Thursday, 26 April 2012

The Big One (4-5)

Thursday 26th of April 2012.

Dutch Riverside Moorings.

Boredom Alert: 
Being as we are hemmed in by the inclement weather conditions and that the River Ouse is in flood. I have been having a look at our fuel consumption and how we are currently using it. We leave the engine running at all times even in locks. The engine is then supplying domestic hot water and electrical power only. So far we have done 118.48 miles in a time (under propulsion) of 57 hours and 30 minutes. 118.48 / 57.5 = 2.06 mph! Our starting engine hours on this trip was 2004.9 and our current engine hours are currently 2085.0.  2085.0 - 2004.9  = 80.1 engine hours. 80.1 - 57.5 = 22.6 hours non propulsion or domestic.

However, allowing a calculated average of around 10 minutes for each lock and lift or swing bridge we have passed through. Different locks take different length of time to fill or drain. (By making a note on the length of time taken at each lock or bridge we can get an educated estimate of the average.)  Starting total 527 locks + 93 swing/lift bridge = 620 Current total 645 + 104 = 749 (749 - 620) / 6 = 21.5 hours. 22.6 + 21.5 = 44.1 hours non propulsion. (44.1 / 80.1 * 100 = 55% non propulsion) So the calculated split (so far) to declare at the next fill up is propulsion at 45% and non propulsion at 55%
Alert Over:

14:00 A fantastic storm arrived, one where it goes as dark as night. It was accompanied with monsoon type rain and thunder and lightning. The rain came down so hard it flattened the choppy water. More of the same is promised for tomorrow.

There is a saying that things come in threes.

One: Took the dogs for a walk and when we returned we had a broken window on the boat. So I went into "Old Goole" and found a UPVC window company called "Pacific Windows". They cut me a sheet of glass to size for £5. After cleaning up all the shards remaining from the old window. I had the new glass fitted in no time at all. It might be a good idea to replace the glass with a plexiglass laminate to avoid shards being scattered around by any future broken window.
Two: The Memsahib says there is a leak under the sink. We have had a the odd tiny leak from the kitchen tap from time to time. So I fitted a complete new mixer tap. Then the braided tails would not fit the existing pipework and I had to make up a couple of adaptors.  
Three: I have just knocked a large cup of coffee onto the saloon carpet. Kitchen roll and some clear water seems to have done the trick.

With a bit of luck, that's all three out of the way for today.

So its back to reading my next book in my electronic book pile on the Kindle.

Daily Total
Miles: 0
Locks: 0
Swing / Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pump Outs: 0
Engine Hours: 0.0

Accumulated Totals
Miles: 628.8
Locks: 645
Swing / Lift Bridges: 104
Tunnels: 6
Pump Outs: 8
Engine Hours: 2068.1


No comments:

Post a Comment

Please put your name to your comment. Comments without a name may automatically be treated as spam and might not be included.

If you do not wish your comment to be published say so in your comment. If you have a tip or sensitive information you’d prefer to share anonymously, you may do so. I will delete the comment after reading.