No Direction

No Direction is our 70ft Narrowboat which is now home to my wife Jayne and myself, it was launched on 4th February 2008.

We spend the Winters in a Marina and cruise in the warmer weather.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Going Well

Friday 30th March 2012
In the dock at Shobnall.

I didn't get started on the propeller swop until just after lunch time as the other boat in the dock with us had a really thick growth on the hull which took a long time with the pressure washer to shift.

So out with the old split pin and undo the retaining nut to the end of the thread, after about 20 minutes beating with a piece of hardwood and a hammer the prop was putting up strong resistance, maybe I need to get the gas bottles down and apply a bit of heat, but before it came to that Gareth who runs the dock passed a larger hammer down and 5 minutes later and it was off.

Mr Noisy on the left.

New prop went on OK with just a bit of fettling with a file to the keyway, new hole drilled for the new spit pin and that's it, a quiet propeller we hope.

Stainless Steel shaft has 12 to 1 taper which matches the internal taper of the prop.

Nut tight and new split pin, job done.

For the next 3 hours I scraped and cleaned off the hull ready for the first Comastic coating tomorrow. Quite a tiring day, feel like I've been 3 rounds with Mike Tyson. ( bit optimistic that probably last 3 seconds.)

P.S. Found this little gem on the BBC site.


Halfie said...

The old prop looks to have taken a fair battering.

No Direction said...

Yes and the more battered it got the quieter it got, it fact it was almost silent coming here on Thursday.