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.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

the engine is back in C'est la Vie but work remains

Wrestling the new two inch engine exhaust hose into place between the water lift muffler in the engine compartment and thru-hull in the lazurette consumed the morning.  Fortunately, I did not pre-cut the 12.5 foot section of hose to match the 11 foot section that came out of the boat.  Using the longer, new section of hose I was able to run from muffler to thru-hull with out a joint or fiberglass elbow. This eliminates three joints and six hose clamps from the previous set up while allowing the hose to run higher and more center line to the boat  It is important to run the exhaust hose high and center line to  prevent salt water from running the system in reverse and damaging the engine.

engine compartment completed and ready for the engine install

With the muffler and exhaust hose installed the engine compartment is ready for the engine.

With assistance from the boat yard staff C'est la Vie's engine returned to the boat with a minimum of fuss.  So one month to the day the engine is back in the boat.

Tomorrow morning the mechanic is scheduled to align the engine and affix the new motor mounts to the engine beds.  Once this is complete I will begin running hoses and reconnecting wiring between the engine and the boat.


  1. Looking good. Minimum fuss is always a good thing. You guys still planning to leave in a couple of weeks? We are jealous :) We will be COLD this winter up north instead of enjoying the southern sunshine.

  2. Thanks. We hope to depart Beaufort, NC around Nov. first bound for one more winter of work in Everglades City, FL.

    Best of luck with the northern winter. Hope to see you back south by next year.