Friday 29 March 2013

Spring Cruise 2013 (2)

Pastures to Long Sandal.

Weather: Woke this morning to bright sunshine. The wind was almost none existent.

Pastures: Under way by 9:45 After leaving Mexborough top lock one in the boats in the convoy had engine problems. This meant limping along at a little over tick over speed. Problem diagnosed as possible fuel starvation.

Sprotborough Lock: Four boats observed approaching the lock as we were about to leave. Indicated that we would hold the gates open until the boats entered the lock. However, we were surprised that they refused indicating that they preferred to operate the lock themselves. Requiring the gates to be closed!

Doncaster: After arriving at Doncaster visitor moorings, some boat crews went shopping. Others helped with diagnosing the engine problem. A very dirty diesel filter was removed and exchanged. The second water trap filter was also changed as a precaution. A short cruise up to Long Sandal was used to test the engine. The problems seem to have been fixed. 

Long Sandal: The wind picked up a bit as we approached Long Sandal Visitor Moorings.The wind chill was biting. Shortly afterwards the first snow shower arrived.

Day Totals
Miles: 11.3
Locks: 3

Swing/Lift Bridges: 0
Tunnels: 0
Pumpouts: 0
Engine Hours: 3.8

Running Totals
Miles: 1337.9
Locks: 914
Swing / Lift Bridges: 167
Tunnels. 22
Pump Outs: 14
Engine Hours: 2514.1

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