Autohelm blues

Trip Start Jun 22, 2007
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Trip End Sep 25, 2007


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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Today was the day the new pump for our autopilot was to arrive.  While I had no one committed to install, it at least having it in my grease stained hands would give me a feeling that we were moving ahead.  I envisioned going over the marine electronics store and picking up the package...knowing this thing cost 5x the price I would have expected by at least knowing I had all I needed.  In fact the boat repair expert we had at the Nordhavn rally talked to me on the phone about "Ill talk you through the installation on the phone".  Yeah...right.  This is a hydraulic pump. Im getting better at mechanics, but that is a pretty complicated process.  I dont think so.

But to make a long story short, I get a call from the store here in Annapolis who said the pump had come in, but they had ordered the wrong one.  Sorry...we will reorder...three more day's delay.  Then he went on to explain that the 'right pump' was 60% more expensive than the unbelievable price I had already somehow digested on the 'wrong pump'. 

I went ballistic.  No way would I buy that number without shopping it.  So I got on the Internet and found it $500 less than I was just quoted.   Continuing to make this long story shorter, I now have it ordered to arrive Friday.  And, I even have another outfit scheduled to install it Monday.  I do have to go back 40mi south to Cambridge MD but ...thats fine.

In the mean time, Sue and I have been enjoying this wonderful city.  Its a great place to visit and now we can do so in the dink.   On the 4th we will be able to tour one of the historic homes not normally open, see the Naval Academy band play, a parade and ...of course fireworks. 

We now have a plan and are doing well.  If all goes to plan, we will resume heading north next Tues or Wed. 

Life is good.
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doclaudel
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Thanks for the call last night. We were right the temp is 116 at 2PM.Going over to the Yelins for hotdogs at 5 if you all can make it. Have a great 4th see you in 3 weeks., love AL&LV.

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