So, the forecast was spot on – I use the Met Office 5 day forecast. Normally quite good and I think they change it around 0900, when they get to the office and kick the computer I guess. We generally stay put on high days & holidays – toooo many boats and cyclists and walkers etc. We’re old & wise enough to let em all go by. It also means we don’t have to run the engine – no, not once, in all the five days. The 400W of solar power kept us all topped up, despite watching TV and showing some DVDs…
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We decided to move the boat down the two remaining locks and get away from the prospect of listing again. CRT know there’s a problem with the leaky locks but they have to prioritise their work and I guess this one is way down the list. We enjoyed our pint in the New Swan (Church End’s Goats Milk, £3.30 and it’s a dog friendly place) and Viv got her crochet kit. Poor Toby was trekked around the shops but got his reward in a swim in the river Anker, close to the new mooring. The forecast was spot on and in fact the boat recorded 30.9 degrees – might have been influenced by the hot roof but it was Scorchio!
Today is the day. Lee from Cox Autos is due this morning to install the fixed alternator & control box. It did look nice and shiny – the stator all rewound. It’s been a trying time but by lunchtime we were off – our dues paid to Springwood Haven (3x £10/night plus £20 for the pump out) and our goodbyes said to a few of the inmates – still there for their solar installations. (Del & Ali on Derwent6 and Simon & Carol on Kestrel). Plus Stuart on Aecern, who was setting off . . . heading North! All the best. We were bound for Atherstone, some shopping after lock 6 and then a quiet mooring for Easter. After lock 9.
So, Monday morning and at 0830 we chug the 100 yds along to the marina to let Cox Autos come and take out the Travel power to test & repair.
Lee turned up farly sharpish and in under an hour had the kit off and returned to base to run the tests. Some time later we had the dreaded phone call . . . there’s two problems a module duff on the control panel and the stator in the alternator is faulty . . totals £664 with VAT! Time the saw the arm & a leg off then?
So marooned here until Thursday when hopefully we can be on our way again, with a fully refurbished generator plus a year’s guarantee.
What else is lining up to go wrong? Still, count ourselves lucky that we are in the right place – a cosy, friendly marina with electricity and the generator specialists just 5 miles away.
Chance for the glumness to subside? Moored up near bridge 27 on the Coventry. A quiet weekend, not moving at all. Lots of sunshine – the solar panels doing their job and taking the batteries to 100%. Viv cleaned all the windows & Steve polished some of the boat. Visited the marina to see about Monday – saw Kevin (the Victron guy – who helped to install the batteries last year). Seems they are going to be very busy next week, so Cox’s will have to come out & remove the gear themselves – suits me.
I bought the descaler – Leescale (£23!!) but it is designed for the purpose of descaling toilets so, job done(!). Still feeling extremely depressed but I guess this is a shakedown week and it’s all about getting things sorted. The forecast for Easter is 18 degrees! About double what it is today. So that looks good.
A couple of boats moored here – one called Chloe – rings a bell and so it should as we met Steve on his boat on the Ashby last Summer. He even came round for tea!
Took some more pix . .
Very glum day today. I guess you do get days like this and it is only the first week and so, kinda like doing Sea Trails – somethings have gotta give! Yesterday it was the Jabsco Macerator toilet. All fixed – Steve was on the job (!). And today we aim to sort out the Dometic Travel Power – this is a fancy name for a 230V alternator plus its grey control box. Fancy indeed, for yes, to buy new they are £4,000!! It just supplies the boat with 3.5kW of A.C. power. It is the only way we can recharge the leisure batteries, so kind of vital.
It had cut out a week or two ago but after a few minutes came back. So, i was guessing, it got too hot and some kind of thermal cut out operated. It happened again recently and again when we were doing some washing. For a moment we were running the washing machine from the batteries when it cut out and the output current went up into the 100’s!! Woe.
Luckily for us there is a specialist company called Cox Auto, which specialise in repairing these gadgets and they are quite close – in Atherstone. So we chugged on 3 hours to Springwood Haven marina, just past Nuneaton and have arranged with them to moor there on Monday for a few days @£10/night. We can hook up with the electricity and let the guys from Cox Auto come and get our kit – test it- hopefully service it and then put it all back.
Meanwhile, another frosty start but a fairly uneventful trip along the Coventry canal.
Very cold start today – temperatures went down to zero (-0.9 in fact) and there was a ground frost. Supposed to be very sunny later as we need the solar juice to top up the batteries. Boats – bl@@dy boats – always sommit to do – fix, repair, replace . . .today, it was the loo. It stopped working. Macerate it would not. Hmm. No option but to take it apart . . . to quote Spike Milligan ” there were Richards everywhere”! It seemed to be all scaled up. So I took the offending bits apart and let em soak in descale stuff. Several hours later, it all went back together and it was happy & working. It took quite a few hours more for the pong to go and to hose Steven down!! Just lucky we hadn’t planned to move on today & that we are near services. And lo, the sun did come out and dozens of those amperes came flooding in.
What next??? And no, I don’t think you want any photos of today’s adventures!
Bit of a longish day for us – nearly 5 hours of chugging and most of it, a tad cold. Through Newbold Tunnel, past Armada boats and All Oaks Wood. Quite a scenic bit with Butterburs, golf courses, trains, motorways and Ansty plus Carter’s Bridge and then Hawkesbury Junction (or Sutton Stop).
Getting a bit behind – that’s what boating does. The days all merge. Paused at Rugby Visitor Moorings – quick trip to Tesco and then on to Newbold. So hardly any hours done at all today. Not stopped here before but there’s a pub and Mark said he’d drive over from Barby to see us.