Friday, August 12th – Ft. Myers, FL
Rented a car on Thursday from the Lehigh Acres office. Dave couldn’t believe how the area had grown up since he was here in the late 80’s. Took a ride into Labelle…stopped at Flora and Ellas for lunch. That was where we were heading when the boat broke on Tuesday. Their slogan “Life is unpredictable, Eat Desert First” has been one of Dave’s favorite saying since we went there years ago. The sisters, Flora and Ella, have now both passed away. The property has been sold, the family is carrying on the tradition and they are still selling those fabulous homemade pies. We stopped at a couple real estate offices and as we had heard they confirmed that property values have gone crazy over here. The riverfront lot that we sold for 95K a couple of years ago is worth well over 500K now. We though we did well…but, guess we should have held onto it a little longer.
Came back to the marina about 4:00 to see what Chuck had heard from Volvo. He hadn’t! So a call to them came back with an answer first that the out-drive had been shipped. Five minutes later another call came in to say no, it hadn’t been shipped, but that they were having to build one. We have one of Volvo’s new salt water out-drives and they are not as readily available. Needless to say, we were not very happy! Dave called our friend at the Rinker Manufacturer, Gainer…the gentlemen who has been calling us regularly. Gainer wasn’t very happy either and told us he’d make some calls. It wasn’t too long until we received a call from Scott, from Volvo…the guy who helped us with the problem in Panama City. Dave conversed with him a couple more times during the evening.
This morning, Friday, while Dave was in the office reading the paper, Scott, from Volvo, called Chuck to say he was on his way with an out-drive and that he’d be here about noon. We returned the rental car and came back to the marina. When Scott arrived he not only brought the drive, but he jumped in and led the technician in the removal and assembly of the new one. It was great to see that happening, because he seemed very matriculate about what he was doing. He insisted that the lines be flushed, blowed out, and flushed again until he was sure the metal shaving were out of the system. He also had the technician realign the engine. We were very impressed at his attention to detail. He also insisted that before it went back in the water that the shifting be checked and insisted on taking it out in the water himself and testing. It’s 7:00…too late to head out, so we’re going to get an early start in the morning. Will try to make it to one of our favorite places, Captain Hiram’s in Sebastain tomorrow.