Originally Posted by Nasher
It's a bit sad that you let her get so bad Jimbo.
I kind of resent that a bit Nasher.
Throughout her ownership with me, she was covered whenever left for more than two days (she was kept in a marina berth) and always washed off after use.
The engine was serviced twice by Seaway marine, and once by myself, and my mechanic (Malcolm from Morling Marine) carried out numerous repairs as and when anything broke.
She was used on an almost daily basis during the summer months, as a support boat, leisure boat, and teaching boat, and as such had all manner of extras fitted, and maintenance carried out. Bilge pumps were re-routed, decks re-painted, she came out of the water to have the seals done on the steering ram, all the usual.
When she went out for the last time and overheated, the water had been checked a week previously, as had the oil. The engine failure came as I was going through a bad patch trying to sort out various HMRC fines (through my own stupidity and lack of understanding how to account for a company properly), I'd had two major customers go to the wall owing me a lot of money, and a string of accidental damage to chartered in boats that, thinking of myself as an upstanding sort of chap, I made good out of my own pocket. I am in fact still paying off an engine that blew up as a result of one of my (new, now ex) instructors putting in four stroke oil to a two stroke reservoir.
Believe me - I would love nothing more than to have her working again, and as soon as funds allowed to have her released from the marina, with the help of Lurcher and his trailer, and Tim M (who has been a great friend regarding helping with Old Spice) she was taken out, scrubbed off, and properly inspected by Kings Marine, where I discovered the extent of the damage.
Things change, Lurcher needed his trailer back, so she's back in Haslar Marina racking up a storage bill, while I scratch around trying to find £1000 for an engine I've found.
Yes, she's not working. Yes, she was weedy through not being used for a few months. Yes, I'm almost broke just trying to cover the costs for her, and yes I would love to get the new engine in and either sell her to a new owner or see her working again (I've still got the quotes for the re-trim and new console I was planning on fitting), but I'm doing the best I can, on a minus budget.
It's very sad that she's inoperative, but it's not something I have "let" happen, as though there were some kind of choice or option, it's something I have watched happen whilst all the while working to stop it.
Hopefully, with a few large invoices out this winter, I will be able to raise the cash for the engine, get it fitted, and she will be joining you all for some sort of Easter Cruise.