Good Morning Everyone, it’s been a crazy long week and more to come next week. This whole week I’ve been working on the boat (of course) but I’ve also been going to night classes at Training Resources Limited Maritime Institute (TRLMI) for a Diesel Engine Maintenance Course. YES, I’m still trying to improve my weak mechanical skills and since I have a firm grasp on my own failings, I already know that I’m not the greatest at mechanical stuff…..and the high jump! As a bonus this afternoon, we were allowed to go on a field trip to check out the engines on Captain Zach’s Newton 46 dive boat. Zach is one of the students in the class and owns Waterhorse Charters and Dive Shop (in San Diego). Because San Diego has a large sunken warship (Yukon) just off the coast, Waterhorse Charters specializes in taking folks out there who come to train for thier PADI or other Wreck Dive Certification. The boat is spotless, has more than required safety gear and his engines are in great shape. I was pretty impressed, cause I’ve been on some pretty janky dive boats in a couple of places, but Captain Zach knows his stuff and has a Master’s License to prove it. Me and him sat in class for a couple of weeks in January 2017 at the (then) Maritime Institute for our Masters License Training, but Maritime Institute has since become TRLMI. I get to wander around the San Diego Sunroad Boatshow tomorrow and then finish up my last Engine Class tomorrow afternoon as well…too much fun. I’m getting LOTS of stuff knocked out on the boat and the next two weeks will be huge weeks for the boat. Next week I have someone coming on the boat to look over my spinnakers with me. Pretty excited, as I don’t have much spinnaker time and every second counts for good experience. In order to shore up some of my weaker points and stop paying ripoff prices for work I can probably do, I’ve also signed up for a week of class for Outboard Engine Maintenance in February and another week of class for Onboard Electrical Systems in March. If you’re interested in these skill sets, TRLMI offers the classes and has a world-class training facility where you’ll get hands-on + instructors who are willing to take the time to explain crucial details along with real world experience. If you want these skills, highly recommend you sign-up for a class somewhere and improve yourself.
I’ll do another couple of posts with more detailed info and pics on Waterhorse Charters, TRLMI and the boat show.
So the above reasons are why I missed Wednesday’s post, but I’m working hard to stay with it. Today was another painting with bilge paint day on the boat before I went on the field trip and I’m gonna have to throw a second coat on tomorrow, then be done with that portion of the paint project. I’ll have some pictures of before and after to awe you with my painting skills and the nastiness of the areas painted….you’ll see we’re making slow progress. Next week it’s into the engine room all week to clean the engine, change the coolant and the oil and then attempt to get to the impeller to change it. My engine is literally put in backwards because of the velvet drive and V drive operation…so getting to the critical bits of it is literally painful boat yoga for midget’s and my kids won’t go into those spaces. I try to bribe them, pay them and threaten them but they will won’t go into those impossible to get to engine spaces so I have to do it….next week. Ok, still got paint on my hands so I have to clean up- see ya-