This part does what?
There is definitely a price to be paid for self-sufficency and sadly it is a high one. It almost brought tears to my eyes yesterday when I finally broke down and ordered a boat load of spares (spelled $$$$) for our Yamaha engines. I find it more than a bit strange to be ordering parts that I don’t even know their function let alone how to install them but I guess that’ll just make it more fun if we ever get to the point that we need them. Of course, our friend shared his Murphy’s Law corollary which says that by carrying a spare we have essentially guaranteed that that particular item will not break down.
We’re here in Melbourne, FL, where our friends and traveling companions on Knot Tide Down, Bill and Ana, first began their journey. Although they have been living aboard full time for over a year and a half, they still own property here. This was helpful for us because it gave us a shipping address to have our spare parts sent to. Sadly, once we receive them, we’ll be splitting up from our buddies as their intention is to remain in this area until after Christmas. This is par for the course as far as cruisers are concerned though and so will begin another game of catch up. Thanks again guys for chauffeuring us all over town yesterday to re-provision. You’ve one again helped to make our boat ride about (not pronounced a-boot as you think Canadians do it) 3 inches lower.
What will these guys do without us?
Flipper thinks they will be lost! 🙂