Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Back up and running.

Finally we have a sailboat with a motor again! After a few adjustments to keep the transmission from running into forward at 1200 rpm Emily and I as well as deb and Tim took the boat for a quick spin to test it out.  To say the least it feels like a new boat.  The engine runs much smoother through all rpms.  
IT IS GREAT TO BE BACK UP AND RUNNING! Now we can concentrate on projects we have been putting off.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Progress on the engine

Here are some pics of the repainted engine... Bob and Joel put it back in the boat last weekend. The goal this weekend is to get it running correctly.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Paint and light

Well I finally ordered a new led light for the head. It is a red and white Dr . Led light and it is awesome! I am also painting over some spots that have been sitting as bare epoxy for awhile. I also got the engine mounts painted up. We should be installing the engine next week! Woohoo! We also pulled my parents boat out for the winter. Only 90 days till next season! And so much to do!

Saturday, December 3, 2011


It speaks for itself

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Poem on Our Engagement: Joel and Emily, 11/11/11


by Stacy Mantle

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 
Last night, and thrice the week before –
I dreamt a dream I’ve dreamed before.
The ocean, vast and wondrous blue
I dreamt that I had sailed with you.

The whales called their mournful cries
As dolphins dived along the side
Of our ship – large, straight and true
The moon reflected over you…

"Come sail the world with me," you said.
"I’ll show you lands with cliffs of red,
the sea we’ll sail - so far away
Travelling, happy all our days.

"I’ll show you pyramids on high,
In Giza where the workers cried
Alexanders’ conquered worlds afar
The Sphinx that lies beneath the stars.

"We’ll see Colossus, tall and true .
The coliseum in Rome we’ll view –
We’ll climb the peaks of Kootenay
In Babylon, we’ll walk ‘mongst bouquets.

The mausoleum, the green Greek isles,
The Blackened Sea, we’ll sail awhile.
I’ll hold you in my arms so free
If only you will sail with me…"

He paused and waited for reply.
The moon reflecting in his eyes.
I watched, and thought of words to say,
And then they came, from far away…

"The pyramids on high, I’ve seen.
Fields of wheat, and yards of green.
The coliseum, the green Greek isles,
The blackened sea would not bring smiles.

"The sphinx, the deserts with kings of old.
They are spectacular, I’m told.
But, all those things are not for me.
I dream only of you and I sailing the sea..." 

We Sailed On With Happy Hearts

© Richard M. Deets
The Harbor wind's song played on in our hearts
As we bobbed in our baby dinghy in the blue bay,
All summer long we sailed on with happy hearts.

Sporadic clouds peeled shadows off dockhand carts:
We thrilled in trills of gulls and terns above the bay.
The harbor wind's song played on in our hearts.

We were skippers of our dinghy, sporting our parts.
Tack port! No, starboard! Buoy, port side bow! Oy vey!
All sea sun long we sailed on with happy hearts.

Cool breezes blew our dinghy to coves across the charts;
We sifted winded sails, sipped wine all winsome day.
The harbor wind's song played on in our hearts.

The sun tumbled: we tacked for clubs past marts
And feasted on mariners' tales of a bygone day.
All misted moon long we sailed on with happy hearts.

We reveled in rhythmic peals of mast slapping halyards
And lapping ripples mooring mirrored lights in the bay.
The harbor wind's song played on in our hearts;
All misted moon long we sailed on with happy hearts.

Copyright 2004-2008 by Richard M. Deets, author

Source: We Sailed On With Happy Hearts, Romantic Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/sailing-in-love#ixzz1dnToBjLq
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Thursday, October 20, 2011


Well as emily stated in the previous blog we have definitely both been pretty busy.  we are definitely moving forward though!  well, i think we are :)  a few weeks ago i noticed the engine, a Yanmar 2gm20  hard to start when me and my buddy mark went for a night sail.  i though the engine was just cold natured.  Well, the next day i was supposed to take my family out and maybe some friends from work.  I went to start the engine and she just wouldn't fire.  once i managed to get it running it seemed like i wasn't getting fuel to number 1 cylinder.  i thought it would be a simple fix so with the help of my dad we cleaned the injectors and put them back in.  We reinstalled them and the engine seemed to start alright but not perfect.  we took it for a test run and it ran great through some pretty rough water. 

The following weekend i tried starting the engine and nothing!  At this point I knew i was looking into something a bit more serious.  I rolled the yanmar over by hand and noticed i had very little compression in cylinder 1.  ok, not cool but chances are it can't be that bad, right?  The engine always ran fine when warmed up and revved up.  The yanmar also never blew any blue smoke.  i was thinking bent valve or spring or something along those lines.  a head rebuild should be a piece of cake!  well... so i thought. 

After removing the valve cover i noticed the exhaust valve quite tight.  thinking to myself," alright maybe it just needs a simple adjustment!"  so i thought.....  after loosening the valve i still had air blowing past the valve.  I went ahead and bit the bullet and pulled the head off the engine.  inspecting the cylinder head I noticed a crack on cylinder one side that ran through both intake and exhaust valve seats and also the precombustion chamber. Definitely wasn't wanting to see that.  the valves were also burned.  looking more closely, the water passages were clogged up from years in saltwater i suppose and who knows what else.  The engine is raw water cooled so everything sucked in goes through the engine.  The cylinder also got warm and warped the rings slightly.

So, we are doing a complete rebuild with one size over bore.  after measuring the bore we would be past our limits for original specs.  we will also have the block boiled to have it super clean and to check for any other problems.  every gasket will be replaced.  all bearings will be replaced.  I managed to find an awesome exhaust elbow in stainless.  and once everything is fixed, replaced, renewed and probably kicked a few times I will give it a nice caterpillar yellow paint job.  It is so much easier to see any oil drips and any other problems with the yellow color. 

Trying to order engine parts was a bear at first but i should have all parts in by tomorrow (fingers crossed)
Other than that, alot of progress has been made on the webasto forced air heater. I have also finished the bilge pump.  that should make us sleep better at night.  Alot of wiring has been done, and oh ya,  I took an angle grinder and sawsall to the fridge/peltier cooler/  piece of junk that hogged electricity and never anything very well.  that should be a good project in the near future. :)  oh ya,  we also re did part of the propane system, installed a solenoid, and got the stove and oven working finally. we also have a partially finished cedar closet.  things are looking up!  now we just have to put the engine back together and hope there aren't any leftover bolts or metal important looking things that i forget to put back on.  well, at least when the engine is running we will have onboard forced air heat!  we will need it by november! I need to definitely throw  thanks out to my dad, schmitty, ray and mark as well as everyone else who have helped me get the hunk of metal out of the boat. 

as always a few pictures to go with all the jabber. 

takin it easy,


Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Flashback Summer on "the Run "

I find it utterly amazing (and slightly terrifying) that there is some truth in a statement my father once made: "the first two decades of your life take forever... after that, it flies by before your eyes". I'm only 21 now, and Joel is 24, but to say life is moving fast these days is a HUGE understatement. Anyway, the point is, this summer went by a little too fast, and Joel and I were too busy sailing, working (on the boat and at our jobs), and having fun to write anything. (I never have been able to keep a diary for more than 3 consecutive days, so I'm going to blame it on Joel :)

So, following this are some pictures from this summer that include snapshots of our marina club's raft up, some great sailing days, and our fairly recent pig roast. These detail the good times about the summer. The bad part about the summer, is that at the very end of it, our engine had issues... issues bad enough that Bob and Joel (along with Ray and Marc, some good friends at the marina) had to pull it out of the boat last weekend :/ In essence, one of the cylinder heads had to be completely replaced, there is some slight wear on the inside of one of the cylinders, and the exhaust elbow needed to be replaced as well. The guys have spent the last several days taking it apart piece by piece and plan on boiling the block before putting it all back together. I'll try to get Joel on here to write up more about it, because I will admit I am completely ignorant in the ways of mechanics. Get me talking about literature and I'm so there, but I really have to nod my head a lot and smile when people are talking about machinery around me. More to come soon!... hopefully.

Friday, June 17, 2011

catching up on lost time

well as I sit in Florida again I am taking advantage of my free time to throw up some pictures of what exactly we have been doing lately. The head is finally hooked up and the deck hardware is starting to take shape. we just had a party at our yacht club where everyone who wants to participate opens their boat up for others to peek in. also you are supposed to offer food or tapas for the hungry spectators. My parents boat is right next to mine so we kinda had a joint food booth. The whole day was a success and we all had a good time. We even had 2 good sails! My cousin from Florida and his Aunt and Uncle visited. Also my buddy Garth and of course good ole Kacy didn't miss out on 2 good sails. Things are definitely coming together on the boat. Oh ya, Did i mention she sails Awesome! well enough talk here are some pictures and I am going to get some shut eye.