OK, I am sitting here shaking like, well, I don’t know. My brain is just cringing at the bit of high drama on the water. See, we are soaking up Scarlet for the trip to Florida, we gave her two full days in the water, in the boathouse to soak up, and well, she did get a tad better, but this morning I went to clean her out and water just kept coming.
The good news is that its about 30 minutes between a 1 minute bilge run. So I started her up. VROOM, and motored to the lift to get her on the trailer for her drive. But, as I noticed, the water was there in the bilge. More than anyone should be used to, and not enough to cry like a baby and jump. I nelt down to see if the front bilge was working. NO! Just a hum… OH SHIP! I put on a little speed to kick in the rear bilge pump which helped. Then made it to the dock at the lift and they hooked it up. The front bilge not working. YIKES. Now, at some point it kicked in. My guess an air pocket. And it wouldn’t cut on and off to reboot it. But we kinda lifted the rear a tad to let her drain. 5 minutes later she was dryer. We didn’t want to lift her out with all that water in the bilge.
Once lifted we noticed that none of the seams has closed. NO WONDER. Now, we all know that cold water is no friend to swelling. But maybe is closed up a tad. The big question is…. Will she soak up in the warm waters of lake Dora? The plan right now is to drop her in the drink Wednesday afternoon and head to Paul and Karen Harrisons lift to give her a day of safe swelling for the show! Nothing ever goes wrong with them around? Right? Right? Or, just leave her and take another boat. I am not sure our nerves can take it!