Saturday, 23 February 2008

New Battery Charger With Some Grunt

We went to Preston Brook chandlers in Warrington this morning, Dave rang up last week to check that they had the right battery charger in stock. They did and it cost £200 plus £50 just for the cables. Got some nice mats while we were there too, for the stairs at both the front and back of the boat.

So Dave fitted the battery charger himself. WOW it's like having a new boat! We can have the ceiling lights on (all of them) and they're brighter too.

Also the CH radiators are giving off more heat, it's hard to believe the difference it's made, no more having to run the engine at night so the central heating will fire up, (that was truly embarrassing).

The now redundant trickle charger will be disposed of correctly, because it's useless, always was...

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Research And Reluctance

Dave got up early again this aft to ring round about the new battery charger, looks like we'll have to go to a chandlery near Warrington. Seems like the guy Dave spoke to really knew what he was talking about, it's getting the right wires and connectors that's the crucial thing.
Later on (back at the house) we both went through Liam's stuff together, left it till last because he isn´t here to sort it himself. On the phone he told me to throw all sorts away, but I just couldn´t. Trying to sell a house involves sorting the wheat from the chaff and keeping everything meaningful in storage. We have this "policy" whereby "if in doubt keep it," because a wide beam can take it...

This is a horrible job to do on behalf of our son, but has to be done. The good thing to come out of this is that we're certain we haven't got rid of anything he might want, or need in the future. In fact we really didn't throw out anything other than a black bag full of REAL rubbish!! Consequently his multitude of belongings are now well organised at the boat, under the bed. Where we can easily find things if necessary, without having to rummage through...

Method amidst madness...

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Doctor David On Call

Dave got up early to pick up some tools on our way to the boat, which might assist him in making a diagnosis regarding the batteries.

Turns out, as we expected, the batteries are fine – it’s the "trickle charger" that just isn't getting enough power through into them. In other words we need something with a bit more lot more ooomph. Jeez you have to live and learn on a boat...
 
We got some advice about getting a proper battery charger,, which one,, which are the right connectors, and HOW MUCH it´ll cost...

But would that be enough? Each job creates another two on this badly behaved vessel, with no respite...

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Auto Pilot Back On Strike

This morning we awoke to a frozen marina again, but it was nothing like before when it froze for a week. Just a thin layer of ice with no movement on the water.

On a different note, the monitor for the batteries was telling us they're fully charged, but power was low, very low. So much so that the central heating wouldn't, couldn't stay on! What the????


So we ran the engine AGAIN (third time in 24 hours) gave up and went round to see some friends instead. At least their boat was warm! Never mentioned the new problem because we thought it was "just a glitch.” Plus we felt embarrassed.
When we got back to TT Dave did an hour's fishing till it went dark, but after tea, the heating only lasted an hour and wouldn't come back on...
So what were we supposed to do? Stay overnight in minus freezing temperature with no heating, or go back to the house???
In this particular situation the latter seemed like the best option, (weird) but it did. So we packed up and left. What really swung it for me (without any regrets) was that Dave said he'd get round to filling in the "rut" we still have in the dining room floor. Caused by moving A CENTRAL HEATING RADIATOR... 

Yup OK, another job ticked off one list, even if the boat seems to have another list in the making...

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Bad Timing For Magic Mushrooms

Makes you wonder what you'd do without central heating radiators on a boat. Especially when I had to get up at 7am to switch the central heating on manually. Thanks to me accidently killing the control panel that does it on auto pilot. I went back to bed while it warmed up. It was minus 5 degrees last night. Brrrrrr!

Dave sorted the timer out when he got here later on. Then went out to clean the mushrooms on top of the boat. While he was up there he got a text from one of his mates, letting him know his football team had won 4 - 0, men, typical.


So he sent a text back later to say that he'd been "on the roof cleaning his mushrooms." No doubt the guy wouldn't have a clue what he meant. A vision of Dave sat peeling magic mushrooms on the roof flashed before my eyes.
Later on we had to run the engine to "power up" the batteries for the second time today, it worked. But we couldn't help thinking it was a bit ominous, and no, it had nothing to do with me messing up the timer.


This was a new problem to do with shore power, hmm, what next? Can´t get the present problem fixed before another crops up...

Friday, 15 February 2008

New Boat Licence

The new boat licence arrived today (runs out at the end of February). We got a small percentage knocked off because we applied for it in advance.

It wasn't exactly difficult to sort out, but all the same, it's yet another new experience for us to learn about...

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Happy Valentines


We're both a couple of softy's when it comes to Valentines Day, we always buy each other a card and present. I came downstairs this morning to find 12 beautiful red roses waiting for me. Then came the harsh reality of the list of jobs I had to do at the house today…
 
Priming and glossing some cupboard doors white and then, at long last I managed to clean the bathroom, got it looking just like new again. It’s come up gleaming white as opposed to grotty grey thanks to a layer of brick dust and sawdust. It's been left that way for a while because up till now I'd have been wasting my time...

We went to TT later, it's supposed to be nice again this weekend. I did a top notch job of messing up the timer on the Central Heating tonight. The darn thing would switch off when it was supposed to, and wouldn’t switch on when it's supposed to, great, marvellous, my own fault.


Is that just the way of things? Or is it just me? Or is it just boats? Nothing more I can do, I´ve had to leave it for Dave to sort when he gets here!

Bloody hell it’s cold…