Saturday, 21 February 2015

Trip to Lola

Refurbished Morso.  Top job, new flue as well. (Photo to follow)

The new radiators and the gsm remote switch on for the webasto work a treat, lovely and warm boat when we arrived.

Looking forward to getting back out in April to take boat for its annual blacking and then the repaint, good times!  Hopefully will make up for my business trips to Gdansk and Denver, Colorado which I do not enjoy.

My weekly commute between Nottingham and Bristol continues and I am getting used to it now.  Went down to the floating harbour and looked enviously on at the narrow boats there.


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Some winter work

So, a few things.  We had problems with starting the engine, lots of white smoke and lengthy starts.  I was a bit worried but decided a thorough analysis was required.  But before I went too far I asked Geoff Taylor to take a look.  He followed the electrical circuit and found the glow plugs were not working, even though the heat indicator was working.  Found the cable feeding the plugs had not been fitted properly.  A quick refit and she starts quick as ever, very pleased is I.

Next was to fit a webasto thermo call gsm unit.  Tested today and again, works lovely.  I connect via an apple app.  I am very pleased with this as I have also had Geoff fit two extra radiators to the system, bringing the number of rads to 4 with the seating also benefitting from the pipe runs.  The unit delivers and confirms starts, stops, timed run periods and temperature.  This is ideal for us as we can set the unit to operate so when we get to the boat it is toasty.  This makes a huge difference to comfort.

Next job is a replacement door for the morso squirrel and a new flue.  Following this we have a few weekends to enjoy the boat and then it's off for its blacking.  After that Lola is booked in for a complete repaint, from steel.  Not a huge fan of the shiny brigade, but the boat is looking really crap on the outside with paint peeling off etc. So Lola will look good from the outside as well as the inside.

There is always work to do but money needs to be saved.  My last big job is a new/refurbished kitchen but there is no rush, the house needs some tlc too.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

A few non-Boaty Jobs

Mrs D has been complaining about her brakes for a wee while.  So, I decided to take a look and found that both pads and discs were worn out.  The car had done 65,000 miles on the same set of pads so it was time.  Wheel off, spring off, pads screws removed, pads removed, disc assembly removed, disc off.  No problem.  Off to the auto motive factors for new discs and pads, I had disc cleaners and grease already but I did need a box of gloves.  New Ferodo bits and back to the car.  First set on, no bother.  Second set was a bit more trying, the bolt nuts were shot so the 13 mil did not work.  instead I got the half inch hex and hammered it on.  Worked a treat off an on.  Then it was time to put the pad retaining spring back on.  What a pain, these things either slip right on or are buggers.  I got a bugger.  30 minutes later, it was on.  The other wheel took 10 seconds.  Job done, quick test drive with gentle braking and the pads and discs were bedding lovely, no squeaks or brake squealing.  I had done the discs and pads on the bigger car a month earlier so I am ok with the job.  Much more in terms of mechanical engineering and I rely on others to assist but I do like a bit of maintenance.  shame on me re the boat, I always have someone do it for me.

Next boaty outing will be a short trip on Tuesday to give the engine an hour of activity.  no boating planned until Easter I think when we might take her out for the holidays.  I may have to move the boat towards Bristol in the new year to assist with my job which is split across a number of differing sites, Bristol being HQ for us.  If I do it might be Hilperton marina subject to vacancies.

No piccies today