pjbharrison 9:18am, 28 April 2013
Just before I paid balance for boat got a call from wife to say my cat Oscar had been killed by a car outside house. My favourite pet ever! All very upset.
Got boat ready, antifoul etc and relaunched. Keel wire brushed with grinder and sanded, Vactan rust converter applied, 2 pack epoxy paint and 2 coats of antifoul. Engine had been serviced etc but on launch started engine and no water from exhaust. Found jubilee clips on hose from impeller had not been tightened, water spraying everywhere. Tightened and all ok. Bill from marine services for work carried out on engine , seacocks and small repair to rudder £756. Estimate was £400. Shakedown sail went well except leisure battery in bad condition. Bought new one for £120. Set off 5.30am Fri. Forecast F4 NW. Around St Ann's head F6 NW. Went to start engine. nothing! She has 2 starter batteries. 1 dead and sucking life out of other and alternator. Disconnected it and engine started ok. Smoke from cabin after a few mins! Opened engine compartment to find bilge full of oil. Stopped engine and turned back under sail. Considered scuppering boat! Tried not to cry! Removed panels around engine and searched for source of oil leak. Eventually found no leak from engine but from a bottle of oil in lazerette that had fallen over and leaked onto exhaust, ran along exhaust, hence smoke, and into engine bay. Returned to marina to clean engine etc and have alternator checked. Forecast update 5/6 NW. Got ferry home. Ferry 20min late home due to high seas and winds. Boat bus had left so had to get taxi to Wexford to catch another bus got home 00.30.
busy home [deleted] 6 years ago
What a B ,,,
You did everything right.
The yanmar is the simplest engine of all . seperate water pump , no intercooler nowt ..
Stop the credit card?
The alternator is a car type so £30 to £40 ..
I wish I lived closer to Boomerang , I would do every thing needed for a chineese meal .
pjbharrison 6 years ago
Alternator is fine and putting out a good charge, Ron.
She's ready to sail home now that all the gremlins have been worked out....hopefully!
Just need the weather and crew.
She has water, diesel and dry/tinned foods on board. Just need some fresh foods for the trip. I can get an evening ferry over arriving midnight, taxi 6 miles to boat and set off right away or in the morning
pjbharrison 6 years ago
By the way...

She sails really well. We hit 8.6knts through the water on the way back in on main and working jib. Motors well too.
busy home [deleted] 6 years ago
Ring me anytime . I need your number.
Do a long visual check on motor running before casting off . WITH a torch
Tighten down the starting handle shaft
Note the starting handle has two lugs for one end and two for the other end... Oppo rotation !
Very sorry about Oskar .. It scared the Sh..t out of me when Alice fell in ..
pjbharrison 6 years ago
We ran the engine for about an hour and a half on the way back in so all OK, fingers crossed. Have practiced starting engine on handle a couple of times in marina after launch in case of battery failure! Compression is huge, thank God for decompression lever. Couldn't turn engine over without it. She starts easily with the handle or battery.
busy home [deleted] 6 years ago
Ok.. All the best.
Super Snoopy 050 6 years ago

Glad I was otherwise engaged! I'm reasonably free next week if you have a weather window and need more help. (Not in a F6 NW though)
NormanKlipspringer Posted 6 years ago. Edited by NormanKlipspringer (admin) 6 years ago
Well done Paul for sorting out problems. Glad you got back safe. Maybe the boat's name is telling you something. Good luck for next time.
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
If it all went well, wouldn't it all be so boring!!
Sorry to hear about the problems, but better to have them where you can return to base, and you've already learned a lot.
I had problems with Amrum last year (reported on the website at the time), but fortunately they happened close to home, and with any luck they are sorted now.
9ms are seriously fast!
Good luck with the second attempt.
CaptainQuick1 6 years ago
Sorry to hear about the problems and your pet. It seems to happen when you collect a new boat (to everyone). You got back safely which is the main thing.

Yanmars are brilliant engines and it won't let you down if it's looked after well (check the exhaust elbow if its a 2GM20). I fitted a battery selector switch (in the nav. table foot well) which allows you to select each battery for the starter, or bridge them both together (for emergencies). There is a charge distributor (blocking diodes) to share the charge from the alternator to each battery.

When I collected Freebooter from Ipswich heading to Poole, we were half way across the Thames estuary and water was lapping above the floorboards. Turned out the boatyard hadn't tightened the keel bolts down properly...I wasn't too pleased - to say the least! I don't trust boat yards now...
spearhead_027 6 years ago
Commiserations about Oscar, Paul. You certainly seem to have had a baptism of oil, if (fortunately) not fire, and a very long day with little apparently gained. I'm a bit puzzled about the smoke bit though, as my exhaust pipe never gets that hot, so long as the impeller pumps water through the system. Take a good look at how much water is coming out of the exhaust before you set off again.

Good luck with finding a weather window and may you have a beam reach all the way!

Is the boat now officially Boomerang or Boomarang?
Freebird 1011 6 years ago
What a pain! On the positive side hopefully you have all teething problems ironed out and are now ready for a good voyage home.

Btw, Freebird went in the water yesterday pictures to follow!

Fair winds, Duncan
busy home [deleted] 6 years ago
Good point about hot exhaust.... My YSE pumps loads of water out the exhaust ... Check it ...
Skykomish1 6 years ago
Well what a start to new boat ownership..appropriately named as you surely did come back to port..but I sympathise after spending sooo much money with so called professionals you expect trouble free motoring... Hopefully all sorted now and your next trip will be better.. I too have been in that pit of despair when giving up and letting all your problems sink to the bottom of the sea seems like the best option.. but hang in there I'm sure it will be worth it..well that's what I keep telling myself!
Good luck
BERT A24 6 years ago
Sorry you had such a rough time Paul. My first question has to be who left the open bottle of oil in the lazarette? My second is who didn't check the engine after it was serviced, obviously it wasn't done if the leak did not get noticed.
Red Marlin 6 years ago
You were not done any favours during handover were you ? But as you are finding out the A9 is well worth it.
I had 2 battery switches on RM and a Turkish electrician suggested a third (fitted it for nothing while he did other work). Said I would probably never use it and I have not. However if I had problems with the starter battery I can switch over to leisure batteries.
pjbharrison 6 years ago
Debriefed crew !
Smoke appeared when trying to start engine. It was from backfires through air inlet as batteries failed to turn engine over sufficiently. I was lying behind engine so failed to notice.
Once we got her started there was no further smoke and we ran her for an hour and a half.
Oil can was under spare fenders in lazarette, left behind by last owner. I should have checked.
The new leisure battery I bought is a dual purpose battery that can be used as a starter battery too. There is a battery switch for the two starter batteries, 1,2, 1+2, off. another on/off switch for the leisure battery and a crossover switch to allow it to be charged or supplement the starter batteries.

Boat's correct name is Boomerang, printers made an error when making dodgers and decals. I hope to get them changed.

Hoping to try again on May 6th if weather is OK.
Let me know if anyone fancies an adventure!
farmer boy 6 years ago
Best of luck to you PJ! I would love to crew for you but I will be on a hired Beneteau somewhere off Corfu. Trying one last attempt to get my wife turned onto sailing..... bless her for agreeing to try again!

Super Snoopy 050 6 years ago
Sorry Paul, I've commitments on 7th and 10th. Best of luck. Alan
pjbharrison Posted 6 years ago. Edited by pjbharrison (member) 6 years ago
Going to try again!
Ferry from Rosslare to Pembroke Monday evening, 6th May, arriving 00.45 Tuesday. Lock gates open 02.09 to 04.09. Hope to leave before 03.00.
Winds look very favourable at the moment.

Should I change the boat's name before leaving?
spearhead_027 6 years ago
Don't do it at sea! I believe there's an appropriate ceremony (including drink) - better done with home resources. May you average 6 knots.
Amrum 9171Y 6 years ago
Have a good sail. Looking to hear how it goes.
Skykomish1 6 years ago
Your weather window looks ok for a couple of days but deteriorating by Wednesday, well according to the BBC so good luck.. perhaps it is best not to tempt providence and wait until you get to port before changing her name...lol
BERT A24 6 years ago
Things are looking good for all day Tue. Have a look here:

Enjoy the trip.
Super Snoopy 050 6 years ago
Take plenty of snaps, I would have liked to have seen the smoke from the last attempt!
BERT A24 6 years ago
You home yet, or are you still recovering from the renaming ceremony???
pjbharrison 5 years ago
Finally made it to Skerries!
Last leg from Wicklow to Skerries, about 45nm, in 7hrs with tide.
Exhaust repair perfect. Oil worries over too it seems. Just a cleaning and some TLC needed now, hopefully.
Thanks for all the encouragement.
BERT A24 5 years ago
Glad to hear you've finally made it back to Skerries and hopefully peace and quiet.
spearhead_027 5 years ago
Plus one on that. The enthusiasm with which Boomerang made the run for her new home mooring bodes well, I trust!
Now you've had it up, may I ask what number is displayed on the mainsail?
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