10 January 2007
Woke up this morning (da-da-da-da-da)
 well, on the roof of the boat
I woke up early this morning to the sound of torrential rain on the boat roof. Not a problem - quite soothing, in fact - other than for the leaks around the vents.
Then I heard an insistent "eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" noise from somewhere.
At first I paid little attention to it, because Burton is full of strange sounds and smells, largely connected with the breweries. (Living downwind of Marstons is a whole load better than living opposite the Kerry Foods factory, and the attendant 5am deliveries, as I did last year.) "Eeeee"s and "rrrrrr"s and "sssssss"s are quite common.
After about five minutes I realised this was a bit louder than the average "eeeee".
Fall out of bed. Walk up to the bow. Noise gets quieter. (I'm starting to have suspicions.) Walk back to the stern. Noise quite loud. Fumble around with the back door locks, which were designed by a cretin and require poking things with a stick, finally get them open, noise now very loud. Open the engine compartment.
Ok, so the survey wasn't quite accurate when it said the bilge pump wasn't connected to anything.
So much rain had fallen that the float switch on the bilge pump had kicked in, which is good. This is what float switches are meant to do. Sadly the bilge pump doesn't (pump, that is). Nor does the panel switch work. If the boat was going to sink it'd have done so when we loaded the organ in, so I'm not too worried about that, but a bilge pump burning out is not a whole load of fun. Especially as it'll stop me getting back to sleep.
The bilge pump system was also designed by a cretin, or possibly an underappreciated genius. (I think the survey described it as "ingenious", or maybe it was "stupid".) It involves a tray floating in a sump for no apparent reason, a bunch of hoses, and the hitherto undiscovered ability of water to flow uphill. And, of course, a lot of nasty bilge water.
A lot of shlepping about with saucepans didn't make the pump start pumping, or just shut up, but it did change the noise to a rather more impressive sounding "Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnngh". Eventually I ended up using the hand-pump to manually empty the bilge, at which point the bilge pump decided its USP was clearly under threat and that maybe returning to hibernation wasn't such a bad idea.
Unfortunately I was now sufficiently wet, and awake, that returning to hibernation wasn't an option for me.
Some other stuff:
"... a tray floating in a sump for no apparent reason, a bunch of hoses, and the hitherto undiscovered ability of water to flow uphill..."
This isn't a variant of the "biscuit-tin under stern gland" thing that some people advocate? (As I understand it the point being to ensure that water leaking from the stern gland is pumped out before it mixes with whatever's in the bilge, minimising the amount of engine oil that's pumped out with it, but I may have this backwards.)
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