Project Time!

Ahhh … Springtime … back in Connecticut, thoughts of … boat projects!  All boats (especially 14 year-old ones) require lots of TLC.  The project list grows during the winter in the Bahamas as it’s impractical to even attempt to have boat parts shipped there.

This spring began with replacing an increasingly problematic charger/inverter.  Except while running our engines or with solar power, it is our only way to charge our batteries with shore or generator power.  Doesn’t look like much, but critical!It also inverts our 12 volt battery power to 120 volts to run various small appliances at anchor.  Of course, our new Magnum brand charger/inverter is a completely different size & shape, with wiring terminals at opposite locations.  Oh, did I mention it weights 45 pounds, is mounted upside down in a very small locker of Lori’s clothes?  Theoretically a 3 hour job, 4 mounting screws & a few wires, it took 13 hours, excluding a custom exhaust vent contraption using various Amazon parts, a fan & thermostat (when “cookin” – charging our batteries at up to 106 amps creates a lot of heat!).

Next on the list was servicing the fuel injectors of our diesel engines & generator.  For all we know, they’ve never been serviced.  My first fuel injector experience was a little unnerving, especially reading some articles warning that if you this or that incorrectly, you’ll destroy your $20,000 engine!  First removing them … could be easy or in some cases require a specialized $500+ extractor tool.  Prepping for surgery with “lap towels” soaked in “blood” (pink dyed diesel fuel), all went fairly well, sent them to the “lab” (diesel injection specialist) & waited.  A few days later, the call came “Bad news … tests came back positive for complete nozzle failure”.  Oh, well, except for the $1,500+ (cough, cough) cost, it was actually good news as the re-building with new nozzles should provide increased engine performance & make the entire ordeal worthwhile.  They were returned as-good-as-new, blister-packed & all.  The re-installation went fairly well … until one of the injector mounting plates fell down between parts of the engine.  4 hours later over 2 days, I declared defeat & had to order a replacement.

All these projects make you hungry … so off to the donuts!  We recently heard great things about a donut truck in Colchester, CT called Redneck Donuts.  While only open Friday – Sunday, they offer pre-ordering from their nightly list on Facebook.  Neither rain nor Covid could prevent us from driving 35 minutes to pick up some scrumptious donuts!  Well worth the drive!


Even Lori can’t live on donuts alone!  We saw in the news that fishermen & oyster folks in Connecticut were being devastated with restaurants barely operating, so we had to do something!  Off to Noank!  We enjoyed waterside lobster rolls at the famous Abbott’s Lobster.  But Mystic Oysters was our true destination!  Darn … only sold by the bag of 50 for just $30.00, freshly harvested that morning (well … that was the line the old guy sitting in the chair told us 🙂

Boy, were they good!  Even giving 1/2 to family, that still left 25 to shuck & enjoy over 2 nights.

It’s a wonder to watch workers at a raw bar shucking them sooo easily … after a while I began to use a hammer to “help” as I was taking way too long.  We paired our oysters with a Sheer Chardonnay wine from Stonington Vineyards, just a few miles away from Noank.  Perfect!


When not being my chief tool-fetcher, fellow donut & oyster eater, Lori herself has been very busy as well!  With her jewelry making in full gear & lots of Covid lockdown time available, she bit the “ohhh should I really do this?” bullet and set up an Etsy shop. With creative assistance from dear ones and much decision-making, CraftMadeIn was born on May 28. Will the rest be history? and do you want to be part of it? Check out her offerings and if you “tell two friends”, I’m sure she would be thrilled. Feel free to click the above link to her shop!


4 thoughts on “Project Time!

  1. Great entry Lori! And I thought injectors on a car were tough! The donuts and mussels seem like a least some reward for you troubles! Hope the rest of the maintenance is easier/cheaper!

    On Wed, Jul 22, 2020, 5:48 PM Cruising along the East Coast and Bahamas wrote:

    > ortolancat posted: “Ahhh … Springtime … back in Connecticut, thoughts > of … boat projects! All boats (especially 14 year-old ones) require lots > of TLC. The project list grows during the winter in the Bahamas as it’s > impractical to even attempt to have boat parts shipp” >


    • Thanks Martin but ‘tis Russ who writes now.
      You know, I’m involved in other pursuits 😊.
      You can be sure we didn’t feel guilty about oysters and donuts!
      Just wait, there’s more boat bucks to be spent… stay tuned.


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