The Geyser is Dead – Long Live the Geyser

27 Jan

RIP Rinnai… rest in paradise.images

It was with much sadness that I finally had to accept the inevitable and replace my 10+ year old gas geyser. It has given me good service since we’ve been together and for that I am grateful. Thank you, and I hope you’ve gone to a better place.

I do believe it could have been fixed up, were the parts available and my need for hot water not so insistent, but there’s only so much kettle boiling and cadging the use of other peoples’ showers I (and other people) can endure.

Could be that ‘better place’ will be the little boat…IMG_20140530_133436

Given that John has not tossed it into the recycling but instead found it a warm dry place to shelter for the time being, I reckon he’ll set about its resurrection and has a plan for installing it on his little boat – along with my ex water pump too no doubt. With his third world/agricultural background that’s a distinct probability I would say – since when has a lack of spares ever stopped him from cobbling something together before..? Good luck to him.

So, normal service has been resumed on the ablutions front, courtesy of a Morco D61E water boiler, which is now installed into the cupboard vacated by its predecessor…001

It’s a tight fit but, nevertheless, it does fit so I’m happy with that. And ecstatic to once again have ‘on demand’ hot water and a well-behaved shower.

(My neighbours are quite pleased too that they no longer have to stand upwind of me.)

I found the best deal from a camping shop in Norfolk – believe it or not – better than Midland Chandlers, who I’ve always found pretty good in the past. I called them on the Sunday, it was sent by courier on the Monday and arrived here on Tuesday. No delivery charge and a clear £50 less than anywhere else selling the same model. Bargain.

So, in the last six months or so, dear old Hobo…Fotheringhay - a favourite spot

Has cost me dear had some well-deserved attention lavished on her. I shouldn’t complain (when has shouldn’t ever stopped me before..?) as I have enjoyed nine virtually trouble-free years from her.

It’s the way with boats though. As someone once said… Bring On Another Thousand Smackers… or it’s a little like standing under a cold shower ripping up £20 notes. Bit harsh… at least my new boiler only cost hundreds – a house version would cost thousands.

That said, I’m looking forward to a break from spending and hope that any surprises just around the corner are all nice ones. And with any luck, the sort that pay me money…untitled-

I live in hope.

And now I’m off for a shower.

2 Responses to “The Geyser is Dead – Long Live the Geyser”

  1. Steve & Angela January 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Hope this is the end of your round of maintenance woes. Though I guess another round will start before too long, it’s the nature of the beast.
    Enjoy your nice hot showers, just what’s needed at this time of year. Though what I really miss is a long soak in a hot bath.

    • Boatbird January 27, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

      Quite right – no substitute for that long, hot soak in a bath – I miss that too. I do a little cat/house sitting occasionally so make the most of the facilities on offer when I do..!

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