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NOTE: WE WOULD LIKE TO ADD AN UPDATE TO THIS BLOG WHERE WE DESCRIBE IN DETAIL WHAT TOOK PLACE WHEN WE DEVELOPED A “SHORT” IN A WIRE BETWEEN THE ZF CONTROLLER AND THE JOHN DEER ENGINE. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THERE WAS NEVER A PROBLEM WITH THE JOHN DEERE ENGINE OR THE ZF CONTROLLER. IT TURNED OUT TO BE NOTHING MORE THAN A SHORT/BROKEN WIRE, WHICH WAS REPAIRED WITHIN 5 MINUTES ONCE THEY FOUND THE PROBLEM. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IS WHEN WE WOULD LEAVE THE SLIP AND BE ABOUT 20 MINUTES OUT (OR ABOUT TWO MILES), THE SHORT IN THE GROUND WIRE WOULD “OPEN” AND CAUSE THE PROBLEM OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE ZF CONTROLLER AND THE JOHN DEERE ENGINE. ONCE THE SHORT IN THE WIRE WAS REPAIRED WE HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED A PROBLEM AGAIN WITH THE BOAT. WAS IT A FRUSTRATING EXPERIENCE TO GO THROUGH BECAUSE OF BEING STUCK IN MARATHON, AND CHANGE OUR CRUISING PLANS? – YES. HOWEVER, WE KNEW WHEN WE BUILT OUR BOAT THAT THERE WOULD BE ISSUES THAT WOULD COME UP – JUST AS THERE ARE ISSUES IN BUILDING A NEW HOUSE. THIS TURNED OUT TO BE A VERY MINOR PROBLEM THAT SIMPLY TOOK A LONG TIME TO DIAGNOSE. ONCE DIAGNOSED, IT WAS REPAIRED BY REPLACING THE BROKEN GROUND WIRE AND WE WERE ON OUR WAY AND ENJOYING THE DANCE ONCE AGAIN. THERE WAS NEVER A PROBLEM WITH THE JOHN DEERE ENGINE OR THE ZF CONTROLLER. (IF ANYONE HAS FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT TOOK PLACE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DROP US A NOTE.)
Good news! After a two week stay turned into six weeks, we think we have resolved our throttle problem. It took six sea trials, six visits from the John Deere tech and three visits from the ZF tech, but at last they got it. As often is the case in these type of problems, it was a combination of events that triggered it. But today we took her out for our final sea trial for an extended period of time and everything worked normally, and feel confident in her that we can continue our cruising. We have to admit if you have to be stuck some place for an extra four weeks, Marathon Marina in the Florida Keys is not a bad spot. But we are ready to move north. Weather permitting, we will throw off our lines on Tuesday and slowly work our way up to New England, and hopefully Maine. Hopefully our future blogs will cover the wonderful places we visit and people we meet along the way.
Many thanks to all of your support, the expertise and patience of the John Deere and ZF technicians, and to Kadey Krogen for standing by us.
Tomorrow we will head to Burdine’s for lunch to have a beer and our last order of fries! For those who have been there, you will understand. Then back to the boat where we will bring aboard our tender and get things ready to go.
On to the next dance, Cha Cha Cha!
Fair winds and following seas,
Pauline and Mark