I really really really don't like to drive
over the Coronado Bridge.
I'd just rather not.
Maybe it's the big van,
which is taller than the concrete rail system,
the only barrier to a 200 foot drop.
when there's no traffic.
The 2+ mile stretch will go by quick.
it's worse than any rollercoaster ride.
the bridge had a plethora of red lights.
I realized these were brake lights,
spanning the entire length.
I was happy to circle back south to IB.
No way was I gonna be stuck,
not moving on that friggin bridge.
the fear of bridges?
Or is this acrophobia,
the fear of heights?
Or just the fear of falling - FOF?
it was tested daily cause of this project.
I'd overthink it.
On the drive I'd see the bridge exit,
and 50/50 decide to go the land route,
adding 20 safe minutes to the mission.
but we had the perfect alternate.
What could be better,
than a 25+ minute boat ride!
No problem coming home at night,
and trailering in the dark.
after this nasty mess of a fixit.
about 3400 rpm,
both ways sucking down 4 gallons.
but the fuel would disappear.
Online people are infatuated with WOT,
or wide open throttle.
The Yamaha 90 wot is about 5800 rpm,
and it sounds like a sure way to kill a motor.
the engine only revs to about 4500,
depending on the load.
After that it's screaming at those high rpm's.
slow boater who doesn't like bridges.
The owner (Aj) lbought a Volvo diesel
and it was too big for the spot.
if you don't mind crouching for hours,
into something resembling a toilet stall.
Cutting and grinding away...
using this boom and hoist method.
The big plug I made was precise,
but it was worth it to make sure.
Sometimes there is no replacement for
even in this computer generated world.
Now we had a perfect fit.
although it wasn't easy.
The battle was routing the exhaust and cooling,
hindered by limited space and existing
Since sailboats run on an angle,
heeled over from the wind,
there are many specifics to keep water
outside of the engines insides.
and a ton of online studying,
we found the original installation
had numerous faults.
Most likely the reason the boat hadn't ran
in almost 30 years.
and watching the transmission shift into gear.
The owner had been fighting this for 6 months!
naturally modifications are needed.
Every day was not a SoCal winter!