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.