The Boat’s Maiden Voyage

After a lot of work on the engine, the boat is ready for it’s maiden voyage!  We took it down to the ramp on the Great Miami.  Unfortunately for us, the city has not put the dock in this year, and I’d be suprised if they do at all.  That of course complicated things a bit, but we decided to deal with it rather than drive to one of the lakes or the Ohio River.  Things are still not quite right with the engine and specifically the carb, but we motored off the trailer, up and down the river and back on to the trailer without having to paddle, so I’d call it a successful voyage!  I’ll be tweaking on the carb and timing some more soon.  In the mean time, here’s a picture or two of the fun!

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Putting the boat back together

Work progresses on the Sea Ray.  Fortunately, the water only damaged three of the eight cylinders and I was able to get things cleaned up with only a simple cylinder hone.  I was also able to blast the rust out of the intake manifold with my sand blaster.  At this point, things are cleaned and ready to reassemble.  Here’s some images of the reassembly in progress:

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