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by mikebuggy
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Visitor pontoons at Berwick upon Tweed
Replies: 5
Views: 835

Re: Visitor pontoons at Berwick upon Tweed

Hi, Well done. I sailed past B on T last year on my largely solo UK & I circumnavigation. Decided not to go in at the last minute as none of the pilot books or charts were very encouraging about it. Later in the year I got the chance to take a van from Scotland back to the solent so made my first st...
by mikebuggy
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: diesel tank fuel return and alternator wiring problems
Replies: 13
Views: 3855

Re: diesel tank fuel return and alternator wiring problems

Just as an addition: Do NOT fed the return fuel into the filter system, or anywhere near it. The return amount is large and free flowing and needs to go straight back to the tank. The return must not be blocked by feeding it through the input filter system or back through the demand/feed pipe.
by mikebuggy
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: diesel tank fuel return and alternator wiring problems
Replies: 13
Views: 3855

Re: diesel tank fuel return and alternator wiring problems

If you cant find another way into the tank, use the fuel filler connection. it may take a bit of ingenuity, but you need to get the unused fuel to feed back into the tank and anywhere around the top including the filler tubing area is ok. As for the alternator...did the engine not come with a harnes...
by mikebuggy
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Centuar keels.
Replies: 14
Views: 3569

Re: Centuar keels.

As previously stated, if your keel support area has been reinforced internally you will see a number of webs glassed across each of the keel roots internally. Search on this website in the searchbox (eg Centaur keel reinforcement) and you will find articles by various people on this, including Roger...
by mikebuggy
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Steering Cables
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Re: Steering Cables

Yes, they are Lewmar steering cable conduit. Available from Aquafax. Very good but very expensive. Currently thre are very few alternatives in UK. Make sure you measure accurately and order a length to cover both cables. The conduit is multilayered and the outer sheath is armoured. Best cut with an ...
by mikebuggy
Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Oceanranger forestay and backstaydimensions
Replies: 3
Views: 1198

Re: Oceanranger forestay and backstaydimensions

Agree previous posting. I have an Oceanranger and have done several Atlantics, Azores etc and many other bluewater trips in her. I've also rebuilt the rig twice. I have stuck with the original rigging size, although my rig has a few other bits too...like spectra/dyneema running backstays from under ...
by mikebuggy
Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Shaft seal for centaur
Replies: 4
Views: 1604

Re: Shaft seal for centaur

Agree the foregoing. Both the Volvo and Sillette models are very similar, but the latter has a breather nipple to allow you to fit an air tube to just above WL level, allowing the seal to auto-burp. I've used both types for many years and both are pretty good. You will need to know shaft diameter an...
by mikebuggy
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Diesel Fuel filter
Replies: 6
Views: 1864

Re: Diesel Fuel filter

Alas photo not too clear....a bit too dark to see under the filter. What you are seeing is a pretty standard combined water separator and first/coarse filter. There is a small tap under the alloy bowl at the bottom of the filter. Every couple of months crack this open very slightly and let a little ...
by mikebuggy
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Steering cables for Conway
Replies: 5
Views: 1387

Re: Steering cables for Conway

Surprised that you feel the Lewmar conduit won't work. I updated from the Red conduit to the Lewmar Blue with not too many problems, and so did my neighbour. I used the same route and holes and reused the old concuit end fittings. Is your system Edson or Whitlock?
by mikebuggy
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: New Vetus M2.18 in my Centaur - ancillaries
Replies: 15
Views: 3204

Re: New Vetus M2.18 in my Centaur - ancillaries

Hi. The output from the fuel feedback on modern engines is surprisingly large..bucketfulls.....not just drips, as on older engines. The combined separator/filter is designed as a 'suck through' unit with a quiet water settlement area below. Feeding it with pumped return fuel will cause a disturbance...
by mikebuggy
Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Westerly Surveys
Replies: 1
Views: 968

Re: Westerly Surveys

If it's of any help to you, I'm a Westerly Owner and still working as a practising surveyor in the Solent area. I've done most Westerly types over the years.
by mikebuggy
Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Diesel Fuel filter
Replies: 6
Views: 1864

Re: Diesel Fuel filter

Which diesel fuel filter are you talking about? Is it the combined coarse filter/separator unit between tank and engine, or is it the screw-on fine filter on the engine? Is the 'cable' just a single wire, or are there 2 cores. Any colours? Can you not trace where exactly the wire goes? Is there any ...
by mikebuggy
Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Keel wired to anode?
Replies: 1
Views: 759

Re: Keel wired to anode?

1. Keel bolts are often used as an RF earth (radio earth). Totally separate and different purpose to the vessels DC earth. Used particularly if a HF set has been fitted. Do not connect to DC earth. 2. Keel bolts are also often used with a thick cable to the mast base as part of lightning protection....
by mikebuggy
Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Griffon Shaft Seal
Replies: 3
Views: 1356

Re: Griffon Shaft Seal

I changed from a Volvo seal to a Radice last year. Now done 400 hrs on it with no problems. ive added a clear plastic tube to the vent and taken it a couple of feet above the waterline. No probs. Nice and quiet, and stays cool. If you have the room to do this....an old trick is to tightly clamp your...
by mikebuggy
Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Looking at Tempest 31
Replies: 14
Views: 4401

Re: Looking at Tempest 31

May I, with resepect, clarify some points (just my opinions of course!)? Ill also apologise as this is somewhat 'off subject'! Relatively few modern boats now have foam-cored hulls. There was indeed a trend in this direction, so there are quite a few about, but for production cruising boats in recen...