Life Between the Outriggers

Now that we own a powerboat, in addition to the sailboats, we have changed our tagline to “Life Between the Sheets & Outriggers” since it’s a sportfish type boat. The intention is to live aboard it while we do the necessary repairs to get her sea worthy. I also want to learn the art of saltwater fishing and she is a great platform for that in the Keys. Her name is “Renegade Mermaid” and she is a 1974 Trojan 32 Express with twin 454 Crusader engines. That’s 700 HP and about 1 mile to the gallon at 35 knots. I spent more money on fuel moving her from Beaufort to New Bern than I did the entire season in the sailboats at East Carolina Sailing. Eventually she will be put into service through our non-profit Community Maritime Center to provide fishing experiences and power boat courses to Wounded Warriors, persons with disabilities, and the “less fortunate”. More about that in another post later…

There are numerous projects to be done, the first of which is to replace the exhaust elbows on both engines. The port engine was blowing bubbles through a crack on one of the elbows and pumping coolant out of the exhaust, not good. The green arrow shows the flow of coolant, the purple arrow shows the flow of raw water coming from the heat exchanger, (which does the same job as the radiator in your car). The orange line shows a stainless steel plate that separates the closed water system from the raw water system. I’m hoping that this is where the coolant is getting into the exhaust since there is no water in the oil. The black circle is where it is blowing bubbles.

I’m not going to go into all the details here about closed water and raw water systems but I will have a course module up soon on Community Maritime Center explaining exactly what they are as part of my online courses. I’m taking a whole different approach to doing what I do but that’s another post as well.

What all this means is that the boat isn’t ready to go south and that we are going to freeze our arses off here in New Bern this winter. Not that that is a bad thing, just not what I had planned. We will be headed to the Keys to do business and secure a home base, but by car and not boat(s). It also means that I have time to get things set up and running here in New Bern at East Carolina Sailing and Coastal Carolina Community Maritime Center. Look for the “Once in a Blue Moon Sail Sale” starting January 1st at East Carolina Sailing, our 11th year of Teaching the Art of Sail. Conch Republic Sailing and Conch Republic Community Maritime Center are slowly moving ahead but Irma slowed us down a bit, probably a good thing because it gives me time to finish up other projects.

Hoping that 2018 brings you and yours peace, prosperity, health and happiness. Happy New Year!!



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