Not since last Autumn have I ventured out with the Boat For My Potplants on the stormy waters of the Colne. Back then my little beauty of a new Suzuki motor cut out a couple of times, and particularly at the crucial moment of coming back into moorings.
That freaked me out I must admit, and caused me to lose what little confidence I had thus far been gaining in my quest for river navigation.
A few weeks ago, with the help of my brother-in-law Martin, we removed the motor and took it to those great chaps at the Suzuki dealer in Brightlingsea to find out what the problem was, and also to have the first service carried out.
A small amount of sediment had been found in the carburetor. I hope that was the only problem, and that it's now been corrected.
Now I'm eager to get the motor back on to the boat and have another crack at seamanship just as soon as the cold weather eases.