My former life, "diesel mechanic"
So recently, I have been getting emails, texts, and other modern day digital marvels of communication saying things like, "hey, what have you been up to?" and "Haven't heard from you in a while?" Or my latest favorite, "what's up with your BLOG? I haven't had anything to look at while I am at work?
Well, the pic above says it all!
I posted my 1st tuna shot of the year back in June and since then, life has been a blur and not in a good way...
Shortly thereafter outdrive issues forced some major thinking and thanks to my partner, Larry K, we made a decision that took the boat out of the water for much of the summer, but leaves us with a 100% reliable solution going forward. It's been a rough summer to say the least and with fall/winter closing in, I have taken every chance that I have to get the boat out on the Pacific for the last few weeks. So here are a few picks of the project and the amount of time and money placed into it are astronomical.
With Problematic Outdrives Removed
Holes being Fiberglassed in Courtesy of Glass Wizard, Gary Salmi
Aluminum Off-shore Bracket Installed and Desgined by J&H Boatworks...Astoria, OR...Installed and prepped for painting and motor install
Bracket painted & engine holes drilled
Helm being reworked and fitted with Suzuki Gauges and Triple Engine Binnacle
Triple Engine Binnacle and Suzuki Push Button Start Installation
USCG-approved Fuel Lines and Separate Racor Installed for each motor
New Battery Bank Installed...Again one for each motor and separate from the 2 "House" banks
And finally in the end, Boat in the water...
Pic taken from the bridge of Mike Colbach's 47' Viking, "Shake N Bake", outside of Baker Bay, WA