Out with the Old, In with the New

  Tuesday, December 18, 2012 / Brian / Projects Maintenance  

When we began the process of building a new exhaust system. One piece that had to go was our muffler. Here it is welded out of stainless steel.

After reading up on how the exhaust should be installed, all the experts agreed that after water was injected into the exhaust line it should run downhill all the way into the muffler. That makes the elbow on top of this muffler a real problem. It is on the inlet to the muffler, so the exhaust gases have to push the injected water uphill at least a little bit. In addition the welds were starting to rust on the bottom of the muffler, possibly leaking a little bit of salt water. We decided to replace the muffler with one better suited to our boat. After speaking with Centek about the correct muffler for our engine we had a plan. We were going to replace our metal muffler with a fireproof, rust proof, fiberglass muffler. In addition we could get a muffler that had the inlet on the side, making it easier to mount the muffler below the water injection point. Just before calling Centek back to place the order I contacted Defender to see what their price was for a similar muffler. They had the exact same muffler listed for a much lower price. Unfortunately they didn't have it in stock, but they could have Centek ship it directly to me...I don't quite understand the pricing, but I'm happy to keep the extra dollars! Here is the new muffler safely installed in the engine room.

Now all we had to do was come up with something to do with the old muffler. We came up with a lot of ideas, but we're starting to think this muffler-like object isn't really good for anything anymore. We tried using it as a dumbbell to keep us in shape since we've been anchored for so long.

We tried using it as an anchor for the dinghy...

We tried using it as a watering can for our new thyme plant..

We tried using it as a teakettle...

We tried using it as a new musical instrument, very tubalike but without any pleasing sounds.

We had it try out for "The Wizard of OZ" but they found a better tin-man...

However our muffler was most successful as an internet billboard to deliver this message!


  1. From Janet Heinly on Dec 22, 2012
    Merry Christmas, Stephanie and Brain! I agreed that you are the #1 blog, (and the only blog I follow :-) ) I have been loving following your adventures. You have even taught me some of the geography of the Virginia and coastal region that I have been close to and never visited, especially the Great Dismal Swamp, and Intercoastal Waterway. Next time we're headed to Sandbridge I'll be saying "oh, Stephanie and Brian passed by here!!" Have a great new year and keep us posted!

  2. From stephanie on Dec 21, 2012
    Thanks Kim! I'm glad you're tagging along with us.

  3. From stephanie on Dec 21, 2012
    Congrats! Not only are you our biggest fan...but now you are the lucky winner of our old muffler! (Shipping not included.)

  4. From stephanie on Dec 21, 2012
    Thanks, Crystal! I'm glad you have a fun way to keep track of us crazy kids!

  5. From Paula on Dec 20, 2012

  6. From Crystal Kimble on Dec 19, 2012
    Your blog never fails to amuse. At least you are able to joke about your situation and entertain your readers at the same time. Very creative and witty.

  7. From Kim Fisch on Dec 19, 2012
    Merry Christmas to you two! I've been following your blog since its inception. In early June, I spoke with Kathy who described your adventure. A Honesdale native, I've known Kathy for years, as she was a Girl Scout leader for my daughter, Sarah. I'm so enthralled by your adventurous spirit. This is my favorite blog. I love how I can go on this adventure with you - God speed~

  8. From Dennis on Dec 19, 2012
    Merry Christmas guys! I love this post!!!

  9. From Anthyllide on Dec 18, 2012
    There must be something in the water here in St. Marys! You guys have started to loose your marbles as well. Hilarious post. Thanks for being our broken down engine buddies.

  10. From Mark Lechner on Dec 18, 2012
    Yes you are the number 1 blog out there and I'm your biggest fan! You guys are so cool. Happy Holidays.