Sorry for the slowness of posts of late. I have to admit I'm in a bit of a funk. Having a hard time finding motivation lately.
Since I got back to the boat it feels somewhat different. It was really nice having my wife back around and maybe I'm getting a bit sick of living like a bachelor again. Or maybe it is the fact I don't feel I've made much of a dent in "the list" after almost three months of work. Or maybe it is is things like when I went to change the transmission fluid yesterday I found an engine stud with the bolt attached laying on top of the transmission with evidence of a couple threads pulled out and embedded in the stud.
Not sure what it is, but for whatever reason I've been having a bit of a time finding motivation lately. So, I think I'm going to take the upcoming weekend off and go explore the area. Maybe I'll take the camera and go see if I can do some photography...been a while since I've done that.
Oh and as far as the stud goes, apparently the hungover mechanics just couldn't manage to reinstall the heat exchanger properly. When they tried to remove the bolt I assume they backed out the stud and then instead of putting the stud back in first, they tried screwing the stud with nut back in and it apparently only grabbed a thread or two in the engine. A little vibration and it came out. Was able to reinstall the stud properly and it appeared to grab well enough without having to install a helicoil. I then tightened the bolt and it all held, so hopefully the heat exchanger will stay put now.