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Old 08-15-2012, 10:22 PM   #6691
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Thanks for the link Bud. It's sickening that this kind of ____ is going on.

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Back on the rock again, but some fun getting here.

When I arrived at the marina, it appeared that someone had perhaps been messing with the boat. The ignition may have been tampered with and the steering was somehow locked.

OK, managed to sort out the ignition problem and the boat started, but it would not steer at all. I disconnected the steering arm and the motor would go side to side no problem, so it was in the cable somehow. Since I had nothing to fix that with I had to jury rig some temporary way to steer the boat directly by holding the motor.

Found the end of an old pike pole, and it turned out to be a good tight fit when I drove it on to the steering rod on the motor...so off I went.

About ten minutes out (going slowly of course) the engine died and refused to re-start. As luck would have it, my immediate neighbour came along about 5 minutes later and towed me the rest of the way to the island.
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Last night when the tide was in I towed the skiff over to shore and tried to start the motor. It started right up and it kept running on a high idle for about ten minutes and died again. So now I'm on the iBoats site getting advice.

To me it sounded like a fuel problem as when the engine died both times it coughed and sputtered for several seconds before it quit.

However, the experts are pointing to a failing stator or bad coil (of which there are three).

I'm betting that whatever the fix is it will be costly.
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I did a little work on holiday...and the second thing we tackled after the driveway sealing was the fence.

It had never seen any stain and I'm guessing it must have been there for a good 20 years. Fixed up a few posts which were on the way south and then pressure washed the whole thing. From almost black to the colour of cedar instantly.

Here I am staining some primer with the owner's grandson.
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They decided on a Sagebrush Green stain for the fence, which goes nicely with all the Sagebrush in the area.
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The first night I was back home, we apparently had a deer in the garden looking for a smorgasbord.

I have never seen a deer on this island, although two or three other people say they have over the years. Apparently they occasionally swim over from DeCourcey Island where there is a big deer population.

Evidently they like ripe tomatoes, red cabbage and nasturtiums. It ate the ripe tomatoes, dumped the green ones on the ground, cleaned out the tops of the red cabbage and ate every nasturtium flower that was there.

One tomato pot had a perfect deer footprint.

If you have any sure fire ways of keeping the deer away - other than 170 grains of lead poisoning - we'd love to hear about them.
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I did manage to get to a breakfast with several of the hot rod guys from the local area and one of them brought his little Anglia down.

It has a Chevy Vega powertrain.
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If you have any sure fire ways of keeping the deer away - other than 170 grains of lead poisoning - we'd love to hear about them.
LMAO. When I began to read that sentence the first thing that came to my mind was also the "lead poisoning" idea, by the time I finished reading I was LMAO.
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Last night when the tide was in I towed the skiff over to shore and tried to start the motor. It started right up and it kept running on a high idle for about ten minutes and died again. So now I'm on the iBoats site getting advice.

To me it sounded like a fuel problem as when the engine died both times it coughed and sputtered for several seconds before it quit.

However, the experts are pointing to a failing stator or bad coil (of which there are three).

I'm betting that whatever the fix is it will be costly.
Do you think someone might have put a balloon into your gas tank? I've heard of people doing that before and that it causes the engine to sputter and die temporarily. Just a thought as I know almost nothing about cars.
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The first night I was back home, we apparently had a deer in the garden looking for a smorgasbo

If you have any sure fire ways of keeping the deer away - other than 170 grains of lead poisoning - we'd love to hear about them.

Hi Keith,
I've been creeping on your thread for some time now. Thats some great work and adventures you've got going on there!

I've got relatives in Vancouver.

Here in Ontario the apple farmers hang bars of soap from the trees to keep the deer out. They associate the perfume smell with human presence. Seems to work.
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I've been creeping on your thread for some time now. Thats some great work and adventures you've got going on there!

I've got relatives in Vancouver.

Here in Ontario the apple farmers hang bars of soap from the trees to keep the deer out. They associate the perfume smell with human presence. Seems to work.
Hi there creeper:

Welcome to the thread. Oddly enough Barb (gma etc.) suggested the same thing. My wife has a friend visiting and she said the same thing. We'll give that a go and see what happens. Vancouver Island is absolutely loaded with deer, to the point that there are dozens of road signs warning of their presence.

Up at Qualicum, where they hold the Show 'N Shine, the deer seem to have the run of the town - even in broad daylight.

I didn't see any fresh signs or evidence from last night. But this morning I installed a solar powered light above the tomato plants. I'm not sure if that will help or not, or just show them the way!
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Do you think someone might have put a balloon into your gas tank? I've heard of people doing that before and that it causes the engine to sputter and die temporarily. Just a thought as I know almost nothing about cars.
Not very likely. The boat tanks are portable and you remove them from the boat for filling. You can see inside the tanks easily. However, it could still be some sort of fuel trouble. I will be checking later this evening for any possible leaks in the lines.
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Welcome back! I posted some of my orchid photos on my project thread. Have to keep up with your pretty sunset and flower pictures. LOL.
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This is a pic that Barb took on her holidays which she entitled "Caught in the act". It was taken at the Mammoth Hotel in Yellowstone N. P.

Nothing these elk won't do for lunch!
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