Where to start is the question. Well, initially we wanted to fit an external breather to the vented loops. We loathe and detest the stupid plastic Jabsco things that were fitted in the factory:
Firstly because the two fitted on the aft heads and grey water pump are pretty inaccessible. Secondly because the little rubber duck bill fits inside a plastic screw on cap:
When you screw that cap tightly enough to stop leaks past the threads, it can distort the duck bill insert and cause that to leak instead.
So, some chromed brass fittings were procured, suitable holes drilled in the walkway area with a hole saw (carefully!!), and vent pipes led down to the hated Jabsco fittings. A great time to discover that one of them had a small crack in the casing. Cue a temporary epoxy job. Grr.
The power panel had also started to do funny things. Initially, it looked like the inverters were failing (ouch!) Here is the panel:
The incoming genset supply shows 228 volts. The power being "passed through" the inverter to the consumers shows 209 volts. Bit of a problem! However, when the heating / air conditioning system was fed from the inverters, it showed a healthy 228 volts as per the picture. So, not likely to be the physical inverter causing trouble then. Maybe the cabling to the consumers fed via the "inverter panel"? Well, checking the voltage at one of the plug sockets, it was fine. Opening up the power panel, the errant voltage gauge was getting the same full 228 v fed to it but was only displaying 209 v. It also had started to wander around by about 10 volts. A seriously sick gauge.
Once again, the Nordhavn Owners' group was a wonderful resource. The advice was that this is normally caused by a capacitor failing on a circuit board and a new one of those is three orders of magnitude cheaper than a new gauge. The trick is to replace it before it fails totally and destroys the rest of the gauge! Hence the unit was hastily unplugged.
The power panel does not look quite as professional now:
The plastic bag hanging out of the slot contains the connector plug for the sick gauge.
Just need to find someone with a fine point soldering iron now - we only have a chunkier one on board that would trash the printed circuit board. The fine one is stored away with our furniture in Romsey (we hope).
The offending capacitor is the closest one (the biggest black cylinder for the non electronics folks):
It hasn't all been work though. There has been a little playtime too, walking the white fluffy dogs (Pip and Poppy) the black spaniel Bronwen and having a visit from Anne and Izzy (our goddog).
The three smaller canines looked quite cute together:
Izzy took quite a shine to Pip. Quite a shine. Shame that the poor lad had been "done" a while ago. Still, it must have done his street cred no end of good.
All was well until Izzy had chicken and cabbage for dinner. You can work the rest out for yourselves.