"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

May 25, 2013

May 24 - Great Bridge, VA

Atlantic Yacht Basin

Bob Smith and his son Bryan at American Diesel are the leading experts in Ford Industrial marine engines. Anyone with a trawler, that does any work on their own engines know their names and have probably spoken to them on the phone. They are so good at what they do they can and do step people through any repair they might need on the phone. Any advice or part you might need...they have it. Stan has called them for parts and advice a lot since we bought The Pearl. Today we actually went to their shop in Kilmarnock, VA and met Bryan in person. Stan has wanted to replace the main heat exchanger on the engine for awhile; so we rented a car and drove over to Kilmarnock to pick it up. Traffic around the Norfolk, Hampton and Newport News area is horrible; you can't get anywhere without going over a bridge or through a tunnel and things really get backed up. It takes forever to get anyway. We were so glad to get back to the marina.

Last May while we were in Annapolis we met Belinda and Jim on Rickshaw and enjoyed getting to know them. They knew we were in their area and drove down from Richmond to have dinner with us. They are doing the loop, but left their boat in Tennessee last fall to come back to the real world to catch up on a few things. It's always fun to catch up with boating friends we haven't seen for awhile. Thanks for coming to see us.

After Belinda and Jim left we picked up Betsy and Jim, from Smiles and made a provision run to Wal-Mart. You have to stock up on things while you have a car...it's just a lot easier. What a long busy day...it felt wonderful to come home and relax.

American Diesel...nothing fancy, but they have everything you need for your engine.
Bryan Smith...the face behind the voice 

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