Tiller in the House!

September 16, 2012

Yes, folks, things are really starting to happen around here. The tiller is actually installed! How exciting is that? We also installed the rudder and the fuel tank is in. We even installed new lights in the “engine room” and gave the engine a nice scrub so it’s looking pretty darned shiny again. Once we uncovered the engine’s gold paint we decided we had to give him (her?) a name, so in keeping with the Star Wars theme our engine shall henceforth be known as C3P0.

Now we have to replace the fuel filters and fire up the engine to see if we can figure out where the oil leak we noticed post-delivery is coming from. Well, that and come up with something to fill the gaping hole in our cockpit floor where the pedestal for the wheel once was (see the photo of Rich with the tiller). So far we have the following suggestions: compass rose, wine or champagne bucket (hmmmm…), and a deck prism. Any other ideas out there? This is your opportunity to be part of the process, people, so send us your suggestions!




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  • Reply SeattleSue September 16, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Wow! You guys have really been hard at work! The tiller is beautiful and C3PO looks quite handsome. Is a deck prism something that allows light to go below deck?

    For someone as directionally challenged as me – the compass sounds like a good idea (not that I know which way North is……) However, after living in the Northwest for 20 plus years light always seems like a wise choice. What’s under that particular piece of deck anyway?

    How about a world map so you can look at all the places you’ve been and those that you’ll be going to soon…. It would be fun to mark your progress and a great conversational piece…..(No problem, right Rich?)

    So glad to hear an update. Please keep posting!

    • Reply Monica James September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Yes, I think that’s the idea with a deck prism. Light = a good thing when you’re on a boat with tiny windows!

  • Reply Kiini Ibura April 2, 2013 at 10:34 am

    The engine looks very retro and futuristic at the same time.

    • Reply Monica James April 4, 2013 at 1:33 am

      You’ll have to come out and inspect it in person once it warms up a bit and we can take you for a sail!

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