We have been busy giving Moore 2 Life some much needed tender loving care. The gas locker had a very rusty floor and needed a major scrape and repaint. We used the locker to store an anchor and a load of concrete blocks as forward ballast. We have been advised to remove the anchor and ballast.
Our boat has always been a bit high at the front and the ballast helped to lower the bow. Luckily we can move the ballast to the well deck where it can reside under the front storage compartment.
So all of you boaters out there be warned, the gas locker is for nothing else but the gas bottles. Those bottles are heavy and must be made secure to prevent them hitting the gas regulator.
Then we removed the cratch cover and gave it a good scrubbing. All the spiders scurried away! The boat is beginning to look like a new pin at the front.
Even the engine compartment has had some attention. I discovered that the engine control cables and wiring loom were gently resting on the exhaust silencer! I have managed to pull them up with tie wraps to a 'sky hook'.
Do we all need a Galvanic Isolator? For many years we traveled the waterways without one. Our anodes have been doubled a while ago and are still serviceable. Out on the cut no boat is connected to an earth. Now that we are in a marina most boats are connected to earth with their land line. Does that make the difference?