Monday, 20 December 2021

20th December 2021

Category: Woodwork

Maintenance/Repair Details: Following maintenance and repairs to the woodwork in the wheelhouse the side panels were rubbed down and re-varnished. This included the central engine bay panels which have always been of a light oak in colour, not mahogany as the rest of the woodwork. This has now been rectified and they match the rest of the wheelhouse panels.

Parts and/or Items Used: Wood Preserver, Wood Stain/Varnish

Monday, 13 December 2021

13th December 2021

Category: Engines (updated as work progresses):

Having completed the installation of the fireproof/sound proofing on the port engine attention was turned to re-installing the reconditioned raw water pump on the stbd engine. The installation which I am glad to say was far simpler than the port installation and now complete. 

Will return and test the raw water pump tomorrow, winterising the engine if all checks out O.K.

14th December - Stbd raw water test O.K. All engine maintenance now completed and wheel house returned to a tidy state.

Parts and/or Items Used: Reconditioned raw water pump.

Thursday, 9 December 2021

8th December 2021

Category: Engines (updated as work progresses):

Commenced re-installation of both raw water pumps by installing the new pump on the port engine. What was thought to be a straightforward job turned into a 6 hour nightmare. Having struggled to install the new pump and reconnect the water pipes I realised that our engineer had fitted the pulley wheel the wrong way around. That meant dismantling all the work done to date, removing the pump, pulling the wheel off the shaft reversing it and refitting. Then the whole act of reinstalling was repeated. Having installed the pump the last thing to do was refit the alternator, easier said than done. With little room to get my hand underneath the the alternator fitting the retaining bolts was a drawn out process resulting in frequent stretching under the engine to retrieve dropped bolts, nuts or washers. 

Will return and test both raw water pump and alternator in a few days time, need a couple of days off! 

11th December - Raw water pump tested O.K so antifreeze pumped through the port engine cooling system, alternator function O.K. Stern gland greaser refilled. Work on the port engine now complete.

p.s have already insured the stbd pump pulley wheel is the right way around.

Parts and/or Items Used: Raw water pump.

New pump installed on port side engine.