This post will probably be hysterical reading for all those who understand the workings of motors, engines, torches etc, as I am one of those annoying people who has no idea how things work other than switching on.
Our boat weighs in at something like 8 tons, and on a panel by the door there’s a symbol of a guy called MAX with 6 = 450kg alongside it, then underneath it says MAX + a little box (looks like it’s tied up with ribbon, ain’t that sweet?) = 750kg.
So I’m taking that as maximum number of people is 6 (not necessarily all male, can’t accuse the boat manufacturer of being sexist!) at no more combined weight than 450kg (scales are by the door just in case) and a load of a further 300kg.
(You can imagine then the fun we had getting our quart into a thimble here)
I have mentioned previously that we had a battery problem recently.
As with all motor vehicles, I believe engines rely on batteries to run.
Unlike a car, a boat (someone described theirs as a caravan for the water) needs more than one Pretty Big Beast for running everything from the lights and fridge to the all important flush loo, as well as the engine.
We have three 110s (don’t ask me!) that are linked together to run the boat when we’re not under power out on the river or canals, plus a fourth for running the engine.
There is also a huge battery at the bow end for the bow thruster.
The wiring must be a nightmare, and Hubby is still trying to fathom (excuse pun) it all out, following circuit diagrams, wires, connections and plugs etc.
On afore mentioned panel with MAX, is a digital display when we turn the house service power on. It usually reads 00.0, give or take a minus sign at the front.
Almost a fortnight ago, Hubby noticed we were drawing power from somewhere, but nothing was running. He checked everything logical and in the end lifted the hatch to examine the batteries.
One was hissing and bubbling away, and exceedingly hot to the touch.
He got the tools out, switched everything off everywhere, and disconnected the batteries.
There was no doubt that the Hisser had to be replaced, and not wanting to put a new battery to old (well you don’t in TV remotes or a clock do you), he got on the internet.
Bloody hell! £185 for a battery was way above our anticipated £100 mark.
Mind you, that was for an identical make from the original supplier, so he punched in the requirements and got a few alternatives. He also used his noggin and asked at the marina office, being given the phone number of a battery company a few miles away that sold everything at reasonable prices.
A VERY nice young man said he could indeed help us, for £75 a-piece including delivery, but if we were to collect them ourselves, he’d knock a fiver off each.
Taking the Hisser with us to confirm fittings, size and anything else necessary to fit the hole where it had to go, we trundled off.
Those things are damned heavy, and not exactly the easiest of items to maneuver in a small area, let alone lift out of a tight space with no carrying handle! But Hubby managed, and we have indeed replaced all three.
The remaining original two we offered to our boat friend.
Last week we took the boat out for her second trip, and she puttered like a dream!