On Friday I wrote about our stupid dripping taps in the bathroom & stated:
Now it’s made me wonder has this, perhaps it’s the tip of the iceberg. (That’s not being negative, it’s being prepared).
Well that’s all based on the principle of “a problem shared is a problem halved” except in our case it’s multiplied. Yes there’s something else cropped up now.
On Saturday I explained our steep learning curve when we first bought the boat – which with “Toil n’ Trouble” here lasted about 2 years. Believe it or not, that post was but a nutshell.
Previous to handover, we were fortunate in that friends taught us more than just the basics, including how to handle the boat. But once she was ours, at but a year old we were unfortunate in that all the important stuff failed except the engine. Basics didn’t come into it. She was severely under-spec in every other way.
In between boiler / batteries / inverter / slow water leaks & all the rest. TT also seemed to enjoy taking the mickey with extra relatively small problems that turned into days of work. For example the loo packing up. (Excuse pun).
We thought we were cursed, & all this at the same time as doing the house up ready for sale when no-one was buying. I honestly don’t know how we managed, I guess it was because we loved our boat, & were prepared to do whatever it took.
Sorry, I got carried away there, back to the “tip of the iceberg” thing, we were fairly safe from disasters in 2010 - 2011…
However so far this summer we’ve had 3 “new” problems:
- The engine wouldn’t start & it turned out to be a dead starter battery. Replaced it with a new one. (Phew, no big deal).
- Not long after the starter alternator joined in & packed up, while we were out! With lights, bells & whistles going off it was a slow drive home. The alternator was replaced, engine serviced, & a naughty wire was sorted. (No big deal).
- Not long after THAT the bow thruster packed up with a mystery cause that took a fair while to suss out, because it was 2 unrelated problems. (Now repaired but it cost a lot).
We’d almost forgotten that with big problems aboard this boat there’s always the complimentary “icing on the cake" as it were. Forget the taps, we’ve moved on to electrics…
A couple of weeks ago we noticed that charging either of our mobile phones in the bedroom caused interference (pixilation) with the big TV in the saloon at the other end of the boat. The plug socket in question is close to the TV signal booster, so the problem was obvious.
But why now? The TV booster is relatively new & this has never happened before. The TV in the bedroom works fine & doesn’t cause any interference, however the water pump is now doing the same thing as the phones. So there’s even a tap connection to this one!
Electrics & water, not a good mix, but specific if nothing else.
And Next??? Come on, come on, bring it on then. We can take it, says she with cautious optimism…