Not to be defeated at my last attempt to take friends out, which was foiled by the broken bridge, I arranged to take out another party last weekend. It started out with all the hall marks of the previous failure.
Janet and Richard with their grand children, Daniel and James, were really looking forward to a few hours and lunch on the boat. So to make sure all went well I got there early, with extra food and drink and board games. I got the fire going to take the chill off. The bridge looked in working order so what could go wrong?
At nine I judged I would not disturb anyone by starting the engine. Well I didn’t, because it didn’t, start I mean. Over and over she went until the battery was flat. I jumped her to the domestic batteries until they were flat. There was fuel and glow plugs so why won’t she start?
By now I was looking forlornly into the engine bay, the only sound being the gentle buzzing of the charger trying to get some energy back into the batteries.
Now I know some of you will not approve, or think me mad, but I shot a quick pleading prayer “upstairs”. “After all Lord, it’s not my pride and joy, I just want to take the family out”. I tried her again, and she just turned over and over until the battery was flat again. Then a light came on in my head. I am a member of RCR (River canal rescue), and there would be enough time for them to come out before my guests arrive! A quick call and they were on their way, such nice people!
So I sat, somewhat relieved, and listened to the charger for a bit more, and thought, but why won’t she start? There is fuel, but at only 40 litres now it is lower than the engine. So, if there is an air leak the fuel will drain away from the pump, and we have a air lock, maybe? Why not try re-priming with the lift pump? So I pumped for a few minutes, another quick prayer and .. she started first time.. Whoopee! A quick call to RCR to cancel the call out, no charge, such nice people!.
Well that just teaches me not to rely on my own self confidence. Be prepared to ask someone else, and even if you don’t need them in the end you at least know there are there to help.* psalm 121
Oh yes, we did go out and share lunch aboard. I think they really enjoyed themselves.
I must find out if I have got a leak ad fill the tank up a bit as well.