Retro

Looking forward to things

Firstly, on the 31st of July my mum and dad are coming to see us for the first time since TT was craned, dropped, plopped into Mercia marina in early December. They’re staying in a hotel nearby, so we’ve already started on “boat work.” Don’t ask about details, but I’m sure you’ll understand…
 
Jobs to get done that have been sat waiting for a while get tackled by Mr and Mrs Mop here, most importantly, (big deal with a big bow) all cobwebs outside on there are carefully disposed of. So we’ll have to pull out all the stops, and show them how beautiful it is where we live where we’re moored. And how appealing it is in this area of the world, (shouldn’t be difficult). No doubt the guide of canal side pubs will be high on the agenda…

 
For those who may doubt, we do go out, we do. But it’s when we want, where we want, even if it’s been limited this year because of the weather, it’s not a problem. We wouldn’t want to go out in this shitty weather, so what? Just like many other liveaboards, being out on the canals is not the priority, it’s a choice, not a requirement to living on a boat at all. Twenty thousand reasons better living in a floating apartment, rather than a bricks n’ mortar one…
Right, well, that´s that sorted…

Just six days after mom and pops visit we’re flying to Germany for a couple of weeks to stay with our son, his wife, and our grandson. Parental Bliss – being with our soldier and his family…

And there’s a story to that too, we booked our flights there, and later found out about the Olympics fiasco. We were worried he might end up being called over here while we were supposed to be over there!

After a few phone calls we discovered that because he was on “ops” for his next tour of duty, this incompetent government couldn’t call him up. Phew! Forget the cost of cancelled flights, it’s all about them being with us and us being with them for a while…! And the massive bonus is he’s being deployed to Cyprus this time, not Afghan again, 6 months away, but in relative safety…

 
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Finally, and much less importantly, on the subject of our dead Bow thruster: Both motor and solenoid were removed today by the Ian “the exceptional” engineer. He’s going to strip down the solenoid as to “cause of death” by carrying out a bench test, so that we can perhaps do something to prevent it happening in the future…

He’s already identified the probable cause: Condensation coming from a hole in the insulation (close to where the motor and solenoid are seated). It’s a gap that had to be made, so the guys could fit the BT in the first place. Ian showed us a couple of corroded (rusted) terminals before taking it away…

Going back in time, I vividly remember when the insulation was removed (for access to fit the bow thruster gubbins). Tom was on standby inside the boat with a fire extinguisher at the ready, while Greg was angle grinding and ripping the stuff out – a heart stopping moment indeed…

So first thing tomorrow, Dave’s going to fill the gap with some waterproof boarding from Midland chandlers. Good job it’s this side of the water tank, all the insulation round that makes it eezy to get at from inside the boat…

However, following the theme on here, we can look forward to it being put right, even if it costs… But when…? 

Do we regret not being able to go boating during this time? No chance, we’ve got too much else to prepare for…!

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