pks1702 Posted June 15, 2008 Share Posted June 15, 2008 Well that's us away down the coast as David has eluded to. Saturday was a very long day. Up at 05.30 doing lots of last minute checks and sorting. Departed Goodchild 0900 bound for a 1300 lock out at Mutford. Just beyond the Berney I had a raw water overheat alarm. Its at times like this you question whether you have done your checks correctly but I have a routine of closing all water inlets when leaving the boat and opening when we arrive. I checked all the normal things and although on lifting the engine hatch, it was pretty warm down there, no water was blowing from the raw coolant reservoir and the header tank appeared normal. I called our technical mod who was ahead to let him know and went back down into the engine room. A closer inspection of the raw stainer showed very little water getting through even though the valve was open. I shut and re opened the valve (nearly got a hair cut from the belt) and with a whoosh raw water was circulating and the alarm went off. Technical mod then did an impression of a water borne Sea King jumping onboard (great helmsmanship Rachel) and checked there was no blistering and declared also we were 'good to go'. It appears that something had blocked the raw water inlet; piece of plastic etc meaning little cooling water was being taken in. Closing the valve broke the suction resulting in the object being washed away and re opening allowing full raw water cooling back. Still had a sneaking worry about the Impeller but a 2.5 hr run to Oulton should see if this is an issue. During the run to Oulton I spent almost as much time with my head in the engine bay as I did out but all seemed to be OK. Popped up to see Steve (Ella) in the cut followed by Captain Joshie (if you read this side - say hello) Moored up at Oulton Yacht station to await the lift and heard that Simon (Plesbit) was asking permission to leave Lowestoft Harbour and take Silver Dream salt side - hope it went well Simon. Unfortunately David learned that our plan to drop Radar Arches and transit Haven Bridge at LW was a non starter due to scaffolding on the bride reducing air draft by 4ft. Therefore waited at APB for an hour and exited Lowestoft on the 14.30 lift. On the way down to the bridge heard Simon asking again for permission for SD to exit the harbour (you must have enjoyed it Simon) and as we exited the harbour saw SD outside. Regrettably there were lots of Dinghy's in the navigation channel even using North Newcombe as a racing turn We were therefore very circumspect; although I doubt a working fishing boat would have been. The run down to the Orwell was the usual mix, confused seas off Lowestoft, smoother swell from Southwold down to Orford a bit more 'lumpy' at Orford and 'snotty' between Whiting and Bawdsley Banks in the shallower water. Potters had been out in force and off Woodforde we picked our way through a mass of pots and I paid thanks to having a rope cutter fitted and Rachel's & Tina's hawk eye pot spotting. A very heavy shower as we entered the Orwell and then flat calm as we entered Shotley and moored up. All we really wanted to do was have a pint and something to eat but decided it was better to get it all done in one day so after a quick bite Tina's father drove up to ferry David and I from Shotley to Burgh Castle to pick up our cars and drive back to Shotley. We got back to the boats at 00.15 quote a day - a very sound nights sleep was had by all. Not many photo's taken but will post a few tomorrow and also update this thread during the coming weeks if anyone is interested. Current location - http://www.eastcoastmarinas.co.uk/index ... &Itemid=31 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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