Monday, July 28, 2008

The Letdown

Yesterday had been planned all week. We were going to spend all day on the lake. No more working on the house. No more cleaning. No more staging. No more yard work.

We get all suited up. Picnic in hand. Towels at the ready.

Off we go.

Except the boat seems sluggish. The blower has stopped working. The mph isn't working either.

We head back to the dock as soon as we get past the no wake zone.

My girl takes the cover off of the motor and it's full of water. FULL OF WATER. All around the motor. Everywhere. Pumping begins.

So much for the day with no stress or work.

We get it pumped out...but water keeps coming in. There's a leak around the motor. Drizzling in.

Today, she'll be trying to find someone to help her get it repaired. We know no one in Nashville that works on boats...so if you know someone...holler!

Here's hoping it isn't at the bottom of the lake this mornin'!

***UPDATE***
My favorite neighbor, the one that I gave my extra washing machine to when my girl moved in, just came through for us. He's going to get a friend's trailer, swap his boat for ours at the dock, pull ours out and fix it for us. I big, red, puffy heart him!

Sometimes, the Universe pays you back for doing good. I think Dana should keep the money! It's payback for all of that extra change she leaves at the vending machines.

23 comments:

gary rith said...

dang, but boats are supposed to be fun!

Dana said...

What's that saying? A boat is a hole in the water that one continues to fill with money? Let's hope that isn't the case here and y'all are able to find a competent, thrifty fix!

"that girl" said...

eeewww that is no fun but at least you weren't in the middle of the lake when it happened.

had sort of the same thing happen on a friends boat and the 8 of us spent all day floating dead in the water ... and a boat tow is outrageous!

hope all is well with the boat, fingers crossed

Micky-T said...

If it's an inboard-outboard it could be the boot [rubber gasket] where the motor goes thru the transome. Or it could be a bad hose or clamp on the bilge pump or engine intake.
Good luck!

Jay said...

That sucks. I remember when I was a kid we would go up to the lake to go fishing and dad's boat wouldn't start about half the time. He wasn't much into preventive maintenance.

Around here there are engine repair places all around the lake. Do the people who own the dock do engine work? They might be able to recommend someone at least.

Dragonfly Dreaming said...

Talk about pouring your money down the drain. Here's to you and yours and that boat getting fixed ASAP so you can romp happily again on and under the deck. :)

Biscuit said...

I'm sticking out my pouty lip for you in commiseration. That IS a letdown!

Fortune Cookies said...

yikes! that sucks! I don't know of any boat repair guys, but if I hear of any, I'll let yah know. That's a sweet ass cabin you got yourselves, there! When's the BBQ? ;)

ambergail77 said...

I don't know any boat repair people, sorry, we don't have a boat despite my husband's greatest attempts to get one. He would prefer a bass boat, I would prefer a pontoon. Until he can see it my way-no boat here. I hope that it is something simple and inexpensive so that you can get out and play pirate and wench next weekend.

Karen said...

It may be too late now, but you can keep the bilge pump on all night to make sure it doesn't sink.

Is it an IO engine? Sometimes that seal around the outer park needs to be re-corked.

Spiky Zora Jones said...

Oh sweetie...I'm sorry to hear the boat is taking in water.

I saw some stuff on television that was a puddy that could stop a leak nlike that, worked instantly. Amazing stuff. Sorry can't remember the name.

Good luck with the boat babes.

Ciao honey.

Dianne said...

Cool that your neighbor came through for you!

Gramma Jo said...

I just finished reading all of your posts and the one about Gary and Milo made me cry. That was awesome and I think you must be too!

Lauren said...

Karma, paying it forward...whatever ya wanna call it...

It can be a good thing. Glad things got worked out!!

Cap'n Ergo Jinglebollocks said...

don't forget the old saying, "the happiest days of a boat-owners life are they day they BUY it and then the day they SELL it."

Now you know why.

Micky-T said...

Good! I would hate to think of your boat under the dock!

Lu' said...

It is the do unto others; right on. Yeah me thinks you deserve good things to come to you.

Matt-Man said...

That's nice. If only more people went out of their way for thers like that. Cheers!!

tt said...

YAY for ya'll!
Maybe next weekend will be the fun one you're looking for. My fingers will be crossed for ya.
( I agree,,,,Dana should keep the money!)

Beth said...

I'm not a big "boat person"...when I was little, the guy my mom was dating had a boat on Lake Erie. We would stay on it all summer long, and while that was fun....being caught in a storm on Lake Erie was not! It was FIERCE!! ;)

so, sorry that your day was ruined, but YAY for nice neighbors! they are hard to find these days, ya know?

Aunt Jackie said...

Backing up a bit, I Love your cabin!! Great Video and Vlog. Even if it is short.

Yes sorry your day was ruined... but sometimes, I guess, it pays to have a decent relationship with the neighbors... Came through this time huh!! :)

Agree with Beth, hard to find good neighbors anymore.

Have a wonderful week!! -AJ

captain corky said...

Now you gals can get some serious fishing done!

KellyKline said...

So how's the boat?