My friend and broker Pete recommended a welder in St. Augustine that he thought could fix it. I gave Capo Welding a call and they thought they could but couldn't be sure without seeing it. So a few days ago I dropped off the muffler at the welder. I decided to take the rail with the broken stud that I discovered in this post as well to see if the welder could fix the stud. After seeing them both, the welder said they could take care of both and would try to squeeze it into their busy schedule. I was very surprised to get a call from them the next day saying that they were able to fix both and it was only an hour of labor. Total cost was $65...a lot cheaper than two new parts.
I think I'll call the muffler patches...because it seems to fit.
|Shiny patched muffler|
Installation was pretty straight forward. Using a heat gun was helpful for getting the hose on as well as off. The only snag was that the little piece of hose in the top picture has to be precisely the right size in order to be long enough to get the required dual hose clamps on each end and short enough so the muffler lines up with the mounting holes. Fortunately I had some extra hose and got the hose right on the second try.
I now have an exhaust system that isn't leaking...a pretty good thing, especially for the engine under the rear berth. I also installed the pushpit rail, rebedding it just as I did in this post. The boat is operational and looking fully assembled again.
All are good things as we need to move the boat out of Florida waters pretty soon to avoid their exorbitant taxes. It is too bad for Florida too, I could stay here and continue working on the boat and supporting their local businesses for another month or so, but since I'm not a resident, I don't see why I need to pay extra use taxes to them so I'll play by their rules and leave. I'm sure Georgia businesses appreciate Florida sending customers to them.