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Engine Installation—The Devil Is In The Details

When we were crossing the US/Canada border heading for Maine to start the repower project on Morgan’s Cloud, a US Homeland Security officer asked the usual questions about what the purpose of our visit was.

After I explained that we were replacing the engine in our boat, he asked how long we would be in the US. My answer was greeted with a look of incredulity and “THREE MONTHS?”. Clearly the officer had never owned an offshore sailboat.

The way we came up with the three month estimate was to list everything that had to be done, assign reasonable times to each task, total them up, and then double the result—pretty accurate as it turned out.

Here is a photo essay on what we were doing all that time.