one thing that makes me cringe is heights.
or drive over the 200ft high Coronado Bridge...
This would be the first ride over a couple miles.
At least I'm smiling!
while he was having fun building hot rods in the heat.
Was it a reed valve getting sucked through,
or the lower unit grenading?
Maybe I ran over a tin can,
or possibly tools bumping around.
Whatever the case,
I kept it in the 2/3 cruising speed,
about 18-20 mph.
Not bad for the bottom end
of the horsepower rating for this hull.
comfortable when it was glassy
as well as the earlier wind and boat chop.
Tons of random boat action on the way back.
I was escorted around a Navy diving exercise,
some RIBs were running around without running lights,
and a couple booze cruisers and party boats just burning gas.
Even though our navigation lights work,
the bare legal minimum,
a couple spot lights would be helpful.
Both to be more visible,
as well as locating buoys and debris.
more of a shakedown than the shorter hauls.
The whaler was kissing the dock the entire time waiting for me.
The rope rub rail did it's job for sacrificial protection.
The 3M 5200 glue is strong,
but it didn't win the battle.
I sanded the paint down for better grip.
Screws may be needed if it happens more often.
I'll get a couple inflatable bumpers for sure.
The 10+/- mile ride back
from Coronado Cays to Shelter Island
used up almost the entire small fuel tank,
about 2 gallons.
the boat crapped out,
and wouldn't start.
a quick paddle.
The problem was the starter wouldn't even spin.
I hoped it wasn't the panel wiring.
At least the pop-out fuses did their job.
A quick tap with jumper cables would solve the problem,
than it would seize up.
The greasy middles of the two bolts
were a telltale sign the brushes would look the same.
justifying it's spot in the yard.
just a quick swap.
Even though the 4 hp kicker is ready to go,
I'll compile an emergency tool kit for sure.
Jumper cables would have got me home.
This story needed an update!
The problem wasn't the starter
It did fix the problem temporarily,
but after a few test starts,
back to the dreaded clicks.
I'll admit that part of the day
I considered swapping to the clean yamaha 90 hp.
But who would buy this 50 that won't start?
and was surprised to see this brush layout.
Way easier to clean and put together.
Why don't all starters and generators look like this?
I decided to change the solenoid,
since that was the clicking sound.
Also giving me the chance to clean underneath.
It gave me two starts,
Jake helped flick the console switch,
while I diagnosed back by the motor.
In two bumps,
he noticed an arc,
on of all things the battery ground.
If you look closely,
you'll see I had shined up the cable connection,
but somehow the main connection had glitched.
I did remove the ground when replacing the solenoid.
At least I fixed some possible future problems!