I had a meeting Wednesday morning aboard Lark with Captain Roger the fiberglass whiz and Darrell  of Harmon Marine Services in Vero Beach.  We've hatched a plan to boost the engine out, reinforce the wobbly stringer with a couple fabricated brackets from the solid stringer, then put old Perky back, having given it a good going over while it was out.  That will be in about a week, let's hope.

I also got word from Jim of Southern Comfort Marine refrigeration that he can replace our refrigeration unit for $1200 installed.  Could be better, but it could be a lot worse I suppose.

Dad and I changed the oil in Perkins this morning, which went well.  It  takes just about five quarts.  I got a cool little brass Jabsco pump for pulling the oil out of the sump which worked great.

Tomorrow we'll take Lark on the ocean for the first time, weather permitting.  The forecast just offshore is for southwest winds 10 to 15 knots and seas 2 to 3 feet.  Low tide is at 12:34 which will be favorably both for leaving and returning..