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by Uncle Albert
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: I've lost my bilge pump......
Replies: 7
Views: 1595

Re: I've lost my bilge pump......

My electric bilge pump is in the engine bay on the port side half way up the engine bay height and sucks filth via a green pipe from below the engine thence through the pump which is an oscillating diaphragm type and then out of transom. Makes a hell of a racket but seems to be quite efficient at po...
by Uncle Albert
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: My first lift-in - what should I do?
Replies: 23
Views: 3448

Re: My first lift-in - what should I do?

Cor I am tired out after all that excitement.

At last her keels are properly wet. Its all easy from now on :D :D :D :D

Good luck and may the 2017 season be kind to all of us.

Unc ( still with an MD2C thumper)
by Uncle Albert
Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Behind mast reefing systems
Replies: 6
Views: 1504

Re: Behind mast reefing systems

Well! Uncle Albert! I am shocked :o I thought you were a staunch traditionalist, like me! Congratulation TyroSailor you are the first person ever to commend me in that way. :lol: The truth of the matter is that being in my 60s I always look for the easy way so that the sailing is a pleasure. Lets fa...
by Uncle Albert
Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Behind mast reefing systems
Replies: 6
Views: 1504

Re: Behind mast reefing systems

My Centaur was fitted with TAB in mast reefing additions and I luv it. Whilst folks are teetering about undoing sail ties and sail covers and connecting halyards then winching said sail up mast I just loosen the main sheet, release the furling line clutch and pull on the out haul and I am off. Even ...
by Uncle Albert
Mon Jul 11, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Oil like cream!
Replies: 6
Views: 1547

Re: Oil like cream!

different engine I know but sounds like a similar issue to me of some years ago. There are only really 3 ways of water getting into the oil sump:- 1, head gasket.................. you have had a new one so unlikely 2, Water pump seals 3 perforation of cylinder liner ( Like what I had) Water pump sea...
by Uncle Albert
Fri May 20, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Engine Oil type and source
Replies: 14
Views: 3394

Re: Engine Oil type and source

And the oil filter numbers you require are:-
Volvo Penta part no is 8344337
and Uni part equivalent UGCGFE210. So find your local motor factor and quote the latter ( they can cross ref to a comparable type from whoever supplies them), and save about a fiver.

Unc
by Uncle Albert
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: The eternal leak
Replies: 7
Views: 1912

Re: The eternal leak

I too had a similar situation. Did the taste test. You need to have a strong constitution for that, given that it could be salt, fresh (rain), fresh (water tank), or not so fresh (heads plumbing!!!) It turned out to be fresh (and not too savoury) so guessed that it was from the water tank in the bow...
by Uncle Albert
Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: LED tricolour and anchor lights
Replies: 4
Views: 1663

Re: LED tricolour and anchor lights

Dont spend that sort of money . :shock: Spend far less on a replacement LED bulb from SEAROLF (for example there are others but that's where mine came from a couple of years ago). Alternatively try an auto electrical supplier. As you may well know LEDs only work in one polarity so you might have to ...
by Uncle Albert
Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Advice sought for MD11C TLC
Replies: 7
Views: 1636

Re: Advice sought for MD11C TLC

Hoorah there is another MD out there. My suggestions are as follows:- 1. Use only mineral oil cheap Tesco or similar so long as its the right SAE/viscosity rating (same oil in both gearbox and engine). These engines were never designed for synthetics and............ 2. Use only red diesel (unless go...
by Uncle Albert
Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: in-hull depth transducer in Centaur?
Replies: 3
Views: 1245

Re: in-hull depth transducer in Centaur?

I Installed one in 2014 due to the expiry of my autohelm one of some 20 years. I have for too many holes in my hull for stuff (there are 2 redundant transducers through hull so did not want another!!) The NASA one has worked fine and the installation was done the simplest way. Firstly I test sited i...
by Uncle Albert
Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: roller furling jib tangled problem
Replies: 12
Views: 3259

Re: roller furling jib tangled problem

I have a similar issue (Colnbrook furling) which mean that the top swivel does not go up and down the foil and the sail is hoisted by what amounts to a continuous wire halyard made off at the drum at the bottom. Early in my ownership of my Centaur the top swivel picked up on the cruising chute halya...
by Uncle Albert
Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Centaur -water under engine?
Replies: 6
Views: 1311

Re: Centaur -water under engine?

I also seem to get a consignment of water in the engine compartment bilge over the year. On top of this is usually a layer of oil which startled me the first time I saw it. I know not where either of these substances come from as I do not know of any leaks and teh engine does not use oil. It is cert...
by Uncle Albert
Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Kicking strap rigging?
Replies: 5
Views: 1433

Re: Kicking strap rigging?

Looks like its been installed up side down there is a free pully on the deck organiser port side which looks a prime candidate.

Unc
by Uncle Albert
Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: westerly centaur
Replies: 5
Views: 1386

Re: westerly centaur

Ha youve got one of mine. :D I only have a single port (serving the heads). It would seem that if the first owner was buying to order then one two or more could be specified. I am sure that Trafalgar yachts personnel could confirm this theory.
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by Uncle Albert
Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Hi from New Owner/Engine advice?
Replies: 19
Views: 3464

Re: Hi from New Owner/Engine advice?

Again well done for getting back to that point. Centaur keels also double as a plough from time to time here on the east coast mud. I have been successful over the past 5 years in making a 'lagoon' and 'canal' from my swinging mooring to deeper water, by trying to leave just that little bit too earl...