Entry from the log book by Daniela:
Easter Sunday and Monday felt like mid-August this year! Bright blue skies, 26 degrees C or more, everything blooming, it’s simply unbelievable.Global warming? Or will we have to pay the price for this premature summer bliss in April by months of grey-brown sky in mid-July and August?
Oxford to Shillingford
AViVA’s engine gets an upgrade
Spent the day at mooring fitting a ‘polyvee’ kit to the engine.
The old single v-belt kicked up a hell of a lot of dust and was forever losing tension.
I had to remove the alternator and take it home before I could remove the drive. Nut had seized.
Anyway, here is a picture of the new rig. Seems to work a treat. The smaller picture here, shows the old single v-belt setup.
First trip of 2011
Skipper bused to Eynsham and after fiddling about with fenders and ropes, fuelled and watered and headed downstream. Speedometer works a treat. New paddle wheel must be spinning. Job well done earlier in the year. 3.5knots. Tied up very soon though. Needed to swap down the decks.
After Eynsham lock, pushed the throttle a bit to test the speedometer. Kings Lock and then tied up alongside Godstow Nunnery, for a bite to eat and tea.
Back at mooring at Bossoms around 4.15.
Back into the Water
AViVA hoisted off the trailer and put back into the water. My job was to check that the new speed paddle wheel fitting was not leaking. It wasn’t but a small leak was noticed near to the cooling water intake. Seems that a screw had corroded in situ.
Boat was lifted out and repaired while she dangled.