Monday 28 September 2015

South Easterly Day break yesterday morning

I had a brainwave to do with Teals starter issue and realised that the problem with the starter could be related to the heater plug being wired to the ignition switch and sure enough once I disconnected it she started perfectly. I thought the key switch would have disconnected the heater plug as I turned it to start position but apparently not. Either way it was a quick fix. There was also never a charge problem as it turned out it was the oil light which was on. So either I have no oil pressure AT ALL or a dodgy sender. So either I need a new sender or a new engine. Next job is to check the oil pressure with a gauge. I would be surprised if it is a complete pressure loss as I can't think of anything that would cause that to happen that suddenly and it still sounds fine.

Saturday 26 September 2015

Wish I had something better to post but I don't really,
The place is teaming with wildlife at the moment, Humpback whales, Fin whales, Minke whales, Dolphins and even Bluefin Tuna so I have been getting out as much as I can to see them but mostly in my charter boat, We did take Teal out yesterday as a cheaper option and had a really nice day out, Mostly motoring as it was glassy calm most of the day but we did have a nice sail in for the last 4 or 5 miles.
It did show up a crop of engine issues, the starter has been sounding rough all season as yesterday it finally failed to start the engine from cold so I had to crank start it, It just about managed when warm. Next up the battery light came on and the oil light started showing at tick-over which unless I have a simple problem such as a bad earth could mean yet another new alternator and a bottom end rebuild to boot. None of this is the end of the world on such a small engine and at least we are nearing the end of the season.
I'm not sorry this season is nearly over. Between the bad weather, work,  minding the kids and trying to renovate a house it has been a bad one for sailing.

Thursday 3 September 2015

I brought the sails in South of the harbour as I was about the get hit by heavy showers, There was no wind by then anyway so I wanted to stow them away dry. I on the other hand got absolutely soaked, such a nice day I didn't bring wet gear, By the time the boat was tied up it turned into a beautiful evening.