How we crossed the Atlantic with a nail file

The adventures of Skipper Splodge and mack
Ian Cheek
Thu 23 Sep 2010 10:31

So much for my day off, as soon as I'm up and washed, they break the boat. The wind had died so they went to unfurl the head sail, and the furling motor jammed on, quick as a flash I cut the 24volts system to the boat, and it stopped, now to find out why.


The solenoid had jammed engaged, and had been sparking, so a nice burning smell welcomed us when we looked at the pump, Richard fearing the worse may have used a rude word. Disconnecting the solenoid, and taking it apart it was well and truly burnt . With a file the contacts were cleaned, and without a nail file to polish the contacts we would not have got it working again, (Richard had some needle files but they were some ware on the boat, but were we do not know). All assembled, and the furling motor is up and running.


Looks like I will be bringing a few extra cloths when I fly back out and excess baggage due to spares.


So back to my day off, which means making the crew lunch.