The whining is over

As I mentioned in a previous post, we’ve had a horrible whine in the port shaft ever since Seaview West put the new shaft in. The whine starts about 1000 rpm, gets louder through our cruising speed of 1650 rpm, and disappears about 1900 rpm. At normal cruise the whine was so loud, we had to close the aft stateroom doors. There is nothing wrong with the work Seaview did, so the propeller is the likely suspect.

Saturday, we motored over to Seaview West to haul the boat and work on the prop. It was a beautiful day for boating. A bit breezy, but beautiful.

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Back from the boat yard

We are finally back from the boat yard. Well …. at the time of this writing, we are on the boat in the San Juan islands. But we can all pretend that we just got back from the yard. It all happened pretty fast.

I left the marina in the dinghy Saturday morning at 5:55. The weather was good and the water was flat and calm. I zoomed over to Shilshole in about 45 minutes. The boat was in the water waiting and the bill was paid (ouch!). I hopped on, hoisted the dinghy, and headed for Poulsbo.

The dinghy sat in salt water for a month. We hadn’t really planned on that. The bottom was pretty grungy. It is amazing how fast sea creatures latch on and start growing.

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No joy this weekend

We did not get the boat back this weekend. I’ll admit I didn’t think this trip to the yard would end up taking a month. We’ve got to get it back next Saturday. We are planning to head north to the San Juan Islands Sunday morning. The Grand Banks Rendezvous starts Thursday at Roche Harbor.

I couldn’t work on the boat so we went kayaking. And fine kayaking weather it was indeed.

mv Archimedes kayaking Liberty Bay 2

I could sit and watch the world go by for hours on a beautiful Sunday morning like this.

mv Archimedes kayaking Liberty Bay 1

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Boat Yard Update

It’s been a week since we hauled out at Seaview West. The boat is on stands, the port prop shaft is “in the shop”. The bottom is painted and looking great. New house and start batteries are on the way.

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Spring Haul Out

I got an early start Friday morning. Left the dock at 6:00AM headed over to Seaview West at Shilshole. It’s time to haul out, clean and paint the bottom, check the zincs, and take care of a few other little odds and ends.

It was a fantastic morning for boating. Here is a photo coming out of Agate Passage.

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