06/09/20 Sun. I have spent each day this month working on
the steering system - nothing has been easy and I have encountered
problems at every step of rebuilding. However, the tank flooring
is now repaired, the bilge pump suction hose removed. The pedestal
is now mounted on the cockpit floor and the lower bevel gearbox
installed. The transfer gearbox is also in, along with the new
tube and tie rod ends to the rudder head.
08/09/20 Tues. The steering repair is now almost complete.
I installed the last torque rod from the lower bevelhead gearbox to the
transfer gearbox today and tested that everything worked. I may
have to make an adjustment to the rudder stops as turning hard to port
seems to hit the stop after a very short 'soft' feeling on the wheel.
Additional parts still have to be replaced at the top of the pedestal -
cover plate, compass, electrics etc., and the fuel tank to be replaced. This afternoon, I stripped down the wheelpilot and cleaned all the old hardened grease off, applied new and
09/09/20 Weds. OK, the adjustment needed became a bit of a
headache, I had to remove the torque tube from the transfer gearbox to
the rudder quadrant and re-measure it (OK), then remove the arm from the
box and reposition it - still the same problem! Turned out
eventually that the rudder was not midships to start with and once that
was established, everything went well - but it took most of the day to
10/09/20 Thurs. A day of rest today. I changed the
propeller on the outboard motor and adapted the old one to use as a
standby spare, then went into town for a little shopping and some
13/09/20 Sun. With the steering wheel and the wheel pilot
back on, the steering is finally finished. This morning we spent
four hours cleaning
out the fuel tank ready to re-install it in the cockpit locker but
afternoon rain prevented that.
14/09/20 Mon. Re-installed the fuel tank this morning,
connected all the relevant pipework and transferred about 100 litres of
fuel back into the tank. I have added some photo's and a
description of the steering system in my 'workshop' page which you can
15/09/20 Tues. We are experiencing some bad weather for the
next few days due to a low pressure system in the Philippines drawing
air up from our area - I suppose you could say I had a rest day with no
work to speak of!
17/09/20 Thurs. The strong winds have passed leaving grey
skies - cooler but not charging batteries so well! I changed the
kicking strap this morning, a job I've been intending to do for about a
year, then went over to Craig's boat and used his bench drill to make
holes in some stainless steel angle with which to secure the fuel tank
in position. Installed those afterwards, then did some sanding and
painting of other metal parts.
20/09/20 Sun. We all went to The Cottage last night for
dinner and a few beers. This morning I did some more painting and
installed the compass on the pedestal. Next job will be to try and
sort out the Smartbank charging system!
21/09/20 Mon. A day off from working - and it's too hot
22/09/20 Tues. Changed the Smartbank relay today but will
have to wait a while to find out if the change has cured the problem.
23/09/20 Weds. It's 57 years today since I joined the Royal
Navy in Plymouth! Today we helped Neil to get his newly
galvanised chain from Penuwasa Shipyard and it seems I am not the only
one to have boat problems. What should have been a half hour job,
took around 9 hours! Firstly, his engine wouldn't start because of
low batteries so we waited an hour while the solar panels put some
charge in. Secondly, the anchor had fouled on a block mooring line
- another 40 mins or so getting it off. At the yard jetty, the
wind kept blowing us off and we couldn't get a line ashore, then the
bilge alarm sounded and the engine room filled with smoke, an exhaust
hose clamp had failed and blown the hose off, filling the engine room
with exhaust and sea water which choked the engine of oxygen. We
went out into the middle of the pond and anchored while we fixed it
which took us into lunchtime for the yard....another wait. Once we
had the chain onboard, we went to the marina to fill the water tanks,
the office girl there thought we had just arrived and was telling us to
leave and not come ashore (Covid). Around 3 hours to fill the tanks
using a half inch diameter hose, then the mooring line got caught around
the prop. shaft and Neil had to swim under to clear it. An
24/09/20 Thurs. After giving Neil a lift ashore in
the dinghy this morning, I thought I would have a day off, but.......got
a 'help' call from Eric who had cooked his engine and had a sump full of
milky coffee where the oil should have been! I went over and
helped him to strip down his Beta 35 for a suspected blown head gasket.
26/09/20 Sat. Election Day today, so not much happening
around the area. We went to the army jetty first thing this
morning before it got too hot and collected 200 litres of fresh water.
I changed the bow lines on return and then relaxed for most of the day,
too hot to do very much!
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