Today we moved the boat 12 miles up the Wando River to the boat yard where Merlin now sits on the hard. It is strange living on the boat on the dirt, especially climbing up the 9′ ladder to get onboard. It also sits tilted toward the stern. Inspection of the suspect cutlass bearing reveals it is shot. There is way too much play in it. So the parts are on order and hopefully tomorrow will end with a new cutlass bearing and a new dripless shaft seal. We are hoping the combination of these items will quiet down the engine and drive train a bit and make motoring more enjoyable. Even if it doesn’t quiet things down it is a necessity to get this repaired before damage is done to the boat. We will continue to do boat chores and explore the surrounding areas and with a bit of luck we will be underway again on Thursday.