They say when you write you should tap into your true feelings at this moment. Well…. I have learned to be patient, or become a patient. And when it comes to boats, its all fun. The second I start being mad, its time to walk away. I am getting close. Which is why I suppose the boat gods say its time and lets all eat Pumpkin spiced crap. Ugh. Well, I aint ready, and I don’t hear any fat lady’s sing.
But. I swear to the boat god above. Stinky, after finally having her engine issues a month ago, she has a very sweet used Pre war same year H in her. This one runs like a champ, thanks to Dave VanNess.
But we had a couple little hick ups. My manifold wouldn’t fit. The early H manifold is different than a later one. Slightly, so Dave had one and we put it on. LOT’s and LOT’s of help over the phone and from Jimmy of course.
So we got her running yesterday. Oh we could smell that flat water ready to go.
So I drove down to the ramp, lowered her in, went to start. Dead battery. WTF! So back to the house and switch batteries. Its nice to have several boats. Dead battery. What the hell is going on. I buy all new batteries each year. But all the cranking and messing with the engines over the summer. DEAD. And it was around 5, so guess what? It’s Sunday now. Who in the hell has a marine battery on a Sunday? And yes I charged the battery over night. But? So like some sort of Missed love British love story, I am always one small detail away from going out and seeing if the new well running engine will perform better than the old tired H. I know she will, but for gods sake let me try.
So, I say, F this, I am going on a boat ride, on a boat that runs. WECATCHEM, half way out on the flat perfect water. WATER! What the hell, water in the bilge? Lots of looking around, while the entire family is just riding along. Its always a confidence builder in a boat when Dad is fishing around the bilge and saying things like. Run the Bilge… again… again.. And slow down, speed up.. All my nerves are kicking in. I am wondering whats going on. Now I have a 5200 bottom and its perfect. So.. Yes, Stuffing Box. Like the battery thing. An annoying little detail that can cause time. And so we limped home.
So what does this have to do with the Reedville Show next Saturday? Its a show and a deadline. I am bringing all three boats to the show. Hell or High water or trailer! Then off to Port Huron. We hope if you are in the Mid Atlantic area, to motor on down to Reedville, on the Mouth of the Potomac and Chesapeake bay! Its a fun small show. Last year around 50 boats.
Looking for a place to stay in Reedville?
The waters around this area are amazing and this is the time of year to enjoy them… Oh wait. I will be in the barn starring at a dead battery today.. UGH! Maybe a scoop of Strawberry Ice Cream will wash all the hell away!