We anchored out for four days in the California Delta last week. Typically, gunkholing is our main boating activity. This was a particularly good trip. The holiday weekend crowd was gone, the temperature was reasonable with highs in the 90's, the wind was light and a nice moon filled the night sky.
We had one incident at the beginning of the trip. The old Chrysler Crown Marine M-7 started to miss after we were 15 minutes from the slip. I brought the boat back to the berth at a crawl and set set about to fix the problem. Fuel OK, points OK, ignition wires and terminals OK. Spark at the plugs OK. It turned out that the problem was two loose spark plug terminal contacts. Those things have an uncanny way of unscrewing themselves after a lot of heat cycles. I changed out all six plugs anyway just to be on the safe side as the plugs had been in use for three years. An hour later we were back on the water.
Peace, quiet and time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the estuary are the goals of gunkholing. We explore the vicinity and get some exercise with inflatable row boats. There are plenty of birds to watch.
We had a nice thunderstorm at dusk on Friday.