Favourite quote

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
- Nelson Mandela

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Interesting weekend

Woke up early and excited for a fishing trip on my friends boat after I helped fix his fish finder and toilet. Wives attended and it was a fun days outing.

OK, so our wives did most of the catching and catering

The day was perfect and the company was great.
On the way home, we were discussing the engine noise, the owner mentioned how the belt was a bit slappy at low speed but ran smoother at high speed, and sure enough it did, and within a second or 2 the alternator light came on.
We didn't really need to worry about power as diesel engines don't need power to run. About 2 minutes later, a great fog of smoke bellowed from the engine.
Grabbing a load of life jackets and fire extinguisher and ensuring the women were at a safe distance it was time to find out the source of the smoke. The owner slowly opened up the engine cowling with me at the ready with the extinguisher, only to be welcomed with a cabin fill of smoke so thick I could barely see the far side of the engine and expecting the inrush of Oxygen to cause more problems we waited.
and waited
and waited.
With the smoke clearing, we discovered the alternator belt also powered the water pump.

30 minutes later, having replaced the belt, watching as replaced water ran freely out a frost plug at the top of one of the cylinders, we decided it was fishing time again..

Rangitoto Island to our WEST

2 hours later of fairly good fishing, we realised that the Coast Guard while good with GPS locations (had our IPhone been enabled properly) were not that hot with the old fashioned triangulation or have any understanding of what NORTH was as opposed to SOUTH, luckily our high power lamp assisted them locating us.
Wife photo of Coast Guard boat

Anyway on to Sunday -  Brunch and shopping day with my girlfriend, and a new dress for me. It's nice to be out with someone who can take photos for my blog. By 10.30am, Sylvia Park shops were getting a bit full, but it was a very enjoyable 2 hours.

I can still feel the rocking of the boat from Saturdays outing and my hands are painfully sore from fishing and bringing up the anchor each time.

I hope you have a great week

Loves & kisses from

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