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by Alastair Miller
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Repairs to rudder base
Replies: 1
Views: 597

Repairs to rudder base

My bilge keel Westerly merlin normally takes the ground twice a day, and the bottom of the rudder is now showing signs of wear and tear. I'm looking for suggestions to carry out repairs and to make it less susceptible to damage. In particular has anyone tried using something like Kevlar or aramid cl...
by Alastair Miller
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Rotostay II - bearings need replacing?
Replies: 12
Views: 2397

Re: Rotostay II - bearings need replacing?

I had a similar problem on my Merlin a few years ago but my Rotostay 2 completely jammed. Thanks to another member at my boat club we were able to dismantle the lower end of the furler with the mast up (secured with halyards) and we found the bottom bearing had completely collapsed. The bearings are...
by Alastair Miller
Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Replacing the shaft seal on a VP2002
Replies: 4
Views: 1862

Re: Replacing the shaft seal on a VP2002

Thanks for the reassurance gents, I will have another attempt next weekend
by Alastair Miller
Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Replacing the shaft seal on a VP2002
Replies: 4
Views: 1862

Replacing the shaft seal on a VP2002

I'm sure it's time I replaced the shaft seal and having started the job I am looking to clarify exactly what needs released at the back of the gearbox. The shaft goes into a flange similar to the attached Volvo diagram and I have successfully released the 6 bolts that secure the 2 sides of the flang...
by Alastair Miller
Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Rudder protection
Replies: 1
Views: 1002

Rudder protection

My bilge keel Merlin is on a drying mooring and inevitably at the end of every season the bottom of the rudder has sustained damage which gets some epoxy repair over the winter. Has anyone tried a better and long-lasting solution such as some form of protective plate or shoe, if so using what materi...
by Alastair Miller
Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: What battery for engine starting?
Replies: 5
Views: 2162

What battery for engine starting?

Hi, I'm looking for some advice on choosing a battery for starting a VP 2002 on my Merlin. I suspect the existing battery which was fitted by a previous owner is now end of life. It is marked with a name I can't find any info on and rated at 105AH though I have no idea if it is a 'proper' engine sta...
by Alastair Miller
Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Replacing the Volvo shaft seal
Replies: 5
Views: 2465

Re: Replacing the Volvo shaft seal

I couldn't budge with an Allen key either but I acquired an 8mm hex driver for my socket set and they moved without to much effort - plenty releasing oil involved also .....
by Alastair Miller
Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Replacing the Volvo shaft seal
Replies: 5
Views: 2465

Re: Replacing the Volvo shaft seal

Thanks Philip - that's exactly the info I was looking for

regards
Alastair
by Alastair Miller
Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Replacing the Volvo shaft seal
Replies: 5
Views: 2465

Replacing the Volvo shaft seal

Hi, its time I replaced the Volvo shaft seal on my VP2002. I've sourced the part with clear instructions for fitting the seal but having never done it before I'm looking for advice on disconnecting the prop shaft from the gearbox - any useful tips before I dive in (boat still out of the water) thank...
by Alastair Miller
Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Merlin chainplate attachment
Replies: 3
Views: 1291

Re: Merlin chainplate attachment

Thanks for the replies. The reason we removed the bolts was to investigate some cracking in the gelcoat around the chainplates. I'm not sure where I would find reinforcing plywood? The chainplates on my 89 Merlin are flush on the deck whereas a fellow club members' earlier Merlin has chainplates on ...
by Alastair Miller
Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Merlin chainplate attachment
Replies: 3
Views: 1291

Merlin chainplate attachment

I've recently undone the 4 bolts securing the chainplates to the side decks of my Merlin and I was surprised to find that it took very little load on the nuts to undo. Given the fact they they are nyloc nuts I suspect they weren't that much more than hand tight. I'm looking for advice on how much to...
by Alastair Miller
Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: removing mast on merlin to re seat chain plate.
Replies: 3
Views: 1445

Re: removing mast on merlin to re seat chain plate.

On my Merlin the mast base simply sits on the casting and there are no bolts of any sort involved. The rigging tension is more than enough to hold the mast in place. As mentioned by Aquaplane the 4 bolts you see are only securing the extrusion to the deck. At my boat club, masts are taken down every...
by Alastair Miller
Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: Picking up remote wifi signal
Replies: 8
Views: 2759

Re: Picking up remote wifi signal

I don't know anything about the devices you mention but in general a router does a different job than what you are looking for. You definitely don't want or need Wireshark. This is a real tekkies tool for capturing and decoding packets of data to analyse problems.
by Alastair Miller
Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Merlin main hatch security
Replies: 4
Views: 2256

Merlin main hatch security

I have a problem with my Merlin's main hatch which would not slide shut. An inspection shows a simple mechanism in 2 parts: a small rubber block at each side presumably acting as a stop; and just inside of that a small piece of metal with a piece of wood attached which appears to be there to ensure ...
by Alastair Miller
Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: ST50 wind dismantling?
Replies: 3
Views: 2157

Re: ST50 wind dismantling?

2 or 3 seasons ago I got a full overhaul of the masthead unit done and they replaced the wind vane and cups. Unfortunately the vane is now badly distorted and I hoped to replace the original vane which is in better condition. Thought it would simply be a case of removing the grub screw and lifting o...