Took the boat (Cat) out yesterday for only the third time. 15 Minutes in the overheating alarm
sounds from the port side motor!
Switched it of and inspection
revealed blockage in sea water
inlet valve. Swim in 14 degrees celcius water
delivers no apparent blockage at the thru-hull. Delivers a pretty good brain freeze though.
I am allready nervous docking
as I have only done it once before and was taught to only use the throttles and not touch the wheel
. Now I only had one motor
at the fuel dock
was actually a breeze. Came in at 45 degrees as with monohull
and turned parallel at the last minute while travelling as slowly as possible.
Removed the inlet valve, knocked in wooden bung, and hey presto - small rock fish
wedged tight inside the valve. We had to prey it out with a screwdriver!
I will have to check that there is actualy a proper screen
on those seawater thru hulls!
Any similar experiences out there?
To this I add the blocked blackwater tank incident that spewed human excrement all over the forward starboard collision
is no boring matter.
Chalk it down to experience - Now at least I know how to handle these two eventualities!