Well hopefully after all the issues from the day before today may bring some good news on the boat. Bill Gates, the adjuster from the insurance company, showed up about 10:30 in the morning after the boat was hoisted out of the water and agreed the lower unit needed to be replaced along with the propeller. The bottom needed to be epoxy’d for now until I get home when the boat is completely dry. The only problem was the paperwork wouldn’t go through until sometime next week so I had to foot the whole bill on my credit card—ouch!
It was getting close to 5:00 PM and finally she was ready to be dropped back into the water for a test run. We fired her up with no problem and took her for a spin around the cove to the front side of the marina. There was no problem and the vibration definitely was gone from the old lower unit. We pulled her in and filled up the tank and made all the necessary checks for an evening run, roughly about 12 miles to lock #8. I think this was good enough miles to check her out just in case something wasn’t working right we could call the shop.
The run was perfect and there were no problems with the engine—purred at 4,000 RPM (21.4 knots). The only problem was I was gun shy every time I saw a trickle in the water thinking it was a log or rock. It’s like the first week after getting into a car accident every time you hear tires skidding and jumping. Well that’s the same feeling I had during the run and I’m sure it will be this way for at least a couple of days if not longer.