Got the motor back on Dad’s boat last weekend and sailed for the first time in a while. The problem with the motor was that over the summer, the gas had moved in and out of the carb, eventually gumming it up. The guy who worked on it said to run the engine at least once a month for 10 minutes at idle and 10 minutes in gear. He also gave Dad some sort of fuel additive that is supposed to help. Another boat ownership lesson learned.
My son is becoming quite the sailor. He’s a lot more confident walking around the foredeck than he was initially. He’s also been put in charge of winch covers, fenders, and the sail bag so he’s happy about that.