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03/07/20 Fri.  My diaphragm arrived yesterday afternoon, two and a half days behind schedule so not bad.  Today, I stripped down the pneumatic governor, removed the old diaphragm (which had a split in it) and replaced it with the new one.  The engine now revs at a more manageable speed.  However, the overheating problem still remains, in fact it's worse now and we were up in the 90's just 15 mins after running the engine at 800rpm.  Tomorrow will be a long day of checking everything possible.

04/07/20 Sat.  On checking the water level this morning, it was down considerably.  I topped it up again and fired up the engine.  It ran fine for an hour at idle revs, not going above 65oC, then I put it in gear to load the engine and upped the revs to 1400, ran it for a half hour and it stayed at 74oC.  I don't think the thermostat opens until 78/79oC so it looks like it is just difficult to fill from totally empty due to airlocks.  I will do a bit more to it before being satisfied!

06/07/20 Mon.  I had my haircut yesterday, it was driving me nuts touching my ears!  We walked up to the garage this morning at 6.30am and got some more diesel, petrol and ATF oil for the gearbox.  During the afternoon, I drained the engine cooling jacket again and also the gearbox oil - which I then replaced with the new ATF.  I have put one or two photos on my 'workshop' page regarding the change of governor diaphragm which you can see here should you be interested!

07/07/20 Tues.  Time for another moan!  My elapsed time from Gillingham count-up timer is no longer working as you can see below.  This is because Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, have disabled javascript for their Edge browser.  If you have the Windows 10 Pro version it is possible to enable scripts again, but for me with the Home version, it is impossible.  Why do Microsoft have to be so bloody awkward!!  I can't find any other way of making a timer, it isn't possible with HTML code, so unless someone lets me know of a way to write a new script, I will have to delete the one at the foot of the page.

09/07/20 Thurs.  OK, a bit of a mishap yesterday morning, we were walking to the garage again to get another 20 litres of diesel.  My right foot slipped on a wet patch of slime across the pontoon and my following (left) foot automatically came down fast to stop the slide.  It came down mid step and toes first - and crashed into the concrete, making me say a few choice words.  I should have gone back to the boat immediately and put it in cold water, but we continued to the garage and back with the diesel.  That afternoon and evening were absolute agony!  I didn't get any sleep last night, and today I have a big toe 75% bigger than it's opposite number, the nail is cracked and the toe is rainbow coloured.  The rest of my foot is also swollen.  So, today I didn't do anything except sit and read!

11/07/20 Sat.  My toe is much better now, not hurting nearly so much.  I can't really walk or wear flip flops just yet, but I can get around the boat!  We lifted the dinghy up on deck this morning - it's been in the water since pushing the boat over to A Dock two weeks back, was full of water from the daily rains and the bottom needed a good wash to remove marina dirt and barnacles.

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