Sunday, 14 November 2010

Just Because I Can

Norbury Wharf, Starcross' home mooring
I don't completely "winterise" Starcross, although I do take certain precautions to prevent damage to the engine and water system over the colder months. Instead I like to pay a visit to Norbury Junction every few weeks and take her out for a short trip to give the engine a bit of use and charge up the batteries.
Until now I've had to do this at weekends, which has sometimes meant that I haven't been able to go as often as I would have liked, but now I'm a free (retired) man I shall be going up tomorrow for a few midweek days afloat.
There are a few little jobs to do, a few supplies to buy and there will be time for a little trip up (or down) the Shroppie, as the mood takes me.

2 comments:

WhatKathyDid said...

Hi,
I'm interested in what you do to protect your boat without completely winterising it. Any tips?
Thanks
Kath

Starcross said...

Kathy,
Basically all I do is drain the water tank, leave the taps open and drain the water heater. This year I will lag some of the more accessible pipework as well as I had a burst pipe under the sink last year. I know I should check the anti-freeze in the engine as well: but its recommended you service the engine about now anyway. The only other thing I do is to try and keep the diesel tank full. Bear in mind though that I never really stop using the boat and try to visit - and run the engine - at least every three weeks.
Jim