In preparation for having the engine pulled, we began draining all its liquids (oil, fuel, antifreeze) and disconnecting the many wires and hoses connecting it to the boat. To prevent any possibility of leaks, Dave connected the fuel line to its return. We also had a diver come to clean the prop and change the zinc while the drive shaft was still attached to the engine. With the cooling temperatures, the growth will slow dramatically over the winter, ensuring she sits well in the slip until Spring. Finally, we pulled out all of the engine spare parts and inventoried them, putting the best ones in a bag for the mechanic to use in the re-build, hopefully saving us some money in the process.
In the interest of de-cluttering Orion, we listed a number of items for sale on Craigslist, in the hopes of piquing the interest of the Caribbean 1500 boaters who are slowly starting to arrive in Hampton. (Or maybe you’re interested?) You can check them out below.
On our way to the Hampton Fire Department’s Chili Cook-off fundraiser one Saturday afternoon, we passed over the nearby Settler’s Landing Bridge, seeing a sailboat “anchored” unnaturally close to the bridge. We were pretty sure this was the same sailboat that had earlier been anchored about a half-mile further south. With no dinghies visible on shore at the Public Piers, it was unclear who had left the boat, but it was pretty obvious that it had dragged. By the time we returned from the festival, the sailboat was amazingly even closer to the bridge, spanning the channel between the red and green mark that guided vessels through the bridge. As we boarded Orion, it became obvious that when the current changed in a couple of hours, this boat would be drifting back on top of us.
Our plans are firming up for our travel to Orion Jr. We will likely head out November 6th. In the meantime, if you’re passing through before then, let us know. We’d love to see you.