01/07/10 In view of the poor performance
of the England squad during the World Cup, (and because it's still
chucking it down with rain here), I thought I would insert this
You Tube video to cheer us all up - and to start off the new month with
Sorry, video no longer available!
02/07/10 Another day spent in the engine
compartment, once again removing the Eberspächer unit (pictured right) which was still
not functioning correctly. On completion of the overhaul last
week, and refitting the unit, a new fault manifested itself and since
then the damn thing has done something different on each start up.
It's basically just a jet engine combustion chamber and therefore simple
to 'fix'.....it just has so many built in safety cut-outs which are a
pain to trace. Anyway........at the moment it's running but not
heating any water, or the water isn't circulating which causes the
temperature sensor to initiate the shut down procedure.
So..... either the water pump is defective or the system is air-locked -
maybe? I think?
03/07/10 Straight after
breakfast......emptied the cockpit locker and squeezed inside to undo
the pipe into the top of the hot water tank and release the trapped air.
A couple of false starts later and Bingo! the Eberspächer was working as
it should.....and I have hot water again! Cleaned up and went into
Erakulam with Graham, Roger and Astrid to get essentials such as
potatoes, bread and eggs because there is a general strike on Monday (as there was last
Monday), in a protest against fuel price increases. So no shops will be
open, nor any form of transport running.
07/07/10 I still have hot water!
The air conditioning unit is running well and keeping the boat lovely
and cool - I generally have the temperature set to 25 ish during the day
and lower it to 20 at night. With these settings, it is still
extracting between 10 and 15 litres of water per day from the atmosphere
which of course helps enormously with combating mould and fungus within
the boat. Yesterday I tackled another job which has been bothering
me somewhat - the starboard genoa sheet winch was becoming stiff to
operate when we were crossing the Arabian Sea, so it had to come apart
and be inspected.....but I have no manual for this type of winch, so it
was a case of making it up as I went along. It's all done
10/07/10.......and it's Friday again - the
weekends come round very quickly! Everyone seems to be leaving to
either go travelling up country or back to the UK, Graham has gone to
Thailand for a few weeks, Roger has gone to England, Davina and Anthony
are going back to the UK, so is Liz. Terry and Fiona, Michelle and
Pilar are all going travelling for varying periods.....there will soon
be only me left here!! Actually there will still be a few of us
here and most of us are getting a bit listless and wanting to move on
but can't because of the monsoon. The bar is empty on most nights
- it's very clean, is air conditioned - but it's just a room. It
cannot be described as a bar because it has no character, no music, no
spirits, no draught beer, no crisps, pickled onions, eggs or any other
snack, very little in the way of soft drinks, wine has to be ordered in
and beer is from bottles kept in a small fridge - when they're
gone......you've had it!!
11/07/10 Decanted 100 litres of diesel
from jerrycans into my tank first thing this morning. Nazar should
have delivered it yesterday at 10am but didn't arrive until 7.30pm, by
which time it was too dark to do anything. Fuel here costs 50
rupees a litre (that's delivered to the boat inclusive of Nazar's taxi
costs), which works out at 71p per litre. I have no idea how that
compares with today's prices in the UK?
12/07/10 At 9.22am local time (4.52am
BST) the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched it's
PSLV rocket from the
Space Centre at Sriharikota, (the Indian equivalent of NASA's
Cape Kennedy) which is northeast of my present position and about 80
kilometres north of Chennai on the east coast. It's payload of
five satellites were also successfully deployed, including AISSat 1, a
Norwegian Government satellite which will track shipping fitted with AIS
transponders.......so look out you boaties.....Big Brother is watching
Spain are the world champion
football team.....congratulations! Commiserations to the Dutch
side (who I thought would win). I didn't go and watch the
match as kick-off was at midnight local time - and I'm tucked up in bed
with my book at that time of night! But I have read the newspaper
reports of the game this morning.
Went into town late afternoon with Astrid to get a
bit of shopping and an early dinner/late lunch in the Hotel Ceylon -
which has become a bit of a favourite haunt with the yotties here - you
can get tandoori chicken, curried chicken, chicken biryani, chicken
masala, chicken this, chicken that.......fortunately I like chicken and
also have the necessary Haynes Workshop Manual.
quiet.......except for the incessant squawking of the resident crow
population, and each day blends into the next with very little
variation. Jordan paid a visit to the local hospital this
morning for advice on his ongoing toe problem (see log entry for
09/12/09) and is now on a course of antibiotics pending yet another
operation. A little excitement a couple of days ago, when a
non-rally sailing yacht turned up! She is German flagged and
apparently sailed here from the Chagos Islands - perhaps I'll find out
28/07/10 The last two nights have
brought some heavy rainfall, with stronger winds than usual which have
caused the boat to slew around a bit. I'm hoping that it's the
worst we are going to get. It seems that the UK is experiencing a
flood of fake one pound coins, with something like 41 million now in
circulation (about 1 in 30) and that the Royal Mint may have to withdraw
the coin and re-mint? They were always too heavy to carry around
Image From the Daily Mail online.
It seems that I was tempting providence with the
weather.......we had another downpour around 10am this morning,
accompanied by strong(ish) winds, which lasted about an hour or so.
In the early afternoon, I went with Jordan, Leah and Astrid to the
Sridar Cinema in Ernakulam to see the just released (not until 20th
August in the UK) film 'Salt',
starring Angelina Jolie - not a favourite actress of mine, but it passed
an hour or two, and at 70 rupees (0.96p) for a balcony seat, it sure
beats the cinema prices in good old England!
29/07/10 Another 'good' guy, my old boss
George has passed away, and again no-one thought to tell me. I
heard the week old news through the Mediterranean grapevine.
31/07/10 Black Tot Day.
(click) Forty years ago today, the Admiralty stopped the
tot - a
black day indeed!
If I were now in the Caribbean, I would perhaps be making for the second
most prestigious yacht club in the world, (here),
but as I am not, I just had to toast "The Queen, God Bless Her", with a
tot of Wood's Rum from my dwindling supply!
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