C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

An afternoon with the kabuta...

After spending the morning creating and posting photo albums.  I did tick one important item off the to do list...
A couple weeks ago when we moved C'est la Vie from Sunset Island the mainland I noticed the engine  temperature elevated quickly. So today I went through the cooling system...
1) Raw water strainer - flushed - I did find the usual sea weed, leaves, etc.
2) Impeller - replaced
3) Heat exchanger - it has been years since I last removed a massive amount of gunk, impeller bits, zinc, etc from these tiny tubes.  This time around it was much cleaner, but I did remove some sizeable chunks of  zinc bits.
4)Coolant - added  approx. 1/2 pint of water to the coolant.

No smoking guns, but I'm willing to bet that the combination of stuff in the raw water strainer, zinc bits in the heat exchanger, and the need to add some water to the coolant will bring the engine temps back to normal.  We plan to  take C'est la Vie out to the Gulf tomorrow to test the coolant system, test the boom gallows cross piece, and clean the hull. 

The evening was pleasant and I utilized the waning light to install our new grill on the stern rail.  Here is an image of C'est la Vie bathed in this evening's setting sun.

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