That fuel tank replacement threw me for a loop. not only was it not "on the master plan", but it took longer than I'd expected. Last night I was able to clean up the sawdust residue with the mini-shopvac and finish hooking up the tank, tightening hose clamps, etc. I filled it back up, again running the fuel through the Baja Filter, and tested the engine. She started right up without hesitation and ran flawlessly for about 30 minutes so I think I'm safe in terms of not having to bleed the lines again.
It may also be just a figment of my imagination, but it seems like the engine is running a bit more smooth after the oil change. My entire life I've thought I could sense a change in the engine's noise right after a change though, so it might just be some kind of wishful thinking.
While the engine was running I spent a bit of time applying weatherstripping to the cockpit lockers. I'm hoping this will reduce a bit of the vibration noise I get at certain RPMs. Without the foam the lockers are not tight enough to pull their latches, so there is much rattling. We'll see next time I get out for a motor up the channel.
The cockpit locker dividers are now all installed, which removes yet another big piece of cabin clutter. It's still a complete disaster inside the boat, but I feel like I'm slowly making progress.
Now that I'm back on track with putting things back together rather than repairing / replacing it's a good time to look at the short-term to-do list:
- Wire the Sahara 1100 bilge pump
- Wire the AC main panel and galvanic isolator
- Install the battery charger AC circuit
- Install the AC outlets circuit
- Install the bow fresh water tank
- Repair the delaminated plywood on the starboard window headliner panel.
- Dremel work to integrate the new alcohol stove into the gimbal.
- Select and purchase stereo head unit
- Install aft cabin bulkhead panels, flush mounting VHF and stereo units in port coaming recess.
- Secure bilge pump hoses - STOP the FLOP.
Of course there is much else to do, but this is what I'm focusing on in the immediate future. Should keep me pretty busy in between sailing.