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, 6 April 2012

A Problem

Friday 6th April 2012.
Kings Bromley Marina.

Thirty minutes after leaving the drydock on Monday we experienced a failure of the domestic alternator which was a bit of a surprise as we only had 1070 hours on the hour counter.

On Tuesday I began the investigations and came to the conclusion it was the alternator itself at fault, an Email was sent to Beta Marine asking for their comments on such an early failure.

We considered ourselves fortunate it failed when it did and not miles away during the summer, feeling that we needed to carry a spare I checked on Ebay and found a brand new replacement being sold by a Mobile Marine Engineer based at Leek in Staffordshire, so I drove up and bought it.

This morning I fitted the new alternator and all is now well, depending on what Beta Marine decide to do (maybe nothing as we are 15 months out of warranty) I'll get the failed unit repaired and find space for it somewhere, keeping a spare part usually means it will never be needed. 

Replacement fitted.

If you have any electrical or heating problems then try Ed Shiers at Four Counties Marine Services, he covers the midlands and northwest.

1 comment:

Geoff and Mags said...

Hi Both
We often use Ed, and can recommend him. Always cheerful, and nothing is too much trouble. Funnily enough we met him for the same reason, a failed alternator. He parcelled one up for us and overnighted it to Marlow Lock on the Thames.