Thursday, 12 March 2009

Chasing our tail.

Now moored by Premier Inn Hinckley.

Since Saturday our leaking calorifier (hot water tank) has been getting worse forcing us to try and get it fixed now rather than later. We have tried 3 marina’s who basically just want to sell us a new tank at £300+ which we don’t need, I rung plumbers who don’t do brazing any more but suggested trying air condition installers who still do brazing. We did find one such company but they couldn’t help until Friday as their welder was away in London on a job.

We did get one plumber to come and have a look and he confirmed my diagnosis of a split weld but he didn’t have the necessary equipment and he suggested a car mechanic may be able to do the job. As we are right next to the Trinity Land Rover dealership I went and spoke to the service manager and he said that he knows a marine engineer in Coventry who could do it.

An arrangement was made to have the tank out and in TLR’s workshop by 8am today and he would transport it to and from the engineer in Coventry. It should have been back in the boat by mid afternoon and up and running by tea time. However due to some transportation hiccups it didn’t return to the boat until 6pm. Being a little too late to get it reinstalled tonight, as we have no hot water or heating we have booked ourselves into the Premier Inn and we can see the boat from our window. King size bed, unlimited hot water, tea and coffee, a bath or shower, such bliss.

2 comments:

Nb Caxton said...

Oh you two are going to take full advantage of all that hot water; how many baths/showers are you going to enjoy before checking out?
Well done at getting a resolution, good old Land Rover..
Lesley

Derek and Dot said...

Hi Lesley
We're not telling you that excepting we dont need to check out until 12pm. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, fingers crossed.
Take care, Dot