After starting my engine with the bottom end in a trug bucket full of water . . . . . . . . Just as I started it I got a message from the girl in charge of my diet and replied to it.
In what seemed like seconds but was probably a bit longer. (I'm not the fastest texter) I checked the telltale . . . . . . . .Nothing . . . . . " Oh Bottom " ! I thought.
I was using a bucket to keep the noise down!
Went for muffs and changed fitting on hose to suit. . . . . . .Too late!
Made a call to Sam who does my services etc. (Not been serviced for 3 years due to lack of use)
He came round a couple of hours later for a look. Impeller housing deformed due to heat!
Ordered all new parts for full service & damaged impeller bits.
Took a little while to get ALL of the parts but it's done now and runs sweet!
He came yesterday and talk of catching a few got me eager to get out there.
Got on the water at 3:00pm and headed out. Got a call from Mick (Sparky) on the radio. They'd been sunbathing around the back of Brownsea and were heading in.
Outside the harbour and away from traffic the sea was flat enough to open her up. Heading towards Southbourne at 30MPH
Just past Boscombe pier I heard Doombar & Fisheagle discussing all the fish over Swanage way ! !
I'm going the wrong flipping way again!
Turned Tiddler around and headed for Swanage.
When Doombar & Fisheagele finished their chat I called Doombar a couple of times but no answer.
Got to Swanage looking for a " White Bouy" that Hooky said plenty of Bream were there.
I couldn't find a white bouy anywhere so drifted around for a while but never had a nibble so went over to Ballard and anchored there.
Saw someone on a bigger boat further out waving but had no idea who it was. (It was Ian)
Stayed there a while without a sniff so back to Swanage for another drift.
Tally for the day was " Nowt " but what a fantastic day to be out and Tiddler's engine was smoooooooooooooth. For a 13ft boat she's very happy out there.
I think I used about half a crown in fuel. ( Anyone younger than Me that's 12.5p )
Lesson for the day.
Don't get distracted. Check the telltale ! !
I'm loving this furlough!
I expect my nasty old boss will want me to start working again now Tiddler's sorted, Sun's shining and bulk of D.I.Y's finished.
Sounds as though I've got time on my hands. Not a chance. I don't know how I ever had time to go to work.