The new Yanmar 3YM30 dropping through the dodger frame getting ready to slide down the companionway while hanging from a forklift.
Marine Diesel of the Florida Keys, owned by Mark de Jong, did a great job. The install was a little tougher than expected, requiring two or three custom brackets. Mark got the engine in on schedule with about 2 1/2 days of his guys working on it. Mark is an ex-Seattle boy who escaped to the Keys and small boat owners here are better off as a result.
We’re headed out of Key West this morning. The original plan was to head straight for Jacksonville, but it looks like there’s another tropical storm brewing up near the Carolinas. The NWS service says the area of disturbance has 100% chance of forming into tropical storm and start heading SW. That puts it heading toward Georgia or Jacksonville area, so we’ll watch it on our way up and duck in if we need to slow down and let it pass over us. Good to know we’ve got a reliable engine now if we need to take evasive action.