TAJ remains in the marina slip awaiting our window for casting lines. Still have a few tasks to complete, some of which are direct engine related issues.
The Ford Lehman 120 Diesel engine runs very well, however, I know I need to (at the very least) clean the raw water intake filters, check oil once again, and possibly change fuel filters.
The only other (not exactly necessary) item I am waiting for is the outboard motor for the dinghy which we have identified and claimed as our own.
Tuesday I should have the outboard motor arriving. That gives me a couple more days to complete the preventive maintenance and pre checks on the engine and other systems, and remedy problems if necessary.
Lisa and I are ‘chomping at the bit’ to get her out in some deeper water and put the wind in our face.
Patience is what I keep telling myself to overcome any apprehension in my ‘seamanship’ and abilities to Captain this 36’ boat with a displacement of around 18,000 pounds.
I am sure that it will all be fine once I get her out of the slip and begin to get a ‘feel’ of her. I have to learn how she speaks and what she needs. She is already talking to me. She was very talkative the day we shook hands with the previous owner.