Saturday, February 11, 2017

It's February! Rudder Fix Part 1

Back in 2014 we did a major repair to the stern tube. At that time I knew our rudder stuffing box would need some work in the future. I should have just fixed it then but we wanted to get in the water so I put it off. Well now is the time we need to fix this issue. All 4 of the bolt heads are gone so I'm a little concerned. The way everything goes together it probably wouldn't be an issue but for peace of mind we decided to fix it this year.

Here are some photos of the project. Stay tuned!

Coming About by Gary Patterson

I was given this framed cartoon when I was a little boy and I have experienced many of the 'incidents' depicted in this cartoon. My boat had a major leak during my first summer! I've been hit by the boom... several times! I had a book titled "Learn to Sail"... and I'm still learning! No mice on board... yet! And I don't think we have submarines in Cheney Reservior.

Check out cartoonist Gary Patterson's website. He has a lot of fun cartoons coverting all sorts antics from our daily lives!

"Is it so nice as all that?" asked the mole, shyly...

"Nice? It's the only thing," said the Water Rat Solemnly, as he leaned forward for his stroke. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

"Simply messing...about in boats -- or with boats... In or out of 'em it doesn't matter. Nothing seems to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."

"Look here! If you've really nothing else on hand this morning, supposing we drop down the river together and have a long day of it.?"

---The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame