The distribution list seems to be growing. If anybody wants off please let me know, and likewise, remind me if I'm missing anybody who might be interested. I don't have an email address for either Tobin or Adam -- Laura?
I'm sitting here on the dock at Sarnia YC for the second night (July 11). Further progress up the river was slow and pretty uneventful, except for the powerboat that sunk off my bow while I was sleeping at anchor. (see photo)
Phil asked me to be sure to send some pictures to prove we actually went
somewhere, so I have attached one of us storming the gates of Mordor
in the dark of an evil night. Actually, I think it was lock 7 at about
, but peotic license... I also attach a shot of the huge
dragonfly we found in the cockpit, and one of Laura with the roses at
the Pelee Island Winery. And one more to prove that the boat was heeling
over a bit while we sailed down
stopping briefly for internet and lunch.
cabbed it back so that we could do provisioning on the way. All we need
to do now is top off the fuel supply and head out in the morning.
(Although you probably won't see this until much later.)
The fridge is cooling things and not eating up too much power doing so,
and I like that. The engine is behaving better since I sprayed the HT
lines and connections.
will have to try that out on the DRS, or maybe even on a real chute if
we feel ambitious... ;-)
It's now Tuesday the 12th. We had planned to leave this morning, but the engine reminded me again that I really should pay some attention to it. It has been hard starting and stumbling until things warm up, and I had eliminated all the other issues besides ignition power. So instead of sailing away, I went looking for Atomic 4 parts, in
Fortunately I had a good idea where I might get a start, having already determined that the people at
Anyhow, I replaced points (definitely needed it), condensor, rotor, coil, plugs, plug wires (also required based on back substitution), and the engine roared into life with enormous enthusiasm. Parts cost about $125, Value of still good spares about $60, Feeling of accomplishment in mastering the problem: Priceless.
Last night we christened the BBQ with some butterfly pork chops and some very ripe tomatoes we have had with us since
Still having a lovely time! More later in the trip,
Rick / Dad