It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.

J.R.R. Tolkien

I’ve become very fond of the word ‘contraption’. Sitting in the engine compartment, hunched over, with the grease all over me. I’ve been tracing wires, and tubes for what seems like forever. There are at least 5 isolated systems in any marine diesel engine. Not one of them is all that exciting, but together, the are capable of an amazing thing: freedom.

The original plan for this year was to motor up to Chattanooga, Tennessee for hurricane season back in May/June. Hurricane season ends later this month so we’re about 5 months behind schedule. And keep in mind this is the most recent schedule of about half a dozen in the last 18 months. I have yet to meet a self-imposed deadline.

The trip from New Orleans to Chattanooga, as it turns out, is a little over 700 nautical miles and about a 19 day trip. This does not make for an ideal maiden voyage. In fact, it’s likely foolhardy(which does sound like a pirate word, right?). I feel like a solid 100 hours of testing of the motor and steerage would be necessary for a trip like that.

So that’s what we’re going to do: Test, test, and test some more. Essentially, the original plan was a good one so we’re just going to do it next year instead of this year. This was a little disappointing at first, but then I remembered: I didn’t move onto this contraption to be in a hurry.


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Jack is the kind of guy who can figure anything out. That’s one of the reasons Autumn married him; she likes his rugged individuality and determined self-sufficiency. He’s a business owner, a musician, and a helluva family man. He rarely loses his cool, and he’s quick with a joke when situations are tense. He’s got a philosophical streak that makes him a fine conversationalist, and he has mastered the art of the seasoned French fry. He’s thoughtful and considerate, and he devotes a lot of his energy to encouraging his family and making sure everyone is happy. The closer his life gets to a Tom Waits song, the more content he is. If you need a hug at the end of a hard day, Jack’s your best bet aboard the Sea Shanti.

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