Four Sailors from my favourite forum turned up today
Bill turned up with the ball valves for the cockpit drains – £65.. We were just finishing fitting them and were about to start looking at the the electrics and decipher which wires were which – coffee to help us think clearly was brewing and then suddenly a bloke called Dave turned up. Dave used to do the maintenance on a fleet of 100 charter yachts – he now sails a junk rigged virgo voyager.
Dave can read and interpret a wiring loom the way a preacher can read a psalm. First he tested the batteries – he said they will probably be OK. I will soon learn what capacity they have. He then found the bad place where the domestic battery was refusing to talk to the domestic spagetti panel
He had them speaking withing minutes – he worked out what did things and he worked out which wires were doing nothing.
Bill and I watched in amazement – the bloke is a like a ferret – in a good way – he thinks so fast for a no young bloke with a grey beard who looks like a sprightly vicar.
Then Dave supervised the checking of the fuel tank. He pushed a pipe down through the filler cap and pushed it to the lowest point on the tank and used a small hand pump to suck a few litres out of the bottom of the tank. he looked at the fuel and declared it fit. he told me to chuck away what we have in the can and fill the tank with fresh fuel.
he said the engine will be fine
we will not start it until the first week in march – It is not the end of winter yet –
Dave told me that I should probably get rid of the old radio and put one in with DSC
but said that I could put an aerial on the radar arch thereby freeing up the masthead for my beloved penant.
he said that I should replace the standing rigging.
I intend doing everything he tells me to.
Two other blokes I know from the sailing forums also called by – one with an invitation to a Tuesday gathering of Chichester Harbour sailors and the other carrying a plastic bag of beer and pork pies. Both most welcome.
The four of us had a very agreeable lunch picnic lunch in the cabin
– Bill and Dave did not drink and are vegetarians – but it was four sailors who had never met sitting down and doing what sailors do best – and that is to yarn a bit about sailing.
We discussed watch patterns for a crew of three blokes sailing around the clock – three hours was suggested because four hours in the cockpit can be pretty tiring
A very good day indeed.
wiring is starting to look simpler
the operators side of the panel and with a bunk light above it
Miracle Dave’s first stab at a wiring diagream for the battery arrangement – done in seconds while he talked to us – really impressive
Dubbla is the swedish word for double
I am assuming that the engine will sing out its own name in swedish all day long.
flourescent light over the table
light in the bog with fally down ceiling
forward berth light
wet lockerport light – leaks a little
An origo long lighter – never seen one before
bog ceiling – yeuch
wet locker lining held up with glue gun glue – not perfect but better