Episode 15 Foote Loose update

I’ve been pretty quiet the last couple months. December I was out of town the whole month visiting my son in Massachusetts. Also foote Loose has been in the shop getting upgrades. Two of the gauges we’re not working properly; the tilt gauge and the tech needed repair which was done at Boat Country. Once I got home and was able to get to Boat Country I picked up Foot Loose and brought Foote Loose over to Harbor Marine in Everett Washington. Harbor Marine is installing my AIS system, automatic pilot system and replacing the hydrolics in the steering.

While the boat has been in the shop I’ve been busy getting my dirt house ready to sell. The current plan is to list on February 19th.

Since January 5th I’ve been getting the house ready to sell. This past week I painted one of the upstairs bedrooms which was a peach color. The ceiling looked kind of like a light peach color although I attributed that to a reflection of the walls. As it turns out the ceiling is a light color peach! I do not plan to paint the ceiling. The Downstairs den also needed painting. Although it didn’t need to be primed like the peach room. After taking the furniture out the the den the carpet was really dirty so that needed to be cleaned. I just finished cleaning that carpet with a rug doctor. We’ll see how that looks tomorrow morning. I hit the high traffic area several times and with any amount of luck the carpet will look much better.

I’ve also been busy selling stuff that I no longer need. Such as board games, a second desk and workstation, chairs and book cases.

Episode 14 Repairs and Upgrades

The tech and the motor tilt gauge needed attention. The tech was acting erratically sometimes it would work and sometimes it would bounce back-and-forth. The the motor tilt gauge always stayed at full tilt no matter what the angle of the engine was. I took the boat to Boat Country who is a certified Honda repair center. The issue with the Tech was a loose nut holding the wire to the tach behind the dash. So all it needed was tightening. The problem with the motor tilt gauge was that it was stuck by the motor. So they unstuck the sensor and lubricated it and now it works just fine. The charge was less than $150 to fix both gages. What a steal !

Episode 12 Massachusetts

Spent a couple weeks in Massachusetts scoping out where I will begin the great loop and where I will store my boat trailer. It took a couple of tries to meet the person that’s going to allow me to store the trailer at her place while I’m gone. We finally got it done and it will be a fantastic spot to leave the trailer. I also had the opportunity to narrow down where I can begin and the great loop. I’m going to launch from the gallelio boat ramp which is South of Providence right on the Atlantic ocean. It will not be long before I’m able to get into the Long Island Sound.

Grand Loop Prep 4

Today I didn’t get anything done preparing for the Great Loop. My real estate business was real busy. Needed to go to Burlington then Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island then work with a listing here in town then off to Best Buy to have them look at my laptop finished off the day with a church transition meeting and hanging a lock box on our most recent list in Marysville.

Episode 11 – Needed Updates

Foote Loose needs some gauges repaired.

The tach was being very eradicate and the motor tilt gauge was not working at all. Took my C-Dory Foote Loose to Boat Country. It turns out a few of the nuts behind the tach we’re loose and the sensor for the tilt gauge was stuck. After un-sticking the gauge and a little grease that gauge was good to go! Only about $150.00 what a deal.

Episode 10-Rethinking C-Dory’s Great Loop Departure Location

Today while working on putting new Thumbnails on 2 of my videos. I also took a moment to map out how long it would take to launch from Galilee Boat Launch South of Providence Rhode Island versus launching from Hudson River Public Boat Launch in Hudson New York. The drive to Hudson New York is closed to 3 hours while the drive from Jeremy’s house is only an hour. It’s only about 2 hours to the North side of Massachusetts where I would be storing my boat trailer.The more I look at it the more I believe Jeremy’s suggestion of leaving from Providence Rhode Island area makes more sense.

Episode 8-Preparing C Dory for Great Loop Adventure- Upgrade

One advantage of embarking on my great loop adventure with my 22 Ft. C Dory 22 Ft cruiser, Foote Loose, It’s having the reason to upgrade equipment.

My tilt gauge and tech have not been working very well for the past Several months. So I took Foote Loose to the Honda marine mechanic at Boat Country in Everett Washington, to repair those issues.

I have also purchase; A new steering hydraulic, AIS system, and an auto pilot. I met with Harbor Marine to arrange for them to install these 3 upgrades.The current plan is for them to install it in January.

Episode 9-Preparing C Dory for Great Loop Adventure – Installing Hydrofoil

Today I installed the SE Sport 300 Hydrofoil. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to install. It only took me a couple of hours. I was pleased that it’s the same color gray as the engine. So everything matches really nice. I took my time, read the directions. 3 things I did a little bit different was making sure the drill holes did not go through the bottom directional trim tab on the engine. I began with a small guide hole to drill. I also used blue tape to tape the template onto the engine so that it didn’t move allowing me to make accurate marks for drilling.

Episode 7- C-Dory Foote Loose Prep for Great Loop Visit with Pat and Patty

Today I was able to visit Pat and Patty up in Bellingham Washington. They have made the Great Loop before and had some spare equipment. They had an air conditioner and an oil change machine.

Pat and Patty have been great to work with and have taught me many things getting my C-Dory 22 Ft. Cruiser, Foote Loose, ready for the grand adventure traveling the Great Loop.