Boating & Biking Adventures

Category: Technical

🤿…more equipment…😉

🙋‍♂️ Yesterday I have picked-up my new diving equipment from a local diving school/shop here in the Marina Coruña. It is a 10l bottle with regulators and a pressure manometer. The rest needed I already got onboard. My main purpose is to be able to check the propeller and perhaps replace some zink anodes and remove some fishing lines accidentally caught. The second reason is to be able to dive down to the anchor, if and when needed. Shall be fun and I am looking forward to use it. Fair winds…🤿

Steering bearing replacement…🛠

Today we replaced the two horizontal bearings on the steering wheel system. It had too much play and Susan brought the spare set. With the help of Ralf from SY malwieder it worked out well and some crucial tools are now added to the purchasing list. One more item off the ToDo list. Fair winds…

Generator headache over…👌

Our Fischer Panda 6.5kW generator has only accumlated 170h in 19 years. Basically it is brand-new but…aging pays its tribute. It only reluctantly started the last few weeks until it completely stopped 2 days back not giving any kind of signal anymore while pressing the START button. Reading, research and testing got intensified and the culprit was found this morning…a 10$ relay, which deteriorated over time until complete failure. Spares are ordered. Boat life…

Luck was with us, but…

Replacement switch is ordered but 6 weeks lead time. ☹️ We will survive! 😀

It all worked fine, some minor adjustments here and there and we produced small amount of potable water with 116ppm! This confirms pumps and membranes are in good order BUT the low pressure switch gives an alarm – we suspect at this point in time – and switches both pumps off with a time delay.

Wish us luck tomorrow…🤞

The onboard documentation is good. 👍

Tomorrow we will try to produce some potable water with our onboard watermaker. I will get some support from HR Germany here in Ancora Marina. It has been put into conservation in 2005 and never touched since then. A pure matter of luck?!? 🤞🤞🤞

Watermaker preparation 💧

☝️This item was open on the To Do List for 10 years. During winter berth 2009/10 one solenoid got cracked from some freezing although the rest of the fresh water system was emptied at that time. However, there was a very small amount of water left causing the valve later to leak. It got temporary fixed blocking the line. Spare valve got ordered and installed today! Next week we are going to produce our own potable water, all going well, first time!🤞

The vice in action for 2nd time - great tool!
Installation completed. System ready to go.

Engine work completed…

Compression Test after 1000h operation.
Diesel filter gauge added for early warning.

One more ✔️ on the list

Leaking diesel sump hand pump fixed (O-Ring displaced)…good start into the day! 👍

Shaft Shark on its way…

Shaft Shark Illustration

Dear all,
to enhance safety on board we are going to install a robe cutter on our propeller shaft to cut off any lines, wires, plastic, etc. to keep the propeller free of debris and therefore spinning. There are numerous examples of catching lines while at sea and before jumping into the water to free the propeller, I hope, that this first level risk mitigation will do its job and jumping into the water remain a pure pleasure event. Delivery is from US and let’s cross fingers it will arrive sometime next week, ready to be installed at our upcoming March haul out.

The US Post tracking system works well up to now and it is interesting that the parcel is routed via Jamaica originating from Newport/RI – the US Sailing mecca. Let’s cross fingers it will arrive sometimes next week, which is the promise given.
Fair winds…
Bernd