Annual Boat Maintenance

Paul Downie
Sun 2 Sep 2007 14:17
It has been a busy 10 days - the Boatyard is very busy so we have completed all the following jobs:
- cleaning and teak-oiling of all exterior woodwork,
- replaced with new, gland packing and topped up the grease tube,
- oil change and filter replaced with new,
- fuel filter found to be slightly loose - could this be the reason for the engine cutting out after starting, which has got more frequent? Tightened the filter and engine starts OK now every time....that's put a big smile on my face!
- new LED light fitted forward cabin
- got the Dive Compressor working
- sanded and painted the coach-roof

Boatyard still busy so I jumped in and scraped the hull myself part-snorkelling, part-diving. Now clean as a whistle and should last another 6-12 months.

During this time I wanted to fit the wind conversion kit to the Aquair towing generator - firstly I needed a stainless steel pole to extend the pole-mount....this has proved to be a nightmare. I ordered 38mm s/s tube from the chandlery, I took in the aluminium tube pole-mount so that they had the dimensions, when I went back to get my pole they had jammed the wrong end and they couldn't release it! So in the end I had to drill new holes at the top of the aluminium pole-mount so that I can fit the pivot assembly to mount the generator. I have worn out one pair of shoes with the number of times that I went back and forth between Barada and the chandlery. Still havn't fitted the wind-generator because:
- when I came to fit it I found parts were missing, to be exact the Pivot Assembly, so I am awaiting delivery from the UK,
- when I disconnected the towing generator I found that one of the male pins had disintegrated in the in-line plug and socket, so I have had to order a new plug and socket.
I am not at all impressed with the customer-service of Ampair, which is part of Boost Energy Systems in Berkshire, as it is very lack-lustre and apathetic!!

Also looking at solar panels as another form of energy generation (with Euros saved from haul-out).
Wil try to include photos it was not possible to attach before......of Dusky Grouper, baby Loggerhead Turtle and the frogman who cleaned the hull. Here goes.....

JPEG image

Windows bitmap

JPEG image