Well, we’d hoped beyond hope to either have a new part today, or have the old one fixed/welded/repaired.
Nothing of the sort happened.
They have to find a welder. Because the part isn’t available “anywhere”. I might have been able to find one myself, but don’t have all the resources to hunt for it, and honestly, I’m just not an engine guy. And getting it right the first time wouldn’t have happened either.
Jason called and said the welder could get the part done tomorrow probably, but the gaskets we need to seal up the manifold will not be here until Monday. So, we’re going to be here until Wednesday now it seems. JoAnne suggested we could rent a car and explore, so I arranged for that as well.
I’ve got some chores to do on the boat, deal with batteries, the composting toilet and maybe get some other little things done I’ve put off. The varnish is already suffering after less than six months. Actually, three months. Not sure I honestly want to deal with varnish, but it looks so nice.
I’ve been looking over our trip and we’re probably going to do three outside jumps. Short ones, to take us to Charleston. None of them will be over about 35 nm in any given day, and working out some anchorages to stop in for the night. After Charleston, it looks like we will make one large overnight to Florida to skip over most of South Carolina and all of Georgia. Might be a full 24 hours. I haven’t calculated that far ahead though. My brain is already fried from dealing with the engine.
Won’t be going anywhere until at least Tuesday for sure… and then we have to see what the weather is bringing then anyway. I can get a 10 day out forecast, but they are rarely what is predicted 10 days away. So, I’ll deal with it a bit closer.