Thanks Tom! It was great to meet you.
So, what happened?
I ran it on Friday and at the very end of my run the pump stopped working. No smoke or smell of a burned motor. I could see the green light working, but still no pump. If I sucked on the tube, it would free up and begin running. I tried to flush the motor out and tested it. It seemed to work fine. On Saturday, I took the sub out and was able to run her. Surfacing and diving, surfacing and diving, boy that sub looked good, then I dove her a little deeper than I wanted tried to fire the pump to empty the tank, but she kept going down and the pump did not bring her up. I did an all stop. Tried a whole bunch of maneuvers to bring it up, but nothing. I thought the diver would have found it, but he did not. He tried also on Sunday.
I should not have run with a possible bad pump. I should have followed good safe practices. Lesson learned, but I earned the Davy Jones Award!
The Gato ran well. It did a funky dive (like a surface boat attendee turned on his radio), but the gas system brought it up. My heart did not do so well. Visions of another diver searching for the Gato came to mind. Since then I did not want to run the Skipjack or Gato. Lost my confidence.
So, am I going to give up the hobby? Definitely NO! Plans are being made to make a Type XXIII Mark II - Tina (my wife) had pity on me and gave me the O.K.
The next sub to be built will be the one Sam (my son) and I build together - Skipjack mini. Then on off days I will rebuild the Type XXIII.
If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.