Monday, June 12, 2017
_____________ DOING SUMP THING ABOUT THE FUEL TANK _____________
When I cleaned the tank out I readily saw the sensible logic of having a sump installed. There was a cup of vile looking sludge in the bottom of the tank. Regularly adding diesel additive to the tank and draining the sump every month or so should keep the fuel clean and keep the engine reliable. The fuel tank has now been removed and is in Terrys workshop awaiting modifications. Tomorrow I will clamber into the engine bay yet again with a vacuum cleaner, a wet rag and bucket.
Shipmates, if you are aged in your sixties and need a workout that involves contortionary stretching of an extraordinary nature then remove a small diesel engine from the small dark cave beneath the cockpit of a small yacht. The head banging; shin, knee, knuckle barking, sweating, back pain and profanity come at no extra cost. Speaking of cost 'Mariner' has now been out of the water for a month and I have just paid the first haul out and yard rent fees - yikes!!
I have been working hard every day. Sometimes the amount of work that needs doing seems never ending - But as my dear wife reminds me: "Don't worry, you'll get it done, you've got time, don't forget you're retired! " - Quite right.