Don't say 'I told you so'.....
Well, I'm afraid I've gone against all your good advice and am regretting it. As time was creeping on and I wanted to make sure my little boat was all ok for the Pembrokeshire trip, I took her to Samspeed for a service. I didn't want to take a whole day off work to travel somewhere more competitive, and as I kind of had a deadline in mind it didn't really seem fair to keep asking people for help.
This was the week before Easter, the first thing he said was 'I hope you don't expect it done in time for the holiday ?' OK, fair enough if they are busy, I didn't, but I was hoping for it back in time for the May bank holiday.
They started looking at it last week, and it's all bad news. The water pump has melted, and apparently everything was put back together really badly (obviously I didn't admit to that, but was a bit surprised, it was only a few bolts so don't know what I did wrong!); and there's a problem with the engine mountings which all need replacing and require the whole lot to be taken apart.
The latest is they can't get hold of a replacement water pump, I don't know if that's to do with the lack of flights as it's Mercury so American, or just that it's so old. He's going to replace that and then let me know what else is wrong with it so I can decide whether to get the mountings replaced as thats going to be a huge job.
The moral of the story is probably that I should have thought about this earlier, but it's just a bit depressing at the moment - so apologies for not getting back to people about trailers, plans etc.
So, I might not get to Pembrokeshire as I think I'd prefer to do it properly another time, which is a real shame as I was looking forward to it. If they can get the water pump sorted he did say it could be used with care, but it would continue to get worse. It's not a normal bracket, it's a slightly odd system with sort of rubber bolts through the transom which he said were failing.
If this is something anyone's heard of and thinks there might be a cheaper option do let me know as I'm not that clear on what he's planning to do.
Sorry, bit of a rant, I know it's all my fault but just wanted to share!
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