August 12, 2011
Well this day turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. After spending a rather pleasant week or so visiting friends in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. We finally returned to our home in Maryland. One of the first things I wanted to do was to go sailing and I was perfectly happy to do it by myself.
However, when I got to the boat, I found a problem: the lever to loosen the engine so it would swivel from left to right (enabling you to get more turning power, which is really important getting into and out of a slip or fairway) was broken. This meant not that the engine wouldn’t swivel from side to side, rather, it wouldn’t stay in one position, which isn’t what I wanted either.
I tried over and over to figure out how to secure the lever, and I think I finally determined which pieces might be out of whack. What I can’t figure out was how it might have happened. One disk-type thing the lever either rides on or under was bent in a way that I think has to be wrong, and I can only imagine that the engine or lever might have been slammed into the dock which bent the disk-type thing. Here’s a picture:
So, I decided the thing to do was an easy thing: go to the marina up the road and buy or order the parts I needed. I called to find out when they closed, and started out. Once I got there, however, the first thing the lady asked me was “what’s your serial number?” Mind you, I don’t know my serial number though I am considering getting it tattooed to my arm somewhere. And by the time I would drive back to my marina to find out the serial number, the other marina would be closed. I went there anyway, took pictures of the serial number, wrote it down, and decided to send it to multiple email addresses so I’ll be ready the next time.
Since I couldn’t get back to that other marina to order the part on Friday, I decided to order the part online, which I did eventually. This was not the result I wanted on my first full day back from vacation. And I still didn’t get back on the water using a simple solution I’ll share in an upcoming blog.