Jim down the street sent me a couple of more photos of work on my outboard. He had the carburetor cleaned and ready to go. Next on the list was the waterpump. I had replaced the impeller a couple of years ago myself. It was, like most things I take apart, easy to disassemble, difficult to put back together. I'm sure Jim had a much easier time than me.
The impeller on the small outboard, 3 and 1/2 hp, is located in the little housing on top of the lower unit in the photo above. And below you can see Jim's photo of the gasket and both new and old impellers.
Jim says he has had it up and running in his shop and things are in good shape. He just needs to check all the connections and fittings and it will be ready to go. Thanks for the nice work Jim.
Below you see Bruce filling in his log book when we were anchored off of Wainwright Island at the top of Core Sound on our first cruise together back in '07 I think. And to the right of him is the trusty outboard. I've had lots of discussions, online and in person, with other sailors about outboard vs. no outboard. As far as I'm concerned it is a necessity for the kind of trips we do. We use it as little as possible, but when we do use it we are very glad to have.
By Saturday I'll have the outboard back and can check that off the "things to do" list. I've been focusing on cruising plans the last week or so but now I think I better make a list of things I need to do to be ready for day sailing starting in March. It's not that far away.
ps - if you like good food check out the fun "food is love" post at Baydog's blog. Lots of good images of food. I'm proud to say I was involved in a couple of those meals. Enjoy!