Wednesday, May 22, 2013

BOAT in the Virgin Islands Equals Bring On Another Tree Thousand!

My father was here visiting recently and after a day of fishing, what better way than to spend the day on Jost Van Dyke at the Soggy Dollar Bar?

My starboard motor had been making some vibration in the lower unit, but was still running fine.  I called the Suzuki dealer here, but he was off island for the week. I can't let poor old Pops down, so with the seas as flat as glass, we decided we would take our chances.

Right before we got to customs at Jost, that vibration got worse, time to go on one motor and pull the sick one out. We are still going to go to Soggy Dollar, since it was so calm, we just knew it would be a slow ride back.

We had a great day!

On the way back right before Congo Cay, we had the Coast Guard pull up next to us. They asked if we needed any help, and just let them know that our lower unit was broke. They said if you need us, call us on channel 16. We made it back in about an hour, going 7 knots on one motor.

(Adios to Jost)

A few days later, the dealer took the boat out and brought it to his shop. He told me, "good news, the lower unit doesn't need replacing, just the pinon/shifter."  I had him also do the 100 hour service as well.

He called me two days later to give me the great news!  Only $2950 for the work and parts! So yes only TREE TOWSAND. Ah the joys of owning a boat.

The actual good news here is that our boat is back in the water, good thing too, as our pool turned green and subsequently, the pump motor passed away!

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