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by aquaplane
Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: Gross tonnage
Replies: 8
Views: 2517

Re: Gross tonnage

The displacement is the useful information for a boat owner.

The tonnage is the number of tons (a size of barrel ) which will fit in a cargo vessel, not really useful for us.

Or something like that, it doesn't really matter.
by aquaplane
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: Griffon Centre of Gravity - Fore/Aft
Replies: 5
Views: 1941

Re: Griffon Centre of Gravity - Fore/Aft

I would suggest that you need to suck it and see. Plonk the boat on the trailer and see if you can lift the tow hitch. If you can't it's too heavy. If it's too easy or the rig tips backwards you got it wrong the other way. For a short tow at low speed you may get away with it, just don't do 50 MPH a...
by aquaplane
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: UV strip replacement - suggestions for sail services in Hampshire UK
Replies: 2
Views: 1291

Re: UV strip replacement - suggestions for sail services in Hampshire UK

Also, when the third UV strip is done it's time for a new sail.
by aquaplane
Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Centaur kicker (conversion)
Replies: 3
Views: 1438

Re: Centaur kicker (conversion)

I think you will find a groove along the bottom of your Proctor boom, mine had one. You should be able to get a fitting to go in the groove something like the Selden ones on page 73 in this pdf: http://www.seldenmast.com/files/1456482598/595-808v7-E.pdf Selden took over from Proctor. I had a replace...
by aquaplane
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:23 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Re-engine a Centaur Advice needed please
Replies: 29
Views: 8113

Re: Re-engine a Centaur Advice needed please

So you have an engine that starts and runs OK? Why do you think it has low compression? My MD11C wouldn't start easily without the cold start, but once it was warm it didn't need it, does yours? If you intend to keep the boat for ages and want the benefit of a new engine, all the other info here is ...
by aquaplane
Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: ELECTRIC WINCH ON A CORSAIR
Replies: 9
Views: 2824

Re: ELECTRIC WINCH ON A CORSAIR

Do you mean a winch or a windlass?

I was sailing with a bloke the other day and he had a rechargable electric winch which I thought a bit pointless as he used the gizmo to do most of the work then did the tweaking with a winch handle.

It might have been one of these : http://www.winchrite.co.uk/
by aquaplane
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: What to look for - Centaur
Replies: 16
Views: 5030

Re: What to look for - Centaur

That was 5 aboard, myself and my partner and 3 visitors. In fair weather it's OK. Wet weather is a problem no matter how many aboard but worse with more :D
by aquaplane
Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: What to look for - Centaur
Replies: 16
Views: 5030

Re: What to look for - Centaur

Mine was a B layout too and it worked OK, but the Stbd quarter berth was mainly used for storage so we used it like a C layout and I often wondered if we would have been better with a C layout.

Except when my daughter and her partner came with the grandson, then we needed the B layout.
by aquaplane
Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: "The long or short"
Replies: 23
Views: 6146

Re: "The long or short"

I think a saildrive is less efficient than a shaft drive (about a 10% loss) because of the extra gears, but this might be balanced by the horizontal thrust rather than having it angled slightly downwards. But I thought you were having an outboard anyway? I understood the "saildrive" prop ...
by aquaplane
Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Chiron of Mann is sold
Replies: 5
Views: 2071

Re: Chiron of Mann is sold

It may be heresy but there is nothing special about Westerly build quality. Over engineered because they didn't understand what they were working with may be a better description. Then they shot themselves in the foot trying to be a custom builder for production line prices. The french did a better ...
by aquaplane
Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Cooker
Replies: 4
Views: 2058

Re: Cooker

I heard that the Nelson Spinflow is a drop in for the Flavel cooker too. I'm looking to replace ours as the grill has disintegrated through rusting.
by aquaplane
Sat Aug 06, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Chiron of Mann is sold
Replies: 5
Views: 2071

Chiron of Mann is sold

I'm no longer a Westerly owner, I sold my Centaur a couple of weeks ago to a chap who is keeping it in Tarbert for now.

I will miss the shallow draught, ease of handling and lower bills of the Centaur but the Jeanneau is a different boat altogether.
by aquaplane
Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: CTEK battery charger
Replies: 3
Views: 1795

Re: CTEK battery charger

I had a Ctek M200 on 200 amp hours of batteries, IIRC that is 15 Amps, it was the one recommended for that size of battery (bank).
by aquaplane
Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Oil like cream!
Replies: 6
Views: 2163

Re: Oil like cream!

Will the engine turn? I'd be concerned about where the water has come from. Usually milky oil is a symptom of a faulty head gasket, there is detergent in oil to clean the engine, mainly remove/mobilise carbon, but water in oil makes a foam. This only happens when there is some mixing, water and oil ...
by aquaplane
Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Propellor maintenance / cleaning
Replies: 8
Views: 2365

Re: Propellor maintenance / cleaning

If all your seacocks move no need to do much with those. The Blakes ones on the bog may appreciate a little grease but you can do that with a dry hull and wet keels so it doesn't eat into your dry time. Google is your friend for instructions on how to look after them. Have an anode ready just in cas...