Another week towards first trip

Well the Perkins 4.108 engine is still going and we are currently tracing the wiring loom to the control panel so that we can get the system working from the cockpit.

The reconditioned engine is quite old and doesn’t have glowplugs. It uses an old system to pre-heat some fuel, injected at the air intake, with an igniter. The hot (flaming) air going into the engine is supposed to be good enough to enable the engine to start.

We have a slight leak on the cold start chamber. Not sure what it does but I can buy a new one for 90 Euro from Poland!

Trouble is the wiring loom is for a glowplug engine so we are adjusting it to suit the new engine. One of the gauges is rusty (the battery condition voltage) so I am going to change it for the fuel gauge. The battery condition can be put somewhere else.

We have also painted the teak hand rails and wash boards which look great.

I have refurbished the control panel which is a great improvement.

Finally we have put a second coat of paint on the cabin roof.

Engine running in the boat

Hooray! Yesterday we got the engine running inside the boat. Unfortunately I forgot to take any photos or videos!

It took a while (the whole day) because the wiring of this engine is different to the one that was there before so we had to improvise. Nevertheless the gearbox works and propeller turns in both directions.  It was a little noisy and a bit smokey but that will die down as the engine was reconditioned about ten years ago and then not used.  It needs to be gently run in under a light load.

Engine issues to address now are:

  1.  Create a wiring loom and link up to all the instruments.
  2. Create a manageable ignition switching system.
  3. Change a mounting bolt which is knocking on the engine.
  4. Fix an oil leak on the oil filter mount.
  5. Buy a battery – it really is unfair to use the chickens’ electric fence battery for starting – it is not designed for such effort.
  6. Install the Ultraflex engine controls and buy new control lines.
  7. Plumb in the raw-water system as we cannot run the engine with a hose-pipe from a shore tap.
  8. Plumb in the hot-water cylinder through the engine cooling water system.
  9. Set up the fuel lines.

Not necessarily in that order.

Then we can take Anne Marie out for a motor. – I really ought to put an anchor on board first though.

Continued progress

Two more coats of paint on Anne Marie’s cockpit. She really is looking great. One more left to go.

Through the new cockpit window

Started to reassemble the Furlex Mark B 2 roller furling gear for the Genoa. What a game that was. About 70 ball bearings with minds of their own and some trying to escape onto the workshop floor.

Refurbished Furlex

I have replaced the window Perspex in the small cockpit porthole which is looking good except for a couple of learner’s scratches. (Oops).

More bits from cockpit

Getting the engine going tomorrow hopefully.

Ship Shape World

We bought some bedding and acrylic glasses at the boat show from Ship Shape.  The bedding was a mattress protector and fitted sheet for the forward cabin Vee berth.  The picture shows it fitted to the enormous bed before Rusty, the ship’s dog, had tried it out.

More importantly however we left a box of tumblers at the Ship Shape stand in Southampton.  They called us on Tuesday and by Wednesday the lost box had been delivered by courier to us.

Great Service.  Thanks Ship Shape.

Painting, painting and more painting

While the weather in the south of the UK continues to be fine we just keep on painting.
We have finished the cabin sides and are now concentrating on the cockpit. It is amazing how three undercoats and topcoats can transform everything.

A reminder of what the deck was like when we first bought Anne Marie. Falling apart and rotten.

Even Mike can get into the lockers

Fore Hatch – a warning

Well its not really a warning about the hatch but more about inaction.

We had the fore-hatch refurbished probably two years ago and we installed it in the new deck in September 2017.

This was the original – it had a series of early solar panels sandwiched between two layers of perspex – they didn’t work!

So we had it refurbished.

When you buy Perspex/Acrylic it comes with a protective film on each face.  When I installed the hatch I removed the interior sheet but left the exterior one in place as a protection.  Now this did protect the surface from a few blobs of resin dropped on the hatch which is good.  However………

Over time the UV attacks the film and makes it brittle and difficult to remove.  Instead of peeling off nicely in one sheet it breaks up into tiny pieces which don’t want to come off.

Eventually after much work (see video) the hatch was sparkling.

Southampton Boat Show 2018

Another year, another show.  Two days visiting stands and looking over boats to gain ideas and spend some money.

It’s a small world – We dropped into the first rope stall (Rotamarine) and asked about extra-long mooring ropes.  After some discussion we were asked what boat they were for so we replied an Endurance 35 based in Rye.  “I wanted to buy that boat about ten years ago”.

Then we dropped into the Wilks stall to discuss a new rubber rubbing strake.  After describing what we were looking for we showed Jeff, one of the guys on the stand, a photo of Anne Marie.  “Hang on” he said “I know this boat, it’s Anne Marie”.  It seems that a customer in South Africa had referred them to this blog to explain what deck he wanted as Wilks (through MCP Marine) supplied the Dek-King for us last year.

This year we have bought:

A Raymarine Axiom7 chart plotter from Paul at PSI Marine  with seatalk interface cable for linking to our rather ancient Raymarine 4000ST autopilot.

New bedding, wine and beer glasses (well acrylic glasses if there are such things) from Ship Shape World

Three extra fenders and a boat hook from Compass Marine (where we bought our other fenders last year.

Two lifejackets and a four-man life raft from Karl at Marine Super Store

Extra mooring rope and halyard from Tarik at Rotamarine – thank you Tarik and very sorry we bought Anne Marie instead of you!

A seat for the fore-cabin and some shackles from Marine Store

A very smart hand basin from Timeage

Four extremely smart Dorade Ventilators from Vetus

Expensive but very enjoyable.  We even had a good night at the Mercure hotel where they kindly gave us some fudge as it is our wedding anniversary this month.