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Yesterday we were able to finally make it to the boat show. I am sort of proud to say that we managed to make it out of the show without buying a single thing. Not that there wasn’t a lot of cool stuff there but there was nothing that we needed! Although Rebecca and I enjoyed looking at the million-dollar-plus boats, we didn’t even waste our time going onboard any of them. We did pop onboard a Gemini 105Mc, a Tomcat 9.7, a FP Mahe 36 and a Seawind 1160. Only the first three are at all comparable to our boat and we are happy to say that after touring these brand new boats, we still like our boat better than any of those three. The Seawind was really nice but given that it is substantially bigger and more money than our PDQ, we would expect it to be.

ZTC rafted up to Desert Star, a PDQ 36.

Since getting our SSB/Ham radio installed back in Washington, one of the things that I often do is tune in to the Waterway Net each morning at 7:30. Near the end of the radio net is when boats with Ham radio rigs can call in to give position reports, where they are and where they are heading. In the last couple of days we have noticed that a large number of these boats are now on their way south, away from Annapolis. It’s pretty exciting for us because we know we’ll soon be heading that way ourselves. We hear that at this time of year the Intra-Coastal Waterway is as busy as I-95!

Before we do head south though, we have a few things to tick off our project list. On today’s agenda is the following:

  • Hire a rigger to install our antenna insulator
  • Finish the lash boards for our jerry cans
  • Troubleshoot our engines (see below)
  • Visit Sailrite to purchase some Sunbrella fabric for sewing projects
  • Re-provision

This is the insulator that needs to be installed in our starboard shroud.

Sadly we are having some issues with all three of our engines, which leads us to think that we acquired some bad fuel somewhere. First our starboard engine, and now our port engine too, has started stalling when throttling up from idle. Of course this only happens intermittently, just to make the troubleshooting process more challenging. Our dinghy outboard, after having sat without running for a few days, is now refusing to even start. So perhaps I’ll get to experience tearing down a carburetor sooner rather than later.

It’s going to be a beautiful day. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone!