Sunday, February 10, 2008

Bad Timing

Looking at a very busy day coming up on Monday - haul out, pick up new dingy and motor, about a mile dingy ride, and need to run to Time Out Marina, about a mile and a half dingy ride, on the french side to pick up the bottom paint - and the currrent outboard is totally DEAD. No start today at all! I'm going to have to lean on friends for dingy rides etc. for a day or two while we sort this all out. Remember, this is the outboard with the brand new carburetor! To any of you considering a Nisson 4 stroke...I wouldn't! I have a line on a warranty dingy and new 15 horse two-stroke. This dingy is a 9 foot fiberglass bottom that was returned under warranty due to some blisters on the hull. So, I can get it for maybe $900 instead of $2900 for a brand new one. I can grind out the blisters while we're on the hard.

So, confused and busy 24-48 hours coming up for us....

Stay TUNED!

On a completely different tack...I thought I'd talk about our navigation. We have a gps at the helm with lots of information and down below we have paper charts. The morning of a departure we go over the charts and write our 'sailing directions' on a yellow sticky. Also we enter waypoints into the gps. The sailing directions are things like..."Sail from wp 3 until latitude is 18.5...then sail due east. Stuff like that. Works for us and cheaper than a chartplotter! The SSB down below also shows our lat long while we are underway so whoever is not at the helm can chart our position on the paper chart.

2 comments:

LeahC said...

and it's fun to watch your progress on the paper charts instead of on a computerized one. This coming from the GadgetGirl herself.

brian said...

Scott - My worhsip of you grows more profound. you are prominently fetured in this moth's "SAILING" magazine. The nautical library has a very nice review of your book. Heck, after a review that good I might just have to read the book.