Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Merry Christmas from the Jannock's

Brenda and I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy new year so she's created a snowdome card and loaded it onto the Jannock web server - visit http://www.jannock.org.uk/xmas2010.jpg and all will be revealed.

We stayed on the boat last Saturday night so that we could attend the Bourne End Christmas dinner and I could have a drink. The secondary double glazing definitely makes a difference to the warmth within the boat compared to last years non-DG event. Whilst we were there I took the opportunity to refit the gear selector cable to the other end of the arm within the morse lever so she now goes backwards and forwards correctly in response to moving the lever. I then drained the water system and finished winterising the boat ready for this weeks predicted cold spell.

Now it's time to start updating the website again  with the info recorded in the logbook and on the blog  during the 2010 cruise.



Saturday, December 04, 2010

Houston - we have a connection!

What is the biggest difference between a PRM 160 gearbox and a Newage Delta 20 gearbox?

The answer is almost four inches. Having installed the replacement gearbox last week I could finally install the missing link today - a nice shiny (expensive) lump of turned steel which connects the Aquadrive to the gearbox.

Shiny bobbin

Here it is installed and working.

I have since discovered yet another difference! I now have to dismantle the Morse lever as it now works in reverse i.e. the propeller moves the boat backwards when the Morse control is shifted into the forwards position. Luckily this should just require the gearbox cable moving to the other end of the arm inside.

Whilst we had a reasonably warm weekend I took the opportunity to empty the hot water tanks as a further cold spell is forecast for the next week and I don't want it to freeze up. I'll complete the winterisation next Sunday after we've attended the Bourne End Christmas dinner on Saturday night.