An easy half day, leaving Caen Hill at around 12pm after buying a bell for my bike in Devizes and having my lunch.
As you may have read, I fixed the engine myself.
Believe it or not, it actually runs better now.
In the new smoother Bonnie, I took off through the gates of Caen Hill along my merry way.
It wasn’t long before I hit some locks. There’s just so many of them on this canal.
When I went to park the boat before the locks, so I could operate the paddles and open the gates, there was a 60ft wide beam sitting, covering all the bollards.
I thought ‘they may be in the locks’, unlikely. As I approached, it became clearer they weren’t in the locks. The boat was abandoned. Just left close to the locks, with a sign in the window with a phone number on it.
As I pulled up, there was no-where to put my boat, and I had to tie it to the side of this widebeam whilst I negotiated the lock. …
I’ve had a chance to tidy her up a bit, and her batteries are charging.
Haven’t had chance to look at the engine – due to the weather.
I’ve got until 2 pm tomorrow to sort it out myself.
It ain’t a great or difficult job.
Bleeding a BMC marine engine
Bleeding is a case of getting all the air from the injection system, by means of manual pumping and turning the engine over.
When you run out fuel, it’s a kind of standard job you’ll find yourself, or someone else, doing.
I’ve got some additional kit and tips off other boaters, and TBH, I’d managed to bleed it through most of the bleed points on the BMC 18,000 engine. I need the power in the batteries to continue the job and finish off.
I’ll have another look at it tomorrow, when it’s not raining.