Today I got Sojourner, my new boat in the water. I paid the bill at the boat yard and prepared to get underway.
When the engine is started there is supposed to be a healthy stream of water coming out the exhaust. There was only a slight dribble. Thus began a long afternoon of working on the cooling system of the engine.
After changing the impeller which was starting to disintegrate, I moved on to check all the hoses for any blockages. Finally, as a last resort, I checked one last hose which resulted in water spewing out as it was supposed to do.
All this probably sounds like no big deal, but it involved a trip to town for the impeller and a few hours of labor to disconnect hoses and change the impeller. So the end result was that all is now good to go----in the morning.
By the time water came gushing out of the exhaust thru hull, it was nearly 8:30 PM. I was grimy and tired. The fellow at the boat yard had long since locked the gate. So I am opting to wait until morning to take the boat to the marina where she will be berthed.
I did have a lot of joy about getting the boat in the water. But my expectation that I would be able to get to the marina did not materialize. I am okay with learning more about the engine and in waiting until tomorrow to get underway. It was another good lesson in patience and reinforcing that life is a constant apprenticeship.
Tomorrow is another day and another chance. Now it's time for sleep.