We arrived back in KREMIK today to replenish, the weather is quite hot so once we connected to shore power
we cranked up the 'as yet' untested/used chilled water
It didn't work!!! So on the trouble shooting trail i went with in my mind the fear of fears "untinned wiring"
gnawing away at my very being,,,,,
First fault the water
pump">raw water pump was hot and just humming, so i switched it off and popped the junction box (all mounted on a bearer in the dusty bilge) to check for bad heat producing corroded wiring
, NOPE it was all good, then remembering back to my days dealing with an air compressor
used to just stick and pole when turned on after little use i tried rotating the pumps motor
with a flat blade screwturner and low and behold it was stuck.
So some back and forth movement freed it up, turned the pump on and presto we got water flow.... BUT still no cooling
So i read the french wiring
diagrams (may as well be in Russian) and go to the forward cockpit
locker where the main unit is installed, i unscrew the electric control box
and check the fuses
on the AC side, all good, i then pop the fuse from the 12volt dc control board it's ok but i here a slight crackle as it came out meaning it wasn't connecting real well.
Back to the AC board fire it up and now the chilled water is pumping, good stuff!!!!
Now in this expedition i removed the stainless steel non airtight cover plates to the units circuitry and whilst there i saw the dreaded
MULTI-STRAND COPPER WIRING was clean and bright, no wicking of oxidation all very, very nice.
Why am i telling you this? Well this is a 2007 model that has been in the med all it's life and during this fault finding exercise i saw NOTHING bad, when you guys are looking, investigating and researching the boat that you will sink your hard earned into, just remember there is a lot of mis-leading crap out there.
Actually whilst i was doing this Viv had the washing
machine running and the thought came to me i may put a three way valve on the drain line so i can dump spent water into the bilge to:-
1) Give the bilge pumps some exercise.
2) Wash the dust hairs and builders dust out......
We will sleep cooly tonight!