I got an email from Stuart earlier in the week to tell me the tiller bearings job has been completed. I needed a few bits from Midland chandlers at Willington so went over got my bits (news bilge pump and lamp oil) and carried on to Fradley.
I'm very pleased with the work done - to time to the quote provided and I now have a perfect rattle free tiller arm. I popped on the tiller arm, the lovely hinged one Rachel brought me for my birthday and fired the engine up and ran the boat in gear at a few different speeds (Sorry Mandy if you are reading this as it would have buffeted you a little) and all was well. One othr benefit was at certain 'engine charging' revs the tiller would hit a resonance that rolled through the boat - no more.
The real test will be this weekend when we go out on a mini cruise to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary (Feb 14th) No sure where we will be going yet. I quite fancy Great Heywood but it has given really poor weather for Sunday so we may just go until we fancy stopping - as it should be.
The grease nipple thread was different so Stuart is sending me one over as I am happy to fit it myself.
I am happy to recommend Stuart. His email address is
Back over the border and on to Trevor.
19 hours ago