Some misfortunes on the road

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We have had a couple of misfortunes on our journey these past days. On top of a very bad dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Madison, Florida, one of Ross’ gold crownes came unglued. Thanks to wonderful waitress Paula at Mrs. Mac’s restaurant here in Key Largo we got a reference to a good dentist who takes walk in patients. An appointment is now set up and hopefully the crown will be reunited with the tooth at a reasonable price. Then the jeep engine started acting strange periodically. Ross decided it was time to let a mechanic check it out. After some research we found a car place that did a computer test on the jeep engine. Nothing was wrong – fortunately! – but we did get the advice to take off the overdrive when pulling the boat. We have done that and the jeep is now working stable. Next thing was the boat motor not wanting to start as we got the boat launched in our first marina. Not good! It is presently being repaired by some good friends in Key Largo. The fuel lines turn out to be eroded by the ethanol and gas. New lines are being put on as I write. These misfortunes have been exhausting, but they have also been a big lesson in people’s readiness to help. We have met so many friendly “strangers” who wanted to share their time, care, experience and expertise to solve our problems. A warm thank you to each and everyone of you! We couldn’t have done it without you.


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maryghorst
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 10:34:33

    Thinking of the two of you with great love and affection! We will be down there in a few weeks ourselves and looking forward to spending time together….mary & Ken


  2. Matt Johnson
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 19:02:22

    Re: Alcohol in fuel… it is a big problem with carburetors too. We have to add additives to our fuel that will handle this problem I recommend you do as well. Otherwise life will continue to be unpredictable. I use “Sta-Bil Marine”. (btw, never tow in ‘overdrive’…) Enjoy the adventure!!!


  3. Mark Bausch
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 19:16:08

    I use non-ethonal gas in all my lawn Equipment. You should be able to find it available. ask around. Happy sailing Bro !


  4. Debby
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 19:29:44

    Sorry to hear about your misfortunes but what a wonderful path of people (angels) that have looked out for you. Much love to you both. Can’t wait to hear more…


  5. Alison
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 19:50:25

    Here’s hoping for smoother sailing ahead !! Hope the motor is working soon, and Ross’s tooth gets fixed too. So wonderful to meet people who help you on your way. (Of course, that’s how we met Ross !) That breakfast spread sure looked amazing ….and it looks warm and sunny there. Love the photos, and look forward to your next posting.


  6. BuckarooBob
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 17:59:23

    I’ve heard many complaints about the ethanol/outboard incompatability problem–my mechanic friend insists on buying his boat fuel at the local neighborhood airport–aviation fuel! Otherwise seals and such are vulnerable. As for the tooth–I got frustrated with the same problem and grabbed the SuperGlue (after doing research and finding that Superglue was originally developed as first aid for wounds). Eventually that entire tooth had to come out, but I was unconscious at the time, so avoided the dental hygiene lecture from the oral surgeon.


  7. Ron Bryant
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 03:28:10

    Sorry to hear about the problems, it sounds as though that everything is working out and you should soon be enjoying the beautiful Keys. Ross you cna purchase a additive for the fuel from Sta bilt i use it and have no problem. We are hoping to get down to Florida in Feb.

    Happy Sailing,


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