March 21, 2018, Fort Myers Beach

More Horses!

Yesterday our old Suzuki 2.5 hp outboard conked out on us when we were motoring in our dinghy to the Fort Myers beach dinghy dock.  The dinghy has oars so I rowed the last few hundred yards.  But how do we get back to our boat? It was way too far to try to row.  Call Sea Tow!  Last year I joined Sea Tow, kind of like the marine version of AAA.  If you get stuck, Sea Tow will come and tow you back to your marina or safe port.  So, we showered and had dinner and met Sea Tow at the dock and they towed us back to our boat in the mooring field.  I started dismantling the Suzuki to repair it and quickly realized that it wasn’t worth repairing  So I formulated a plan to go into town and buy a new Yamaha 6 hp outboard.   The next day, we moved to Moss Marina, about a 1/4 mile away to tie up to their dock overnight.  We rented a car for the day and drove to buy the new engine and also to pick up a new Navionics chart microSD card. The extra hp should get our dinghy “up on plane” allowing us to go faster and smoother.

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