As well as the porta potti problem yesterday (and thanks to Beardy Chas for his analysis) we had a water hose worry.
On reaching Shadow we found that the water tank was empty. It had been drained as part of winter maintenance and left dry - as was the pipework - as a precaution in case of frosts. At least, that's what I assume.
To refill the tank I unwound the hose from its Hoselok reel, connected it to the tap, switched on and ... nothing. Not even a drible from the far end.
Investigation revealed that the innermost part of the coil of hose had been badly kinked and crushed, enough to prevent any flow. I tried to straighten it, but without success.
My next line of attack was to try to unscrew the two halves of the reel. I managed to remove three screws, but the rest had rusted so much that the heads disintegrated rather than turn with the screwdriver. I suppose I could have drilled them out but I had only a hand drill, and by this stage I was cold and lacking enthusiasm to repair something which had probably been with the boat since its launch.
I cut the hose from the reel and attached a connector. Within moments I had the tank filling.
Now I suppose we need a new hose reel.
By the way, Blogger again refuses to upload more than one photo. Has anyone else experienced this?
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