Haul-out already….and no sailboat yet

Haul-Out

I’d rather be hauling out a sailboat.

Here’s a haul-out I’d rather not be dealing with right now. Amy’s car started acting up a few days ago and then finally gave up yesterday. It wouldn’t even start so I could drive it to the repair shop; instead, I had to have it towed to my mechanic.  I was hoping it’d just be a simple sensor that needed replacing or something equally as easy [and inexpensive]. Nope, not with my luck. I went by there today and saw the entire top half of the engine off!

Apparently some plastic part that’s in close proximity to the timing chain broke and the shrapnel from that caused the timing chain to break. That led to a complete malfunction consisting of bent valves, rods, broken lifters, etc. Big mess! I almost had to go home sick when I learned this… I could almost hear the sound of money flying out of my pocket…money I don’t have.

Engine Problems

Engine Problems

Thankfully, I know my mechanic very well so I know I’ll get a reasonable price, but it’s still gonna hurt.

I certainly hope when it comes to sailboats, haul-outs don’t turn this ugly this fast.

 

Mike

About the author  ⁄ Michael

Looking forward to trading in a life on land for a life aboard a sailboat and cruising wherever the wind takes us.

7 Comments

  • Reply
    September 10, 2013

    One little piece and everything goes catastrophic.

    Sorry to hear the troubles. I hope it gets solved quickly.

  • Reply
    Allan
    September 11, 2013

    I found it cheaper to get a used engine from the scrap yard…much cheaper that a rebuild. As to boat expenses, I just laid out close to $700 to repair another boat that I hit.

    • Reply
      Mike Author
      September 11, 2013

      Well, there might be some good news in this. I remembered last night that we considered buying an extended warranty when we bought the car. I just couldn’t remember whether we actually did or not. So I called today and learned that we did, in fact, purchase the extended warranty! So now an inspector has to go look at the damage and decide whether it’ll be covered, so we’re crossing our fingers and saying prayers that it’ll be covered with just our low $100 deductible!

      • September 11, 2013

        Good Luck!
        That will be a huge relief.

      • Mike Author
        September 11, 2013

        Thanks Daniel, that’s the truth!

  • Reply
    Deb
    September 12, 2013

    Uhhhh…. well….you might be getting good practice….

    Deb
    S/V Kintala
    http://www.theretirementptoject.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Mike Author
      September 13, 2013

      Haha…yeah, I kinda figured. :-)

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