Remember that one…. it’s around 12:45
So….well well well, ZootAllures is posting a new post. It’s kind of like we fell of the edge of the sea.And it actually felt that way. Nothing tragic happened. It’s just that same old thing. Ol’ Zoot was once again nothing but a swimming platform! I’ll get back to this…
The last week of July I did go on a little cruise and it was fun with good company but naturally the winds were not cooperative. The wind, if any, was from the south. Rather rare for that time of year in the Aegean and all the good anchorages are protected from the northerns. So there was a lot of rockin’ and rollin’ and a few restless nights. A nice app called Sky Map (which I recommend) made up for that! I’ve got a load of pictures from that time but there not mine, so maybe I’ll post them at a later date.
Back to the swimming platform. My transmission (which was rebuilt 2 years ago) was leaking oil from the seam. I was keeping an eye on it and a diaper kept it at bay. But during that last little cruise it got totally out of control and I was lucky to get us back (without panicking the crew!) And that’s pretty much when Zoot Allures died within my soul.
Every f#@$ing year, for one reason or another, I have a crippling engine problem. It’s a dream killer and this time it really got to me and it’s not viable anymore. I tried using ColdWeld over 10 times but it would always fail. So Ol’ Zoot didn’t let go of the mooring until haul-out late October. So…..what to do? Sell or re-power.
Re-powering will either be a BetaMarine or a Thoosa9000. Both options will go for over 10k which will bankrupt me. If so, I’ll probably go with the Thoosa. I’ve been dreaming of going electric for a while now ignoring all the nay-sayers. A new diesel would be nice but I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t maintain one upside-down anymore. Plus…they smell bad! For now I’ve decided to to give it one last chance and pulled the tranny last weekend. Zoot Allures is once again gutted and dead. Oooohhhmmmmmmm!
But …there’s a cherry on top! Remember my nice multicolour Cosa inflatable dinghy which I had made a nice uv cover for etc etc etc?….. POOF…. gone…..stolen.
Hence the long delay on posting anything on this blog. I haven’t given up….yet. The Dream has been hanging on a thin line. I’ve moved my bed to my living room, the bedroom is turning into a workshop and soon I’ll start building my new dinghy!
ps… don’t cry for me Argentina….. lala lala la la
pss…bytheway….it’s pretty impressive that when your dreams are on the edge of perish, alot of human relations tend to follow. Go figure.