Friday, 23 November 2012

Fire Safe

The last two fire extinguishers were delivered today and I had them fitted within the hour <Tick>.  Later in the day Nick conducted a pressure test of the front diesel tank as part of the BSS process and it failed the test.  We have a small hole in the welded join between the top of the tank and the pipe to the filler point on the gunwale.  Unfortunately it is around the back of the join and is obscured by the side of the hull.  I suspect this is going to give the welder some grief trying to fix.

Meanwhile the joiners have almost finished.  The boards for the top of the cratch lockers were made and tested for fit.

They have now been taken back to the workshop to have their bare edges painted with a special water resistant coating.  At some future date were are going to have to remove all the junk useful stuff from the cratch.  The water hose will have to fit (somehow) in the bow thruster locker whilst the plastic jerricans will need to go in my garden shed the engine compartment.

The engine compartment hatch has been cut to size but hasn’t been fitted.  The plan is to hinge it on the starboard (right side) which will allow it to swing upwards and to the right where it will be secured with a latch.  When down it will be locked in place to protect those valuable plastic jerricans.

Whilst at the stern I had a discussion with Nick about locking the two diesel tank filler caps.  However we still haven’t identified a satisfactory method!

The wind has come up and as a consequence we’re being bashed around more than usual.  The mooring lines have already been checked once just in case the water level has risen (it hasn’t) and as a consequence we’ve identified yet another piece of equipment we need.  A powerful torch!  It may just be an interesting night!

4 comments :

Paul Dodgson said...

tom,

re your hose. did you think about

http://www.google.co.uk/products/catalog?hl=en&q=flat+hoses&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bpcl=38897761&biw=1336&bih=602&wrapid=tlif135360993360510&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=13944225179980701310&sa=X&ei=cHOuUPXSDMyU0QXrx4Fw&ved=0CFMQ8wIwAQ

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Tom and Jan said...

Paul,

We did consider purchasing a lay-flat hose reel however I read you have to unwind the entire reel to use it and the hose can easily kink?

Paul Dodgson said...

Its a case of space Tom. We have a flat un and its really no bother. they can kink if you are in a rush. But, why rush? I accept its about convenience and both have benefits/dis-benefits.

regards

paul

Tom and Jan said...

Paul, I accept the "space" advantage and will certainly reconsider the original choice when the current hose reel needs to be replaced. Since moving onto the boat "space" has definitely gone from being a theoretical problem to a practical issue :-)