Buy us a beer!

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Henningsdorf dalbe 16 - Spundwand Kuhdammweg

Berndt from the club arrived early in the morning with his motorboat carrying some spare parts and cold beverages. We did some additional motor debugging, but this time it started without issues. A mechanic was contacted, and we agreed that he could arrive the next day to help us in Töplitz if we first get the boat there. At 12:25 we started south towards Havelkanal to bypass Berlin. We arrived to the Schönewalde locks at 13:25. We had to wait for a barge to go through (and almost smash the sport boat waiting pier). We were through the locks at 14:25. At 15:55 the engine died again. A strong wind was pushing us towards the rocky side of the canal, and we dropped anchor to prevent this. Then we dug out our dinghy paddles, and turned the boat around with those. There was a docking wall slightly downwind, and we paddled the boat towards it. After a while, a small rubber boat with motor approached and towed us to the target. We tied securely. Berndt arrived again in the evening to inspect the situation and bring us a new diesel pump, this time with a car, as we were only 20 minutes drive from Gothia. The mechanic was arranged to arrive the next morning.

On the Spundwand

From the logbook

Time Position Course Speed Log Weather Remarks
14.08. 11:25 Z n/a After repair help from Bernd, leaving Henningsdorf
14.08. 13:25 Z n/a After 1h waiting at Scheuse Schoenenwalde
14.08. 14:55 Z n/a Motor died. Paddled and got towed to nearby mooring spot. Bernd visiting by car
14.08. 14:56 Z n/a Motor died yesterday 1:20h after locks when reducing RPMs. Bled aid from fuel filter + lift pump. Checked oil level - halfway between markings. Cleaned tank air intake. Berndt was able to start motor by pumping lift pump manually for half minute before, then also during starting and for a while after. Removed filter before pre-pump (was on w/zip ties)