senator Posted March 31, 2008 Share Posted March 31, 2008 The weekend just gone was a real roller coaster for boat maintenace emotions, had decided to change the bellows on White Lady's legs as she was out for some GRP work at Goodchilds. Arrived at the Mercruiser agents to pick up bits at 9 am Saturday morning after a 6.30 start from Birmingham, left at 10.30 with half the bits so a bit of a downer. trailored the legs to find the existing bellows and clips in very good condition and began contemplating whether it was actually a good idea to touch them at all, my motto is normally "if it aint broke break it" but this tends to be expensive on boats. Fortunately a vey knowledgeable fellow forumite has a home at Goodchilds and was kind enough to offer his opinion, even if it was with the disclaimer that "no responsibility either proffesionaly or personally could be accepted and the views were expressed purely as observations" In my book though knowing how fanatical this person is as to boat safety and maintenance, if it is good enough for him then it is good enough for me so this was a serious up time. Set father to work with the polisher and went off to CC marine to do some swapping of parts, unfortunately no anode sets in stock found this strange given the time of year but still these were ordered for next week along with other bits for the rest of the engine servicing, so back to downers Another tip offered by our own technical expert was to clamp off the reservoirs to the legs given that the oil in them would not have been in the legs at all and it would save a good litre or so of leg oil, which at Â£12.50 a litre is a great tip, only problem being on close inspection of one of the headers the slight white at the bottom, which I had taken to be just a bit of clouding in the plastic, move when I tipped the tank. The oil that came out from the leg was clear but there was definately water in the tank so a call to CC was made. The reply "bring the leg in for pressure testing" was not the one that I wanted to hear. Still White Lady is now nice and shiney again after father worked his socks off, the repair by Goodchilds, although not totally finished yet looks absolutley perfect and is a total credit to them, they arn't cheap but they are exceptionally good, and hopefully the water was spotted in time to ensure that no damage has been done to the leg, really does show the importance of routine maintenance. Am now hoping that she will be back in the water for the Spring meet which providing this week brings good news she should be. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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