove the damn thing or pay our mechanic to reassemble it.
Since we won a gift certificate from Ram's Head last night, we'll be heading back there for dinner again.
The rest of the week looks like pleasant sailing down the bay.
Tue: E winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Tue Night: E winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Wed: SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Wed Night: SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Thu: NW winds 10 to 15 kt...diminishing to 5 kt after midnight. Waves 1 ft. A chance of rain through the night.
Fri: W winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of rain in the morning.
This seems like we should be able to sail (and motor sail) down to Hampton for the Hampton Snowbirds Rendezvous arriving during the day on Friday, October 18.
Maybe we'll make Solomon's on Tuesday. Deltaville on Wednesday. Cape Charles on Thursday. Hampton on Friday.
Maybe we'll make the Little Choptank on Tuesday. Reedville on Wednesday. The Severn River in Mobjack on Thursday. Hampton on Friday.
With light air, we might be able to sail almost all of it if we set goals that aren't very far away.