Captain Adam has decided to take a remote job for Fenix Auto Parts starting January 3rd. We are still going to keep sailing but, we will now have 2 incomes. We are still waiting for Starlink 🛰to be available for marine applications Elon! ⛵
So, as the holiday🎄 season is here….time for another adventure. We decided to move to a marina in Key West because the northern winds were creating 4-5 seas in the mooring field. The marina is nice but, they keep extending our reservation instead of giving us a permanent spot. We have been on the waiting list since March and we were supposed to have been here last year in October before our famous engine failure and then Covid. Hopefully someone will give us the thumbs up soon. Captain Adam won’t rest until this is resolved. 😑
And, to the Canadian 🇨🇦 boaters…GO HOME! You’re filling up all of our marinas, hotels, and anchorages. The locals have no place to visit. Take a hike, eh! (Joke to our friends across the boarder).
Seriously, there is a wave of foreign boaters in South Florida at the moment, and the marinas are booked until March. It does make it difficult for the locals to travel. Plus it doesn’t help with the pandemic situation. Please think before you travel. Wear a mask, think about the people around you. 😷
Anyways, the reason for going to the marina was clear. Our Williams Jet Dinghy had a driveshaft failure. We either caught a plastic bag or stick and it shredded all of the teeth off the driveshaft. Captain Adam did a lot of research to figure out that Williams used a Sea-doo jet pump, stator, and Solas impeller. 🚤
We sourced the parts from various vendors online because the dealer had given us a really high quote. As you can imagine, it was thousands of dollars. We were able to buy everything for less than $750! The new pump housing is made of ABS plastic and we coated all of the parts with Prop Glide and Trilux antifouling paint. As you can see by the photos, he did an awesome job as usual! 🆒️
Yellow Prop Glide and ceramic coating was applied to all of the parts! We also changed the pitch of the impeller from 15/20 to 14/24, so we can get on plane sooner and have more top speed. This will also help maneuver at slow speeds. 🚤💨
Irony…..the boat that we passed on due to rust issues was here in Key West a few weeks ago! The new owner is a metal worker and must have done a lot of welding! We were happy to see it floating by us! (Pictured in last photo of above set). Some photos to hold the photo bugs and comic book people over! 📸
Lastly, against our better judgement….We purchased a Geo Tracker to bounce around the island in. We plan on spending more time in the Keys before traveling anywhere else. Covid is going to be a problem for a while, and we decided to be smart and hangout for a while. 😷
Enjoy your holidays! 🎄
Call a cab or a ride sharing service if you can’t walk home! Just be safe and look out for the other guys! Take a minute to think about someone else.
“It is the season of goodwill to men, even if you hate them”.