||[Jul. 31st, 2014|09:00 pm]
What a nice couple of weeks it's been. Hanging out on the boat, cruising down the Columbia River. From Portland, north to Beacon Rock, then back down the river to Astoria, and back to Portland. About 200 miles.|
Nothing really bad happened. Bent a prop up and spun the hub, but I had a spare prop and hub. Everything else worked great.
I did a lot of work on the Sea Ray boat for a couple of months before I left, so it was running great all the way. I replaced the outdrive, and put in a new anchor winch so I could just push a button to anchor instead of having to climb up to the front and throw an anchor and rope over. It needs a little longer chain on it though.
I need to make a few changes to it. The ladder folds up on top of the swim step, and gets in the way, so I removed it and bought a new one that slides in under the swim step.
I need to put in a larger inverter. The little one won't handle the power I need for the computer and the entertainment system at the same time. I have a couple of bigger ones in the garage that should work, and they need to be hard wired in instead of plugged in the cigarette lighter socket.
The small inflatable boat that I use for getting around places and to shore when I am anchored had a bad floor. I tried to use a plywood floor on it, but that didn't work out very well. It's way too heavy without the inflatable floor, and don't move in the water right. I've had it for a long time anyway, and it is time to get a new one. I could always use the hard bottom Zodiac inflatable I have, now that the ladder is gone, and I can pull it up on the swim step. I was afraid that it would wear a hole in it, bouncing around the ladder when I am moving.
The trip up and back was good too. No problems with the boat trailer or van. The roads are mostly newly paved, except for around the desert near Bakersfield. It takes about a day and a half each way. Going past Mt. Shasta was scary. That is the first time I have seen it without the top covered in snow - especially this early in the summer. We are in a real draught, and Lake Shasta was almost dry. What a difference between that, and the Columbia River dumping a million gallons of water a minute into the ocean.