Thursday, June 13, 2019

Rain All Day

The last leg of this trip was from Braunston to Gayton. On the way I received a call from Gayton Marina to let me know the scheduled lift-out and blacking has been delayed a couple of days because the boats currently being blacked are delayed a couple of days due to the weather. It's been raining all day so I'm not surprised. Moored at Gayton 16 miles, 4½ furlongs and 13 locks

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Night at the Marina

For a change, I moored Syncopation in Braunston Marina overnight because they have electric hookup available. Still raining. Here's a picture of one of the port holes with spider web-patterned condensation:
Moored at Braunston Marina. 8 miles, 2 furlongs and 6 locks

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Napton Pill Box

I watched Dunkirk last night and saw thos pillbox today. We were going to fight the Germans across Britain from structures like this in 1940.
Moored at Napton top lock 12 miles, 6¾ furlongs of narrow canals; 7 narrow locks.

On the Way to Gayton

Rain nearly all day but luckily most of today's cruise was lock free so I was able to shelter under an umbrella. In the evening I fitted an engine hours counter to replace the one built into the tachometer. The original has gone the way of most of the ones in the Beta control panel. Damp causes the LCD display to fail. Mine is very occasionally visible, like a lunar eclipse. I've run the mechanical replacement on a 12v supply for a few months at home to get it to the 1800 hours the engine has run for. Now it's connected. I just need to make a hole of the correct size and mount it permanently next to the tacho. Moored above Napton top lock. 12 miles, 6¾ furlongs and 7 locks

Monday, June 10, 2019

New Alternator

The charge light for the domestic alternator came on couple of weeks ago. After some diagnostic work with the multimeter I found there was no charge from the alternator. Google found me an alternator repairer to n Milton Keynes. Diagnosis was stator and regulator fried by overheating. It was more cost effective to source a new unit than rebuild it, so here is the shiny new alternator in place:
Moored below Clayson bottom lock. 1 mile, 5¾ furlongs and 3 locks

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Punting with Erik

Here's why we went to Oxford: The Oxford University Scout and Guide Group's 100th anniversary dinner. As former members we attended both the formal dinner at Somerville college on Saturday and the punting and picnic on Sunday. Cathy even got to hold the group mascot, Erik the panda, for a little while. Grateful thanks to the organisers.

Sunday, May 05, 2019