It is a wonderful feeling, to be on the boat again. Two weeks of vacation – where can we sail to?
We arrive on Monday (27th of May) evening. We have only two things to setup: reduce the tension on the shrouds and to replace the seawater coolant pump. Then we can start sailing – this is the plan.
After we come we see the bilge full of water. This means two things at once:
there is a leakage
the automatic bilge pump installation does not work
Moreover, I cannot install the cooling water pump replacement, as I cannot unscrew the installation plate from the old pump: the welded pulley blocks the screws.
Next day, Tuesday the 28th of May, our neighbour Michael helps me find the problem with the automatic bilge installation: one of the positions of the tri-state switch does not work – the one for the floater. We switch the wiring so that the floater is enabled and thus the automation works again. We test it dumping a whole bottle of fresh water into the bilge.
The leakage is found too: the toilet bowl is empty. Good to have closed all the valves, otherwise we would have not only the bowl content but the whole river in the bilge. Anyway, I will have to replace the toilet. I have always wanted to have a manual one, this will come sooner than initially expected.
Michael hints me also so as to how to remove the mounting plate from the old pump: I just saw the screws and soon the new pump sits with the new screws on the mounting plate and then on the engine.
We are ready to go.