The visit started at Shoreline Marine Diesel where Mark presented me with the replacement alternator provided at no charge under warranty to me by Volvo. We brought up a photo of the original alternator before I removed it from the engine and we discussed the installation process. We then discussed measurements to be taken at various rpm to assess the performance of the re pitched propeller, as well as the maintenance to be done at 50 hours of running time. From this discussion Mark thought that carrying a spare head cover gasket would be a good idea and that was subsequently ordered.
I then followed Mark to his property which I think is between Port Hadlock and Port Ludlow. It is on an acre of land, backing onto a handsome forest, and on a hill with glimpses of Puget Sound.
Then I got a big surprise when we visited the large sauna that he designed and built several years ago. We passed through the first section that contained a bench and shower to enter the sauna itself with its two tiers of benches and stove with rocks on top of it. Mark told me that they have reached temperatures of 225 F but they prefer it 20 or 30 degrees lower. (Eat you heart out, Ib!)
Then I got a tour of the house which like the sauna showed lots of thought and reflected Mark's love of wood and years of experience in the logging industry. He seemed to know each piece of wood by species, quality, and where it came from. He showed me how the end grain on one of the stair posts indicated what sort of life the tree had had. I'll let the photographs (some provided by Mark) speak for themselves. Note the loft that supports a double bed. Note also the mortise and tenon joints.
|Shower at Sauna Ante Room|
Mark is too smart to have a boat. He says that his house is his boat. And a worthy boat it is indeed.
|Loft off Second Floor|
|Cool Swing Out Screen in Main BR|