This weekend here on the Northern Neck of Virginia was just about as perfect boating weather as can be. Cool breeze, flat water, and choppy water, all of it for some variety of boating. We went out on Sweet Pea for hours. Just going, stopping and floating, and going. We had some friends come and I was the captain of Sweet Pea and keeping her going.
We enjoyed a nice dinner at The Crazy Crab. The docks were loaded up with boats so I had to back up into a slip. YEEEEEIKES! I have not mastered the back up yet on Sweet Pea.
On Sunday an even more perfect day
A turn of the key and CRICKETS! DEAD! DEAD DEAD! No nothing. The good news, this is par for the course in the world of Woody Boating, and in an odd way, a fun challenge. After some little work, I diagnosed it as a Neutral Safety Switch. But? Now what? Has it failed? Where is it? The crew was looking to me and my manhood. Will I save the day?
And then those words I have heard over and over again. CALL JIMMY! And in seconds, okay minutes Jimmy was there. Turns out Jimmy had been out all day as well and just so happened to be close.
We had a short discussion of what I thought. And Jimmy went into the engine bay and VROOM! A simple hot wire thing and she started. UGH. That was way to easy. Jimmy now the hero, me the Zero.
Of course when I got home to the dock, I went through it all. Took apart parts and found the neutral safety switch near the starter. Cleaned it up, and fixed! Started right away. Corrosive wire issues! Simple fix. After being fixed!