Maintenance continues! Since our last post we've been working on two main projects.
Our Australian-purchased Great Circle 4-person liferaft went out of service in May last year. We needed to have it serviced, and also wanted it in a canister instead of a valise. Great Circle helped us find a service centre able to do the work in the UK.
SeaGo Yachting based in Sussex did the work and provided a helpful set of photos. We opted for a 24-hour equipment pack. The air cylinder had to be pressure-tested due to its age but the liferaft itself is in good condition.
|24-hour pack contents|
|24-hour pack container|
|Liferaft sealed and in canister base|
|Liferaft in canister|
When we bought Zen Again she had a TMC electric toilet. We've never been big fans of electric toilets but it has served us well. We refurbished the unit in 2012 while in Darwin, replacing the electric motor, seals etc.
In Thailand in 2013 we replaced all sea cocks. Just before leaving Fremantle in 2015 we had to haul out the boat and replace the two head sea cocks. Both weren't closing properly and the discharge hose was almost blocked. We always open and close both head inlet and head outlet sea cocks at every use. That's about 3000 cycles per year!
|TMC Electric Toilet|
The old system came out easily enough. We left the hoses from the sea cocks in place, held up above the water line so no water ingress was possible.
|Old toilet homeless|
|Old toilet removed|
|Lavac pump in the locker|
|New hoses on the sea cocks|
|1" inlet vented loop with reducer to 3/4" for Lavac|
(note the Japanese "waterline" label)
|1.5" outlet vented loop|