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Old 09-11-2014, 06:38 PM   #1
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Ladies and Gentlemen:

Bought a 45' Little Hoquiam trawler on Thursday. Drove it from North Vancouver to Sechelt Inlet on Friday and Saturday. Took wife and kids out on Sunday; autopilot quit. Monday, the genset refused to start and no shore power (yet) where I moor the thing. Yesterday I started her up when friends came to visit and see what I'd spent all the money on. Kill switch went all pacifist on me so it took a while to find the linkage on the engine that shuts off the diesel flow.

Does everybody go through this crap or is it just me? I'm beginning to think being a mechanical engineer isn't just an advantage but a necessity. Possibly as well being a diesel mechanic, electrician, plumber, contortionist (you should see the engine room) and OCD detailer.

I'll have lots of questions!


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Old 09-11-2014, 06:44 PM   #2
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Old 09-11-2014, 06:50 PM   #3
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Welcome. It has been said that the definition of cruising is fixing your boat in exotic places. I might add that the places can be also not so exotic.

That was an unusual set of circumstances that befell you, but not unheard of. I am assuming that you had a good hull and engine survey before closing the deal. If not, you are doing it now.

I hope things go better for you, and you and the family enjoy that boat. You have a wonderful cruising area.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:44 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard. It sounds like you have a head start on the learning curve from most of us. The short answer is yes.
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:46 PM   #5
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Welcome to the wonderful world of "Boating"!
Thanks, Oliver
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:31 PM   #6
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Pretty standard Richard. Welcome to our world.

BTW, you can always tell a boater...

If you ask a guy to help fix an electrical outlet in your home, and he takes the couch apart that's in front of the outlet, instead of moving it, well...

He's a boater.
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:11 AM   #7
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Welcome aboard

Friend of mine triumphantly brought his new sailboat into the marina here in Kitimat after a blemish free trip from Vancouver. His whole extended family was there on the dock to greet him. He planned to give it a pulse in reverse to stop the boat and elegantly prop walk into the dock...but...he couldn't shift out of forward. Rammed the dock and scattered the relatives. You're off to a pretty good start, comparatively speaking
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:36 AM   #8
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Welcome aboard. She looks a nice 1974 boat.
Sounds fairly normal, for the early days & months of ownership, while you sort out the issues someone else put on hold.

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