Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Basically, no way.
So a new Yahama 5 horsepower engine will be the power plant for Scarlette.
I'll shoot a picture of it then add it to an edited version of this page later.
A Japanese holiday prevented me from doing any work or preparations for Saturday's launch at high tide.
Kai will be with me for the launch if all goes as planned.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Basically the conversation starts out like this...
"uuhh...boat....uhh...engine...uhh...can I draw you a picture."
It took me three hours to find the Yamaha Marine engine shop in Naha. Then it took another call to my wife to translate what I needed once there.
Ahhh. The boating life.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Mark normally works on power boat engine but said he'd give this outboard a look either way.
We pulled the propeller out of the shaft and one of the fins on the spinning wheel that helps suck the water in was broken. Mark said the shaft was also not spinning as good. As we poked and prodded the drive shaft, Mark got to the point where he thought he'd do more harm than good and recommended that I take the engine to a dealer to get it looked at by someone who normally does outboard engines.
Drove around Naha for about two hours and still couldn't find the place.
Was able to replace the bilge pump after several hours of electrical wire trouble shooting. It's looking more and more like, I'm going to have to rewire the innards of Scarlette because of a failed switch. More on that later.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Was also able to get a hold of Mark to see if he can take a look at the engine. Icky was too busy with a bigger repair. Mark said he'd take a look if he was feeling better.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Finished painting on the boat's name on the port side. Below is a picture of how the job progressed.
I used a stencil and then I a painted over the whole logo to fill in the stencil slots and to make the whole thing look more uniform. It's not the best paintjob in the world. Paint kept drying out on me before I could get it from the can to the boat.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I did find the Jib sail. It's the right size so now I've got an extra sail for "really windy conditions?"