Friday
Jan222016

New Year, new crew

Happy New Year to anyone reading! As usual, things have been busy at the boatyard and with work/school, so not much news to report on Misterton.  Nate had been promised a kitten for christmas, but in the end we picked one up a few weeks later. Despite the fact that we have a black and white cat (that came with the boatyard) called Ollie, Nate was adamant that he wanted a black and white kitten called, you guessed it, Ollie. One less name for me to yell I guess.

'Big' Ollie is actually far less relaxed about the whole thing than this picture suggests, but I hope he'll adapt in time.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Nov042015

October

For half term we took Misterton out on a litte trip. This was our first 'proper' trip on the Broads, and its a little different than the Thames as we had tides and a couple of swing bridges to deal with. The first bridge was at Somerleyton, and Mary was able to phone the operator to find out when it would open. We needed to hang around in the river for about 20 minutes as the waiting pontoon was fairly full of smaller boats.

When the bridge opened we let the other boats go through first to make sure we had enough room.

Slightly strange to be able to look down a railway line from the river...

 After a night at Somerleyton, we headed towards Reedham down the new cut. This is fairly canal-like and connects the Rivers Yare and Waveney. Its narrow and not too deep so we needed to go slowly in order to keep in the middle.

 Eventually Reedham bridge came into view and we were able to go straight through.

 Soon we were moored up at the quay and met up with our friends from the 'Golden Mean' who had arrived earlier in the day. We took the children for a long walk to wear them out, went to the pub and then saw a lovely sunset.

On the way home we stopped at Somerleyton again before heading back to Beccles. Nate has become fairly obsessed with steering the boat, but does a good job of responding to 'port' or 'starboard'.

So thats it for now, back to work/school for us!

 

 

 

Saturday
Sep262015

September

No, not the Earth Wind & Fire song, but the end of summer. How did it get here so quickly? We did manage one small trip in Misterton, down to the Waveney River Center where we moored for a week. Its was surprisingly refreshing to have a change of scene, I even commuted to work by boat one day for the novelty of it. The Golden Mean crew is based down there so we saw them plenty of times, and Thomas and I even managed a couple of quick drinks in the pub one night.

The boatyard continues to be busy, but there are a few weeks left until the holiday season ends. In between all this, some work has been done on Misterton. I wrote about the roof earlier, the decks have also been painted (thanks Courtney!) and the mast has been re-furbished and navigation lights installed. Just need to wire them up now.

 Meanwhile, Ollie seems to have spent most of his summer sleeping in the wheelhouse...

Thursday
Jun182015

Roof

Once again I've been painting the roof of Misterton, this time with MCU (moisture cure urethane) paint, which hopefully will fare a bit better.

The end result is good,

Unfortunately there are some problems on the deck....

....and who is now sporting sliver feet?

 

Tuesday
Mar102015

Engine 2.0

Shortly before Christmas I was browsing ebay and came across the remains of a Lister JK4 engine, basically the block and crank for little more than scrap value. For those that don't know, this is an uprated 4 cylinder version of the 3 cylinder Lister JP3 we have in Misterton. Although still based on the same 1930's design, it will rev to 1500 instead of 1200 rpm, therefore will produce 62 horsepower instead of the 30 we currently have. I know this doesn't seem much but it should make a difference and I like the old engines.

So my original plan was to gather the parts over time and use our existing engine to build a new 4 cylinder version.

However, more valuable internet surfing time (note, Mary may disagree as to the 'value') looking for spares, led me to find and purchase a complete Lister JK4. This is from a standby generator from Dover docks, and had been sitting covered for a number of years up near Doncaster. This has been duly delivered and has now joined the other one, taking up space in the workshop.

Of course, these things don't always go smoothly, and I discovered it would only rotate 180 degrees. A few stuck valves were fixed, but no difference. I started eliminating things and discovered that the fuel injection pump was partially seized (and luckily I was able to find a brand new one on ebay for less than the cost of reconditioning the old one). This has now been removed, and I can get almost 360 degrees of rotation, so now my thoughts are there is a second blockage, possibly above one of the pistons. A USB endoscope has been ordered to investigate......