It’s usually a very sad time of year, putting our dear R.E.D. to bed for the long winter months but this year we are at least a month later than usual to pull her from the water and it felt right…and kind of fun..with an energy we haven’t found in past years.
Hooking Up HIS Trailer
Maybe it’s because we had a much longer season, or maybe it could be that we now have a special place right in our own yard and the process is so much easier. There was no going back and forth through all of that depressing congested Montreal traffic.
She spent her summer here, just six kilometres from our home, at a small co-op-type club. It meant just one trip too. Trailer hooked up to the tow beast and within a few minutes we were ready for our annual ritual.
First, a chilly outing on the bay to empty her belly of salt water.
Winterizing MY Engine
Next, Francois put the motor through it’s winterizing paces.
Installing Mast Extension
The mast extension makes for a much better shape when tarping.
R.E.D. waited patiently at the service dock while the trailer was brought to the loading ramp
Then came the offical haul-out. So easy for two of us to handle, all completed with no incident.
Power wash came next before all the accumulated ‘yuck’ from a summer in the water had dried. Demasting with all of the lines secured and we were ready to head for home.
This year’s tarp skeleton is Francois’ best creation to date. It makes the job so much easier too when there is a small hardware store down at the corner to buy extra tie wraps and PVC piping.
Even covering and threading the lines under R.E.D.’s belly seemed less of a chore this year.
All liquids and other essentials removed from the cabin and lines flushed through with anti-freeze, she will rest all cozy and ready for whatever winter storms will throw our way.
For those who prefer to read our story in a language other than English, please forgive the automatic translation.
When life gives you lemons…
or a really large vodka cocktail!
Ever wonder if you are being tested,
like there is some greater-than-you cosmic plan
with hurdles and stumbling blocks
placed around each turn of the road?
R.E.D. is finally in the water after a brief launch delay.
Uneventful mast stepping.
Rigging perfectly executed.
Her ballast belly filled with 2015 water.
Packing and provisioning almost complete.
…we notice an unfamiliar moaning and grinding from the engine trim hydraulic assembly.
Upon investigation, Francois found the seal of the cylinder was broken
which allowed the hydraulic fluid to depart.
image courtesy of Evinrude
Our not-so-positive thoughts:
1. to have it fixed we need to haul out
2. to haul out we have to unstep, wrap and strap
3. our club is still in its launch phase
(would they be able to squeeze us into their lift schedule?)
Positive thoughts…positive thoughts..
1. Engine still under warranty
2. …having a really hard time thinking of positives…
oh yeah, there was a recall of the Evinrude eTech…
some sort of environmental computer adjustment that should be done.
3. we are two years/145 hours into our three-year/300 hour maintenance,
so it may be a good time to have that done too.
4. we belong to such a great boat club!
…so here I am wearing my best positive smile…waiting…
…we can always count on Marcel to take care of us…
and R.E.D. of course…
…ready to drop onto the trailer…
…making sure she’s mounted securely…
…ready to go.
We have a lot of fun joking
about this rather fair division of ownership.
Francois can’t take the boat on the water without my permission.
And I can’t take the boat anywhere on land without his permission.
So today to make MY engine ready for the season
we performed one of the
3 year/300 hours maintenance procedures…
…upper drain screw removed.
…lower drain screw removed.
…and a lot of yucky crap came pouring out.
How’s that for technical jargon?
Gear case lubricant replacement pumped back in.
…and just in time!
…thunder clouds rolled in…
…and the rains came…
…thankful for that little breath of air while we waited out the storm.