Post by pilgrim17 on Oct 27, 2015 13:06:14 GMT 1
Getting a bit concerned
Having not been down the marina since I moved the boat to its new berth, the weather has been against me getting down there (you have no idea how the wind affects a small motorbike, with a fat git sat on it), I only hope that Steve has been down to check. I want to check the ropes as well as the bilges, so if the rain eases after dinner I will go down & have a look at it, & let you know how things are later on when I get back!
Well the rain did ease up after dinner so I went down as I had threatened, & all was well, the forward bilge pumped out automatically when I got on board, & I checked the engine oil & water, & the stern bilge was empty as well so the automatic pumps are working fine. I ran the engine for a while to put some charge into the batteries because the little solar charger wont keep up with the power drain from the bilge pumps, but it makes sure there is still sufficient life in the batteries to turn the engine to start it. I dipped the fuel tank & there is still ~ 57litres in the tank enough for a few more trips before I need to fill up again, so I will have time to work on those jerry cans. I think I may have to rethink the mooring ropes too, everybody else has a couple of "bootlaces" front & back, & I have bow & stern spring lines, bow & stern tether lines, & a couple of others for good measure, & a huge buoy to stop the bow hitting the pontoon, I think I need to "downsize"
Well I have some lunatics who want to go out on Sunday (on a day between 2 tsunami's) I am pretty sure that like last week the water will be too dirty for good results drifting, & I have no intention of putting the anchor down to provide "Danny Boy" with dogfish for whelk bait, but if they want to go & waste their money I will take it off them as long as the weather is ok.