|Sofa raised to access the engine |
viewed from the companionway
So where from? Whilst Chief Mechanic rotated the prop shaft, watching from above, the First Mate spotted exactly where the bolt had slipped from; the prop shaft/gear box coupling was one bolt short. A bit of fumbling around guided from above and the nut was also quickly retrieved from the sump. More twirling of the prop shaft revealed that a couple of the remaining bolts were also loose. It's happened before, last time off Brixham a few years ago where motoring with no wind we suddenly stopped making progress through the water. Fortunately the tide was sweeping Temptress out into the expanse of Lyme Bay as it then took Kevin a long time to rig up a makeshift prop brake to stop the propeller turning so he could put all the bolts back! This time, safely moored in a marina, it was a five minute task and all the bolts are now securely fastened once more. Wouldn't want to attempt that in any ocean swell.
|Five sided engine access|
|I will get this not on that bolt|
|All tightened up once more|
|Extracting oily bilge water - |
this oil extractor pump is a brilliant tool
Meanwhile our extended stay in port has a silver lining in that Temptress' job list is at an all time low of ten items unstarted and three part done. Even better the one job that has been on the list since 2002 (and annoying the First Mate ever since it got to the top of the list about six months after joining it) -"fill and fair the furler switches"; Kevin announced today with a big fan fare that he has finally worked out how to do! So we might just might tackle that one too before Christmas, possibly or possibly not - what would we do without two purely decorative water proof switches at the top of the companionway?