Sunday, September 11th, was one of the most interesting days of my life! I had spent the weekend at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, surrounded by hundreds of beautiful old (and young) wooden boats and thousands of adoring fans of wooden boats. We needed to leave the Festival early so I could be back in the afternoon for me to make a date singing with the Total Experience Gospel Choir, in a 9/11 memorial.
Travelling south from Port Townsend on our way home to Seattle, we lost both engines! These were Chrysler-Nissan 55-hp diesels, rebuilt and installed in the boat in 1989. Amazingly enough, they both failed, beyond any sensible effort to repair them, for completely different reasons, reminding me of an elderly human couple married for several decades who suddenly die within hours or days of each other.