The launch date is looming, which is exciting, but at the same time adding a certain amount of concern, as each day ticks by. Travis, the trusty engineer, called me today to say that the injection pumps and injectors were in Colchester, being overhauled. It is hoped that this will improve performance and economy, whilst reducing the amount of smoke on starting and whilst the engines warm up.
He has also ordered all new silicone hoses for each engine, the old ones being just that – old. Old hoses become perished or sometimes hard and brittle, resulting in leaks, usually when you are miles from a safe haven, or when you are trying to manoeuvre in an awkward situation.
Other items ordered include new gaskets for the reassembly of the components stripped from the engines.
Outside, new cutlass bearings have been installed, which was in the nick of time – one of the old ones disintegrated as Travis started to remove it.
So, two weeks to go – the engines in pieces and parts of them in another county! It’s going to be interesting to see if we can get it all together in time. I use the royal ‘we’ – I mean of course Travis.
Whilst he is doing that, I will continue cleaning and oiling teak. I also have some holes to fill in the wheelhouse roof.
I used to be very familiar with the rivers of Suffolk and Essex, and their associated harbours and marinas. However, after a few years of cruising elsewhere, I thought I would remind myself of the various destinations on these beautiful rivers, that I had enjoyed in previous years, so I purchased the latest (20th) edition of East Coast Rivers. Turning to the chapter on Southwold, I was delighted to see Sindur features slapbang in the middle of the main photo. Taken in 2016, she is looking in fine fettle. With any luck, she will look that good again in a few weeks time. I had better inject a bit more time and effort!