Mar 21, 2015: Fired Right Up

The First Mate and Captain stopped out to the yard to finish installing battery-post bolts and test-fire the Christina Rose today, the first official day of Spring, and probably the nicest day thus-far this-year…

Feeding the Christina Rose water to her main engines (left-plate) and generator (right-plate) through the FlushPro fittings.  The FlushPro fittings sure make testing the engines easy while in dry-dock!  21MAR15

Feeding the Christina Rose water to her main engines (left-plate) and generator (right-plate) through the FlushPro fittings. The FlushPro fittings sure make testing the engines easy while in dry-dock! 21MAR15

The Captain finishes tightening the Port-engine's new battery terminal bolts, replacing the rusted originals.  The last "work" needed before trying to start! 21MAR15

The Captain finishes tightening the Port-engine’s new battery terminal bolts, replacing the rusted originals. The last “work” needed before trying to start! 21MAR15

The engines fired right up for the first time of 2015, on a supply of fresh water through her FlushPro fittings. Even the generator fired off, completing everything (I) needed before launch. A turn of each key and the engines roared to life, running for 5-10 minutes each until achieving operating temperature. Christina will likely receive new plugs and rotor/cap when she makes it back to her home, if the (initial) rough idle doesn’t disappear.

If-only the yard cared to complete everything they were tasked to do since October 2014. Surprising once again, the yard has done NO WORK to the Rose yet this year, only a week before her scheduled launch. We had to cut-away parts of the shrink-wrap this weekend to open the exhaust-ports and saw none of the scheduled hull work has been completed yet. So, just to recap: 5-months in dry-dock, the yard took over a month to wrap the boat then said they couldn’t complete estimates (or repairs) because the shrink-wrap was in the way, they pulled Christina’s 4-batteries (even though they were specifically told not to pull them), they completed no inside-repairs even though I paid for an easy-access door in the shrink-wrap (which I easily managed all the engine-work and battery-installation through), and they completed no outside-work over these 5-months either. Awesome.

Happy Wakes! Feel free to drop me a note anytime, ChristinaRose@edickent.com

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