Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Patience




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.

14 comments:

  1. "life is a constant apprenticeship"

    Well put.

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  2. i hope your new day is fruitful..at least she is kissing water...

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  3. and thusly you are now a new boat owner, a used boat owner, and thankfully retired so you can take the time to do what needs to be done to make her sound. I gleefully await the posts about new adventures on the new boat.

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  4. Must be rewarding to see the results of you work on the boat. One hose at a time

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  5. Cool that the opportunities come to practice skills. :) Cool too to have that apprenticeship mentality! :)

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  6. So you got the blow hole fixed then right? Didn't you fire this bad boy up before you dropped your signature on the line?

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  7. Bon Voyage Syd - I am sure that your journey to the marina will be all the sweeter for the waiting. Good luck and God speed to Sojourner for your future adventures with her and may you spend many happy times together.

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  8. Enjoy the boat, Syd. I know you will.

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  9. Enjoy the water! I miss my boat:(

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  10. Whoever said patience is a virtue never owned a boat, raised kids or tried to catch a chicken. :-D Happy Sailing, eventually.

    ♥namaste♥

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  11. A Jewish proverb: "Man plans, God laughs."
    Good luck with your boat, Syd.

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  12. life is a constant apprenticeship.

    love it :)
    yes it is..

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  13. A boat is a hole in the water....
    You know what I'm talking about. And yet, we must have them to ride on the water in.
    Mr. Moon and I passed a sailboat on the Sebastian River today at its mooring. The name of the boat was "Patience Green." I thought of you, Syd. I did.

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  14. Not bad for the first time in the water. You will be having fun getting to know your new boat.

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