Well, it is all there, isn't it? All that information, all those good ideas and engineering solutions to questions one has, niggling for a long time inside one's little head
. In the end it had to be done. Yes, we bought the new genset to sort out the electrics once and for all. The plan was: take old one out, fix a few wires, drop new one in and there, the skipper
and I live happily ever after.
Only it never was thus.
Forward cutless bearing comes off its housing (don't ask me, I'm the one that deals with the things that go wrong up the mast
, humans don't like climbing). So, out of the water
she comes, what to do? Might as well use the oportunity to do other work while on the hard
. So, out comes old genny, which sits on top of the fuel tanks
. Great opportunity to take fuel
quantity senders out and see what was wrong. Talk about opening a can of worms!
So far we have all the bits to re-wire just about everthing lying in the pilot berth. Now it seems to be the right time to fix a few clamps and hoses, right? Yes. Out come the filler hoses. All the cables
that are tied to them. Fittings into the tanks
. And there I find myself opening the inspection ports
(thankfully large). No prices for guessing where it all ends up. Yes, inside the tank cleaning
17 year old accumulated gunk! And we thought we were going to be playing with a few wires and going sailing in the afternoon....
Anyway, I'm sure the tanks never smelt so good before; as for us, probably never smelt so bad! But now we can eat from the inside of the tank. Only we had to cut the wires to the the gas solenoid. Amongst others. A lot to say for bananas.
So, how do we go to the fueling pontoon now that we haven't any fuel in the tanks? Not another can of worms, surely?