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Engine is repaired

So the engine is finally repaired – they still have to connect the alarm for overheating but that’s it.  I’ve brought in another company to do a survey of the engine so we can have a full understanding of what state it’s in (probably pretty good), hopefully that will get done this week.  We’re going down on Saturday to take one more look at the boat and see the engine for ourselves and then this deal may finally be wrapped up.

In other news, apparently there is a saying in the cruising community:

  1. 10% of all the people who say they are going to buy a boat, do
  2. 10% of people who own a boat use it
  3. 10% of people who use a boat actually cruise
  4. 10% of people who cruise leave their country
  5. 10% of people who are cruising cross an ocean
  6. 10% of people who cross an ocean go around the world

I’m not sure what part of that we fall into yet.  Number 1 is about to happen.  Since we’re selling the house and moving aboard, we gotta do #2.  If we don’t do #3, I’m going to be very upset with myself – at least some Gulf and East Coast ICW stuff if not the Bahamas at some point.  If we hit the Bahamas, we do #4 too.

Number 5 is where it gets a little iffy.  I’ve crossed the Atlantic by boat before but doing it in a Navy amphibious assault group is not the same as a 43 foot sailboat.  But it would be cool to go back to Europe and hang for a while.  Transiting the Panama Canal would be interesting although once you’ve gotten through there you might as well head over to the South Pacific; you’re practically there.  After that, you’re doing a Forest Gump style around the world cruise I’m thinking:

And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.

We got that far, might as well keep on going.  I don’t know if we’d ever get that far though but it’s nice to have the option.


One Response to “Engine is repaired”

  1. Well, looks like things are moving right along. Glad for you, sad for me.

    Posted by Kay Wood | October 24, 2012, 12:58 PM

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