Engineer hard at work

Scot Free III
Frank & Anne
Mon 27 Sep 2021 11:01
F spent all Saturday on hands and knees with head in the engine solving the starting problem. Social media is a mixed blessing, similar problems experienced by many others over the years offered very dubious advice. However, a fellow Ovni owning engineer did a complete analysis of the dreaded “box” and designed his own system. He emailed sheafs of diagrams and pages of CAN bus sentences (whatever they are). The dreaded printer had to be connected again for diagrams to be printed. A quicker process this time. Each wire was tested with a multimeter, with occassional shouts of: OK stick this probe in that hole, does that light up, push that button…anything?? Success!!! Finally…. the discovery of a dodgy connector on the box solved the problem. The expensive MDI replacement unit yet another “spare”.
Most outdoor jobs completed or on hold until sun comes out again. No room for A down below, so shopped for essentials!- sandpaper and teak oil. Sat in warmth of yacht club chilling, listening to podcasts and on the internet. Remembering chlorine hair of the children’s younger days, checked for effects of iron in the well water. Increased wrinkles(nooooo) and rusty low lights(nooooo again). Blue rinse in order when home.
Sunday saw some rain. Seemed rude not to have brunch out while waiting for skies to clear. Arrived at club later with intention of changing flights. On hold for an hour and gave up. First call back slot on Tuesday evening, will wait until then.
Several more jobs completed. Heating checked and allowed to run for half an hour to clear pipes. It worked so well F had to come up on deck to cool down. Calorifier(hot water cylinder) drained and winterised. Rusty anchor chain donated to club. Still a lot of strength in it, but would damage windlass so a new one will be ordered.
Day finished with usual shopping trip. F on a roll, he even mended the shopping trolley!