a grand tidy up

Over the last few days a major break through has occurred. There has been some tidying and sorting out and the world is a little less complicated.

Fantastic advance One:


This used to be a berth referred to as the coffin, so-called as there was so much space underneath the back deck that you would mostly be contained in a little box if you wanted to sleep there. I took the cushions and wood off of the outside half of this, leaving the gap there and left the wood in the back bit to make a shelf. Now there are two lots of storage that go way back, getting a lot of stuff out the way.


I’ve even put the stuff that needs it in boxes that seal and written a list of what’s down there to minimise rummaging.  Oh yeah.

Fantastic Advance Two:

After installing the new leisure battery (the black one) and doing other electrical bits and pieces, the electrics were functional but a mess.


The SO did a fine job at making it understandable to someone who isn’t him:


Now the batteries just need insulating and boxing up. But that’s for another day for sure.

what’s inside the boat?

I did a bit of investigation around the windows today to see where they are leaking from.

The water seems to seep in somewhere around the window and then follow the wall wood down and drip off the bottom, so the wood needs to come of to investigate, but to take the wood off the cupboard also needs to come out, which it was going to anyway cause it blocks the front windows.


Amongst the spiders and weird dust babies and itchy, itchy insulation you can see that there are wooden struts along the inside of the window. It looks like the screws on the outside of the frame go through the frame and into these wooden struts to hold the window on. Weirdly they have no sealant, silicone or even washers around them so the water can come straight through and when the wood is soaked it starts to drip. I just can’t get my head round why someone would put screws through the walls of a boat that is in england without trying to make sure that it didn’t leak! Maybe there used to be sealant there, but it has completely disappeared with age?


Anyway, after working out that it was probably coming through the frame and not around it I’m going to put off taking the windows out to fix it for a less lazy day. In the meantime I’m going to silicon up the screw heads and the gap around the window and hope that works as a temporary solution. Looks like the weather might be gearing up to check my work:




oh the shame

So after fiddling about with the engine and getting it so it would probably move the boat, I decided to take a trip up to the marina to get diesel, gas and water. I was also going to take a broken-down friend who wanted to empty his toilet and chuck some rubbish and pick up some water as well. He went to get all his stuff ready, and I went to sort out the boat.

I’m going to blame the midday sun, but on enthusiastically remembering that I should check whether the radiator was full or not before setting off as the water pump has been leaking, I leaned over and managed to pour almost a whole litre of water into the oil tank. Oh. Great. Wow. What an error.

I hadn’t turned the engine on, so I was really hopeful that it would be easy to sort out. I ignored my friends advice to not bother and just turn the engine on and made a shameful, shameful, ashamed phone call to my uncle to admit to my mistake and ask advice. He laughed, told me it would be fine to drain it, and told me that he’s known mechanics with years experience to do it too (I think that was a lie, but I appreciate it anyway!).

So came the big oil change that I’ve been meaning to do since I got the boat, but haven’t seeing as I didn’t want to waste a whole engines worth of oil that might be fine anyway. I pumped all of the water and oil using the handy pump that was attached to the sump.


Then took the pump off to drain the very last bits out as I figured that the water would be at the bottom.


Weirdly I got 5 litres of liquid out, but could only put in 3.5 litres till the dip stick said it was over full. The oil capacity in the manual is stated as 5.1 litres. Oh well, another mystery.