New toy

To save my back I have just put together this engine hoist, bought off ebay from Bestdirectuk.  Arrived in two days when I expected five so I was able to spend the afternoon of my birthday putting it together and moving the old engine into the shed.

Wow.  My sixth best present (I got five others!)  At my age you are easily pleased.



The Icon soap dish is repaired

Looking better and much more up to the job of ship and crew protection. 

High tide and practically afloat

We aren’t quite ready for the launch yet so hopefully Canute will turn the tide for us. 



On the way to the tip


Main Cabin ripped apart

OMG! I leave Alan for three days and look what happens. He has ripped out all of the port side of the main cabin including the navigation table. It was mostly rotten but what a change.

The old engine

 Would you believe that this is the engine that used to run Anne-Marie? It’s a Perkins 4.108 diesel. You can see that it is rather rusty and has seen better days. It’s missing a good few pieces but I do have the gearbox and water pump in another shed. This is a job for the summer. Maybe.  


That sinking feeling 

These are the three through-hull fittings that link the toilet and wash basin to the sea. They are supposed to be shiny and clean. 

The two large ones are stainless steel and the smallest is bronze. The large ones have been fixed by galvanised steel nuts which have rusted to nothing. 

When I tried to remove the smallest it turns out to be brass. Now brass is an alloy very rich in zinc and this corrodes away in seawater through electrolysis called de-zincivisation. Only the zinc disappears so the metal becomes very weak.  I tapped it with a spanner (as you do) and it crumbled into pieces. The pink colour is the brass after zinc loss. 

This is not reassuring. If it had broken at sea we would most likely have sunk. 

So three new sea-cocks at £150 each! Yuk.