Ahhh, we have the boat! We've been spending a lot of time on the boat. It is absolutely perfect for our needs. It has plenty of space, and KJ loves her room! We are still learning all the systems. The first time out we learned the hard way about the switch for the fuel tanks.
Taking the boat out the first time, we slowly motored out of the marina. As we entered the main channel (with lots of boat traffic going on both sides of us), the boat engine died! After a few frantic moments, we called the person we bought the boat from and he had no idea. Of course, my thoughts were that we had been had! After ruminating on the situation a few minutes, with lots of colorful words, we figured out that the engine was starved for fuel. Looking at the switch that selects the fuel tank, it became apparant that we misread the double ended fuel leaver ... it was pointed to the "Off" position ... of course, the opposite side of off was "Port". We used the wrong end of the switch as the indicator! Once we figured that out, the engine fired right up and we were on our way. Talk about a stressful 10 minues!! Once on our way, we moved out of the main flow of the channel and pulled up the main sail (once we got the boat facing into the wind), and we were under sail power!!! We spent the next 3 hours sailing around the lake. Our max speed was 3.1 knots, we only sailed under the main (keeping the jib for another day). KJ and I jumped off the boat and were dragged behind the boat on a beautiful day. As the day ended, we doused the sail and motored back in. Under power, the boat comfortably motored at 5 knots. The gas consumption was absolutely absurd. That Honda engine just sips gas.
The first outing was fantastic. We had our first issue, had some tense moments, try some solutions, and eventually figured it all out and had a marvelous first day.