The forklift duly arrived first thing on Friday, with 2 strong guys to help Klaus get our Farymann diesel generator out of the port aft lazerette. It is tucked under the helming position, so first needed to be pulled aft and then lifted.
They attached a chain to the gen and lifted it out of the locker and over the stern before placing it on a big piece of wood under the boat. That is where Rob spent most of Friday and Saturday, cleaning it down and in his words ‘the good news is I have taken it apart’. To me the good news is that he knows how to put it back together.
There are 3 pieces of plastic casing for the gen. 2 front and back and 1 underneath. The gen is supposed to be attached to the bottom one but the 4 feet had disintegrated and the case just dropped off when they lifted the gen out. Luckily again (we have been remarkably lucky lately) the on site chandlery had 4 replacements as it was the sole item we decided not to buy in the UK.
Having had an oil leak and a water pump leak, the bottom of the case was in a total state. Full of gunk, old foam soundproofing which had disintegrated in the bottom mixed with oil and salt. Still, Rob loves messing about with engines and relishes cleaning them up and making them work again. Something I just don’t see the joy in at all but I’m very glad it makes him happy.
He also found the cables taking the power into the boat were almost worn through, as was the fuel pipe. All that vibration clearly has an impact but you can’t see those cables until you lift the generator out and that is a rare occurrence given we needed a forklift. So, once again, lucky we found the issues before they became too serious.
Friday night was the yard party night (although happy hour turned out to be only a free drink for those who were here on the dot for 1700, no later), so we went along to mingle with our fellow boat maintainers and commiserate as you do. We’ve all got a saga or two to tell when it comes to boats. One issue tends to lead to another and you can only hope you can get the parts or find someone who can fix it.
Saturday 6 of us played Mexican Train Dominoes and had a great afternoon with the final round deciding the bottom and top places with the players being just a point apart for both. We heard the news that nobody was permitted to clear out nor even move anchorage as a policeman had been shot. They had caught 1 of the 3 men responsible but believed the other 2 would escape by boat, hence the ban on shipping movement. This was only in force a day or 2 though in the end.
Sunday we carried on working as we are splashing tomorrow, Tuesday and wanted to get everything done slightly ahead of time in case anything turns out to be more difficult than hoped. Rob needed to put the bottom casing back on the gen so we devised a lifting halyard held above the gen with a block and a line to the cleat. It worked fine and the shiny cleaned up gen was fixed back into the case.
This morning the team hoisted the gen back into the lazerette by 0815 and Rob is currently stuck down in the 6-foot deep locker to re-attach the wiring, pipes and cables, hopefully in the correct places. He estimates 3-4 hours of work followed by an afternoon of finishing off the hull polishing and then we are almost ready for the water. The last little tasks are just filling up the water tanks, ironing whilst we have shore power (our iron is too power hungry to even run on the generator power) and washing the deck, cockpit cushions and canvas down.
Once we launch tomorrow we will check for leaks, try the engine and hopefully watch gallons of water shoot out of the exhaust outlet. Have to admit, lots of water always seemed to come out of it anyway, hence we didn’t think there was a blockage but it will be interesting to see the difference a new exhaust elbow has made. We will have to check the gears and then hope to stay on the waiting pontoon or in a marina berth overnight to be completely sure all is well before we leave.
The weather for sailing to Bonaire looks good for Wednesday so we need to walk into town to clear out tomorrow afternoon once we are sure all is well with Beyzano. We are both looking forward to a month in Bonaire, with our friends Ken and Judith on ‘Badgers Sett’ and Jeff and Di on ‘Horizons’, diving, relaxing and socialising after a very hectic 4 months painting and maintaining both the house and boat. Time for a rest!