I talked to the mechanic today, and here is the news. First, the shop that the head was brought into checked it all out and found no cracks. Nothing wrong in fact. Best news I could have hoped to hear.
The transmission was simply the nut at the rear coming off. I’m pretty sure due to the engine not being aligned properly, but really who knows? No damage was done inside, so it’s basically a matter of putting in a new seal and a new nut, and attaching the tranny to the engine once again. Again, the news couldn’t have been better.
It’s looking more and more like we escaped any damage whatsoever. I can go back to the boat whenever I feel like it, spend a day or two putting things back together, adjusting a few things here and there, and splashing back into the water. I was pretty well stoked by this conversation today.
Last week we had a ton of rain here in Mazatlan, and that appears to have brought out every sort of critter imaginable. I already mentioned the bat in the house. We got rid of him and replaced him with a rat. The rat didn’t get in the house, but somehow got himself trapped in the courtyard after scaling a wall and a tree to get in (we assume). Attempts to neutralize the threat are ongoing, though at the moment it appears he’s found his way back out of the yard. Moths the size of our hands flying around inside the house are a nightly occurrence. A few cockroaches have shown up. I don’t think anywhere in Mexico is immune to them. And then Ali discovered this thing hiding behind the toothbrushes. I was out at the time, but amazingly she managed to trap it underneath a glass and leave it for me to dispose of when I returned. Because I had no stomach for smooshing something so big I carried him to the neighbors house and let him go there instead.
I’m joking. But I did take him out and set him free.