We are taking in water. This is really bad news. There has allways been some water, now there is too much to ignore. I was thinking we could wait a couple of days, maybe even weeks, before we took action. But at this speed that could turn fatal for spiders living on the lower decks. If my calculations are correct (and they usually are) we are increasingly taking in about 20 liters of water every hour. No human can make that kind of condensation. With a broken handpump and a very cheap bilge-pump, it’s getting critical. Now we just have to figure out where the frock this water is coming from.
Searching the ship port to star, top to bottom. Yes, the wood is as old as the ship but there is only one small crack we can find and it’s well above water-level. also very bad news – Suggesting that one of us might have to go for a swim. We have ruled out leakage due to crash – we’ve been getting very good at not bumping into anything since we decided that FF Harry is a ship, not a boat.
One posibility is that due to the extreme heat the last couple of weeks; the wood has dried and shrunk a little just at or below the waterline. If this is the case, there is not really much we can do until we get Harry out of the water. We are painfully aware that he would like at least one new coat of whatever, but our original plan was to do this in about five months. Also, the sudden change of intake the last 24 hours speak the story of something more calumniatory.
Our working-theory is not about cracks or crashes. Harry might be old, but his engine even older. In our own euphoric state of getting back to nature there might have been a slight neglect in reading the whole 96 pages of user-manual (of which some parts are written by hand next to some very dark black and white photographs). To be honest, we have been oiling and taking care of the engine in almost every way, but it seems we have forgotten to grease up the system. We knew it had to be done, but not at the frequency listed in the manual.. The grease-cup should be turned every 5th engine hour, and the rest of the system greased every 25th. After about 75 hours. We have turned the grease-cup once.
If we are lucky, we haven’t broken or worn out anything just yet. Hopefully a good round of grease should take care of the whole sinking of our ship-problem. The parts needed is of course available if anything is broken. But getting them shipped to our floating location and paid for with our non-existant money, not to mention the whole mechanic proscess of figuring out which parts and how to replace them where – would be a lot more complicated to us than mending minor cracks.
This fight is not over. If you need a reminder – remember the title of this blog and then go share it with everyone! (Especially SABB-mechanics and rich people prone to donations).