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by mikebuggy
Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: Looking at Tempest 31
Replies: 14
Views: 4401

Re: Looking at Tempest 31

Basically anything is doable in anything!! Bottles and tin cans cross oceans....so do open rowing boats....and even swimmers! As a past regular long distance ocean sailor, my broad advice would be that It is NOT the ocean crossing itself that is the problem....it is living on the boat before, during...
by mikebuggy
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Changing shaft size
Replies: 14
Views: 2603

Re: Changing shaft size

for what its worth, I changed over from a volvo seal last year to the Radice/Sillette equivalent rubber lip seal. Looks identical but has a vent tube, which I extended with a bit of clear hose to about 2 ft above WL. Works perfectly. No noise. No burping!
by mikebuggy
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Moisture delamination risk in hull of westerly pentland
Replies: 10
Views: 1994

Re: Moisture delamination risk in hull of westerly pentland

I find this story very surprising and odd. Usually osmosis proceeds v....e...r...y s..l..o..w..l...y! ...And...the presence of moisture in a hull is NOT of itself a defect. The long term affects of increasing moisture content does of course eventually play a large part in later problems, but there a...
by mikebuggy
Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: mast support
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

Re: mast support

Mast support on earlier Westerlys is a strong wooden post, usually as part of the confluence/corner of the fwd saloon bulkhead and heads or locker bulhead. This is then landed on a strong point or transverse floor in the bilge. Later Westerlys use a mild steel post, usually taken right through the t...
by mikebuggy
Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Air draft of a Merlin
Replies: 4
Views: 1280

Re: Air draft of a Merlin

Not sure how I worked it out, but I did bring my tall-mast Storm up there, and years earlier, my old Rival 32. There's quite a few bigger boats alongside there now. A friend of mine sails his 38ft Cat from there. I note that the current Portsmouth Harbour Handbook gives the height as 12m above HWS. ...
by mikebuggy
Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Corsair standing rigging
Replies: 3
Views: 1122

Re: Corsair standing rigging

Where are you based? Most competent riggers should be able to give you a no obligations quote. If you're in the Solent area, XW rigging are the Westerly specialists and have all the measurements and bits to hand. It is possible with this rig to do the replacement in 2 bites. All 4 main long wires in...
by mikebuggy
Sun Oct 09, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Mystery rattle - Oceanranger
Replies: 10
Views: 2402

Re: Mystery rattle - Oceanranger

This sounds like shaft anode...I've had it a few times. Be aware that it can travel up the shaft and abrade the hull at the shaft entry point. Tip 1: You should ALWAYS place a jubilee clip on the shaft tightly up against both ends of each shaft anode (Ive got 2 anodes). Tip 2: You should ALWAYS tota...
by mikebuggy
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:01 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Oceanranger fresh water tanks
Replies: 2
Views: 908

Re: Oceanranger fresh water tanks

I think your'e right....there are none on mine! I just 'superchlorinate' my tanks at the start of each year. This means heavily over-dosing the first fill with purifier or chlorine pills, then leaving it to soak overnight. Then flush through the system continuously with fresh water, until the chlori...
by mikebuggy
Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:02 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Deck U - Bolt shroud fitting & water leak
Replies: 4
Views: 1328

Re: Deck U - Bolt shroud fitting & water leak

Of course I forgot...I think the Oceanlord had the double spreader rig. The principal is still the same in that the aft lowers are nor very far aft really...to allow you to free off your boom for running. The resulting steep angle of the aft lowers places a high and varying stress on these deck fitt...
by mikebuggy
Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: seahawk 34 new or reconditioned engine
Replies: 1
Views: 921

Re: seahawk 34 new or reconditioned engine

Firstly, when looked after well, these are generally reasonable engines, but, as you say, the waterworks do need careful husbandry. I know quite a few nearly 30 year old ones still in use......dont forget we throw our cars away at less than half that age! You can get good reconditioned ones (check o...
by mikebuggy
Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Deck U - Bolt shroud fitting & water leak
Replies: 4
Views: 1328

Re: Deck U - Bolt shroud fitting & water leak

Hi. I am a surveyor and have done this job a number of times. This defect applies to all deck stepped 2 spreader rigs with aft lowers (ie not just westerly) and should not be treated lightly. The angle of the aft lowers means that their chainplates are subject to a very high and variable load which ...
by mikebuggy
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: ELECTRIC WINCH ON A CORSAIR
Replies: 9
Views: 2220

Re: ELECTRIC WINCH ON A CORSAIR

Yes as stated above I've got an electric windlass fitted on the port side deck well fwd. The chain locker for this is under the head of the port fwd bunk. I still have the old chain locker and manual windlass fwd, so effectively I now have port and stbd anchors, although only my main 45lbs CQR is pe...
by mikebuggy
Sat May 14, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Damaged Konsort prop shaft
Replies: 3
Views: 970

Re: Damaged Konsort prop shaft

In practice, there's no such thing as 'a Konsort prop-shaft' .....or any other boat type prop-shaft. A prop-shaft is just an off the shelf item of the desired diameter, and trimmed to the length you want. When owners change their engines they often have to change the prop-shaft too because the lengt...
by mikebuggy
Tue May 03, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Replacement for a Plastimo Contest 135 compass
Replies: 7
Views: 2182

Re: Replacement for a Plastimo Contest 135 compass

Not yet been to sea since fitted as only now loading up after layup. I usually swing the compass every few years, and certainly after a major change.....however I'm less inclined to do it so often these days what with all this electronic charting stuff everywhere! I think what I may do is use the bo...
by mikebuggy
Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:14 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Replacement for a Plastimo Contest 135 compass
Replies: 7
Views: 2182

Re: Replacement for a Plastimo Contest 135 compass

Funny old thing. I had the same on my Oceanranger compass. I replaced it with a new one yesterday. I shopped around and eventually found one in a chandlers last year and bought it. Straightforward swop. The new ones have an LED light. Took the oportunity to lubricate the wheel bearings and chain as ...