Life at the end of the road

November 20, 2009

Serviced silly!

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 6:16 am

A poor effort today I’m afraid, the new moon, stars or planets must be all lined up or something as I’ve yet again been rushing around manically like a man possessed. Though yesterday I did manage to stay up until 20:30 before going to bed wrecked 🙂

I had just intended to give the engine room bilge a good cleaning but the cold wet cr4ppy weather and an extra crew man meant that I could spend most of the day down in the warm dry engine room. With this in mind and having lifted up quite a few of the aluminium floor plates I decided to give the Lister LT1 emergency generator its annual service. As this wee Lister only gets run for about 30mins a week, as part of the weekly maintenance schedule, it must be one of the best serviced engines on the planet, well apart from the other LT1 Lister fire and bilge pump on board and of course all the other ones on all the other ships 🙂

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This little single cylinder diesel engine drives a CAV 24v 80amp alternator that can be used to charge up the emergency batteries that power the radar, alarms, 24v lighting etc or it can be used to charge up the main engine starting batteries. As all these banks have separate mains chargers it seldom gets used in anger.

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Having all the plates up made it much easier to drain the oil, change the filters and set the tappets without bending down, it was also a pure pig to start afterwards because being a clown I forgot to bleed the fuel filter and got air in the injector pump 😦

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Anyway once I’d eventually started the wee Lister I got on with the painting and I know it’s an insipid colour but ‘Hemple’s crankcase red’ is a special paint that’s a little oil tolerant, well suited to this application and only available in this colour 😦 I’ve also just spotted a bit under the aft engine battery box that I’ve missed so I’ll deal with that later.

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The thing with all the sums on it is the ‘big cheese’ I don’t know its proper name but it’s VERY expensive and is one of the sensors that tells us how much freeboard we have and if we are trimmed correctly. There’s another in the wheelhouse, this one measures pressure the one upstairs tilt then another machine does a sum the result of which is an accurate reading of our trim and if it’s OK we get a green light to sail 🙂

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