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by JohnBrand
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Navigators & General WOA scheme
Replies: 17
Views: 2008

Re: Navigators & General WOA scheme

I've been with N&G for 5 years and was just about to renew when I noticed a new endorsement: Endorsement No 43 Supervision Required The Vessel must be in a secure Marina when unattended for any period in excess of 24 hours This is a showstopper for me, and I guess for most cruising sailors who often...
by JohnBrand
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Electric bilge pump for Oceanranger
Replies: 10
Views: 2938

Re: Electric bilge pump for Oceanranger

Gents,

Just realised I never replied to your helpful advice, for which many thanks. Life got a bit complicated then, and I still haven't fitted the electric bilge pump - but I'm about to do so.

If I have any problems I'll let you know.

Best wishes.
by JohnBrand
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Oceanranger forestay and backstaydimensions
Replies: 3
Views: 1138

Re: Oceanranger forestay and backstaydimensions

Thanks for the advice, gents. I agree that the boat's history suggests that the original rigging sizes and setup were adequate, and I am going with them. The chainplates/baseplates were changed 10 years ago to angled U-bolts. I was amazed by the range of prices quoted for making up the wires. In the...
by JohnBrand
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Oceanranger forestay and backstaydimensions
Replies: 3
Views: 1138

Oceanranger forestay and backstaydimensions

My local rigger has surveyed the standing rigging on my Oceanranger Sula. There is a problem with the lowers, which are very slightly misaligned at the mast fittings. There is nothing specifically wrong with the rest of the standing rigging, but the rigger advises that as it's 10 years old it is the...
by JohnBrand
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Mystery rattle - Oceanranger
Replies: 10
Views: 2292

Re: Mystery rattle - Oceanranger

Hi Bram,

I see from your other post thread that it looks as if you've solved the problem - well done! You don't seem to have a rope cutter fitted, so that couldn't have been the culprit.

Best,

John
by JohnBrand
Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Mystery rattle - Oceanranger
Replies: 10
Views: 2292

Re: Mystery rattle - Oceanranger

Thanks for these helpful suggestions. AS Ocean Spirit suggested, the culprit turned out to be the 'Stripper' rope cutter - though the shaft anode had also disappeared. One of the two stainless steel brackets limiting the movement of the fixed cutter on the striker plate was bent sufficiently to allo...
by JohnBrand
Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Mystery rattle - Oceanranger
Replies: 10
Views: 2292

Re: Mystery rattle - Oceanranger

Many thanks gents. Wolfgang, I've tried listening in as many places as possible without any positive results. Mike, I also found that my shaft anode had disappeared last year - I thought I had managed to super-tighten it this year, but we'll see! I'll report the culprit when I manage to identify it....
by JohnBrand
Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Mystery rattle - Oceanranger
Replies: 10
Views: 2292

Mystery rattle - Oceanranger

My Volvo 2003 runs well and without any obvious/unusual vibration. However, for some time there has been an annoying rattle which is just audible in the cockpit but quite loud in the aft cabin. Recently it seems to have got worse. It sounds like a loose board or similar, but it is prop-speed related...
by JohnBrand
Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Cracked bow fitting weld
Replies: 2
Views: 809

Re: Cracked bow fitting weld

Thanks very much for this, Mike - it's encouraging to know that someone else has solved the problems! I was at the boat yesterday and had another look - as you say it looks doable with tools on a stick, and some contortionist's tricks. The socket fitting at the end of a bit of gas pipe is a brillian...
by JohnBrand
Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Cracked bow fitting weld
Replies: 2
Views: 809

Cracked bow fitting weld

Sula's bow fitting is a twin-roller setup with the forestay connected to the vertical steel plate between the rollers. Late last season I noticed a crack about 3cm long at the front of the weld holding the vertical plate to the horizontal base. The front of the vertical plate has pulled up by about ...
by JohnBrand
Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Volvo 2003 fresh water cooling - sludge in engine
Replies: 2
Views: 1057

Re: Volvo 2003 fresh water cooling - sludge in engine

Thank you! I had forgotten that such products exist...

John
by JohnBrand
Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Volvo 2003 fresh water cooling - sludge in engine
Replies: 2
Views: 1057

Volvo 2003 fresh water cooling - sludge in engine

I recently drained the fresh-water system because I wasn't happy with the percentage anti-freeze following an occasion when I had to top up with no anti-freeze available. Nothing emerged when I loosened the outer part of the drain plug - and still nothing when I removed the whole plug. The hole at t...
by JohnBrand
Sat May 16, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Aft heads seacock, Oceanranger
Replies: 3
Views: 1309

Aft heads seacock, Oceanranger

I had a holding tank fitted over the winter in Denmark. Having now returned - and launched the boat - I realise that the heads seacock is not working. Mea culpa for not servicing it before launch... It was stuck in the open position but after some persuasion appeared to close. However, it didn't and...
by JohnBrand
Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Electric bilge pump for Oceanranger
Replies: 10
Views: 2938

Electric bilge pump for Oceanranger

I would like to fit an electric bilge pump. The strum box for the manual one is just forward of where the companionway ladder sits. It looks to me as if the best place for the electric one would be in the deepest part of the bilge under the table. Any tips? Where's the best place for the through-hul...
by JohnBrand
Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Volvo 2003 exhaust elbow decoke
Replies: 5
Views: 2247

Re: Volvo 2003 exhaust elbow decoke

I solved this by asking the local Volvo Penta dealer in Denmark for advice. He gave me a plastic canister of what was (I think) concentrated sulphuric acid, with a stern injunction not to leave the elbow in it for more than 20 minutes! In fact I wimped out and diluted the brew with 50% water - remem...