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Play d’eau’s holiday technical issues

The gearbox oil leak throws oil out of the flywheel housing

Play d’eau’s been brilliant and had very few engineering problems over the years. Maybe it’s a sign of her age (she’s 13 now), but we’ve had a few coming to the surface, recently.

So here’s a list of issues from our Tech Log which remain outstanding, together with ones we solved during the holiday …

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Exterminating bugs

Robin of RES replaces the GPS1 aerial of the Furuno satellite compass

Bugs – the bane of Play d’eau’s new Pilot House new electronics. Can we really exterminate them? I remember seeing mother-in-law size cockroaches in Delhi years ago in my flying days. There’d been a flying ant swarm and cockroaches …

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Simrad v Furuno – the problem solved?

Andy Craig of MEI resolves the Simrad AP 70 autopilot problem

In my post ‘The Finishing Touches’ I hinted at a major problem with the Simrad AP70 autopilot. Given it was only the second AP70 to be installed (serial No 2) was it a software problem? An integration issue?

Andy Craig of MEI comes to the rescue …

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The finishing touches

Martin at Beaucette Marina

Martin Janning flies to Guernsey on a lovely blue sky and hot day, to ‘sort out’ the niggles that have become apparent since the refit …

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