16 February, 2010

Restocking the spares store

Cruising has been said to be the performance of maintenance in exotic places or word to that effect. Having fitted out Malua from a bare hull in 2003 I was not prepared to do any more maintenance work except on a Sunday - my day of rest from sailing through the Pacific. Luckily very little needed attention so I could relax and enjoy the South Pacific. Malua is now in the Mediterranean and time has moved on. The marine environment is starting to take its toll. Most of the electrical seawater pumps have had to be replaced while the fridge sea water pump is leaking and is corroded. The rubber valves (duckbills) in the Sealand vacuum toilet have lost their flexibility and only just close while the stitching on the canvas of the bimini is starting to come apart.
So while back in Australia I have again activated my trade accounts and stated to restock the spares store. The items required are
. Repair Simrad autopilot
. Replace wind instrument at mast head
. Seawater deckwash pump
. Seawater internal pump
. Isotherm fridge control unit
. Isotherm seawater pump
. Yanmar raw water impeller
. Yamaha 8 HP water impeller
. HF radio external antenna cable
. YKK zipper and sliders
. New Australian flag
. Muir anchor counter magnet unit

The first item Simrad has given me the most problems because the Navico distributor would not take my unit in for service because it was 8 years old. The resolution to that issue is a story in itself... for another day.

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