It’s coming together now

It has been a while since I have updated the blog. I’ve been working on the boat here and there. It is definitely time for an update.

I put in the dash. It looks great.

The helm
The helm
The driving spot
The driving spot

I have found a few neat things on the internets recently. I discovered that the throttle that I repaired did not lock out when in neutral. That’s is a safety concern, and I was very excited when I found a new throttle on eBay. They don’t make this model any longer (a Morse MV-2), so finding a new one is rare. “New Old Stock” as they call it. With some savvy bidding, I won it. I’ll get it installed soon.

My brand-new throttle
My brand-new throttle

My son David was home for his spring break from college. We had a GREAT time with him while he was here. The highlight of the week may have been that we attended our first Sounders game of the season together. We played Portland – and they played us to a tie. That was a bummer, but it is it early in the season and the Sounders always seem to take a while to hit their stride.

While David was here he helped me put the through-port in for the rudder. Erik had helped me remove the through-port last summer. Now it is all hooked up and tonight I put in the rudder. It works really smooth and solid. Thank you David and Erik!

Rudder hooked up
Rudder hooked up

Now that the rudder is installed I’m ready to hook up the exhaust system from the engine and once that is complete it is time to put in the fuel tank. Things could go quickly from this point.

One other internets find to close this blog post. This one came via Craigslist. This is an Acme 422 propeller. It is the exact model I wanted to buy and I got it for a good deal. The seller lived in Portland, so I had my friend Darren buy it for me. After Darren got it he sent me this picture:

Ransom note photo
Ransom note photo

I laughed a lot. It looks like a ransom photo – “Send me the money or the prop looses a blade.” Darren is a great friend and he actually polished the prop. It looked as good as new when I got it (my brother Dan was driving through Portland and brought it up north for me).

All shiny and new
All shiny and new
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