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Friday, June 23, 2017

Generator Replacement

Monday 12th, we have a phone call from Rob at Kate Boats asking when we could be at their Stockton Top Marina for removing our dead generator and installing the new one. I said we could set off tomorrow (Tuesday 13th) and be with them Wed/Thurs sometime. However since setting off we have been out of reach of any WIFI, until today, so this is a catch-up.
 Tuesday 13th, we set off early and stopped briefly at the Lidl moorings In Leamington for a food shop.
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Then we continued onto Long Itchington and moored near the Two Boats Inn, and had dinner there, we bot had the steak and ale pie which was stuffed with steak, yummy!
Wednesday 14th, We set off up the Stockton flight of locks and arrived at Stockton Top Marina and moored alongside the wet dock so that Rob and Nick could assess how they were going to get the old generator out.
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As they would not be able to start work until next week, with estimated delivery of the new generator being Thursday 20th and turn around of their hire fleet over the weekend, we thought we would leave them in peace for the weekend, and head to Braunston which we needed to do to do some chandlery shopping.
Thursday 15th, we left the marina and moored up at Bridge 103.
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Friday 16th, we set off for and arrived at Braunston and were able to get a mooring near the turn. We did our chandlery shopping which was mostly paint.
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Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th, Spent both days moored in Braunston, enjoying the sunshine, we had lunch on Saturday at the Boathouse. Whilst here I sold 2 rag rugs, one via eBay and one to a boater moored at Braunston for the historic boat rally next weekend.
Monday 19th, We moved off early and moored at our favourite spot near Wigram’s Turn.
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Tuesday 20th, We set off early to avoid the expected heat, and arrived back at Stockton Top Marina, ready for removing the old generator Wednesday. We moored were they wanted us to be able to remove the old generator.
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Wednesday 21st, the old generator comes out. We had to remove the calorifier so that the generator would slide sideways on a steel plate to below the engine room doors, using a block and tackle to take the 200Kg weight. Once in this position it was then easy to lift out using an extendable fork lift.
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Thursday 22nd, the new generator arrives.
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Whilst Rob works out how to mount the generator, and make the appropriate bearers to fit onto the original generator mounts, I fitted the control board into our existing DC panel.
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Later in the afternoon we move Hadar to where the new generator will be loaded from, and also to clear the mooring which they need for their returning hire boats for turnaround on Friday.
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Keith.

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