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by TyroSailor
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Centaur engine instrument panel
Replies: 6
Views: 813

Re: Centaur engine instrument panel

This is a similar view of the back end of my old MD2b. You may just be able to see the corresponding bit, more or less dead centre. There's a brass lever attached whih used to be the other end of the handle in the saloon.
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by TyroSailor
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Buhk Exhaust Elbow
Replies: 10
Views: 1084

Re: Buhk Exhaust Elbow

Amazingly, when I took my engine to bits prior to getting it out, the exhaust elbow looked pristine. No idea why - it was painted the same as the rest of the engine, so was presumably 40 years old!
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by TyroSailor
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Priming/bleeding
Replies: 19
Views: 1739

Re: Priming/bleeding

You polish your fuel? That takes boat husbandry to a new level! :shock:
by TyroSailor
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Water collecting on cockpit seats
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Water collecting on cockpit seats

I generally do a bit of rocking and rolling when I get on board to drain the water into the cockpit. I'd be interested to know, when you do manage to get your rain to drain aft, whether it runs into the lazarette. Mine does! 20l of diesel weighs rather less than 20kg, since it's less dense than wate...
by TyroSailor
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Centaur engine instrument panel
Replies: 6
Views: 813

Re: Centaur engine instrument panel

Hmmm. Not much help, I'm afraid. No idea about the switches, or that spring-loaded brass knob at the back end of the engine. It's unlikely, I'd have thought, to be the cold start button, given its inaccessibility. Do you have a manual? It's available on line. It's worth cleaning all that lovely stuf...
by TyroSailor
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Water collecting on cockpit seats
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Water collecting on cockpit seats

The fuel tank is indeed under the after end of the cockpit in a Centaur, but the water tank is up for'd, under the fo'c'sle bunks.
by TyroSailor
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Water collecting on cockpit seats
Replies: 6
Views: 636

Re: Water collecting on cockpit seats

Hi Jonathan I have a very similar problem. I find that rainwater collects on the port cockpit seat, all the way along - it was growing a fine crop of some freshwater pondweed (probably Spirogyra or something similar) when I arrived back after the winter last week. It leaks (very slowly, fortunately)...
by TyroSailor
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 10
Views: 3861

Re: Solar panels

Bit of resurrection here. I went back to the boat a few days ago after leaving her to her own devices over the winter (although it was checked by friends a couple of times - I live 300M way!). There's a little 10W solar panel on the engine battery and a new 50W panel connected to the domestic. After...
by TyroSailor
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Mast heel screws
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Mast heel screws

...as discussed by Hillary on another thread (which I might be able to find in a minute...). Yep - here: https://www.westerly-owners.co.uk/woaforum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=3412&p=16523&hilit=mast+magnet#p16523 I tried to do the same thing two years ago for a similar reason and succeeded only in shearing...
by TyroSailor
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Centaur engine instrument panel
Replies: 6
Views: 813

Re: Centaur engine instrument panel

My old MD2b instrument 'panel' is exactly like that. In fact I have it in a bag somewhere if it's any use to you. (I wonder if the instruments are transferable to my new Vetus?). The engine stop handle is indeed the one in the lazarette; towards the starboard side. There may also be a cold-start han...
by TyroSailor
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Cruise in company / crew wanted
Topic: The Wild West
Replies: 20
Views: 2269

Re: The Wild West

Thank you, Derek. Those points noted. Lyme Regis (didn't he used to play football?) is certainly on my list, possibly just for a lunch stop, and if I attempt the Axe it will be in gentle conditions with a rising tide. And they do say, if you don't run aground sometimes, you're not trying hard enough...
by TyroSailor
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Sorting out my wiring
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

Re: Sorting out my wiring

Hmmm yes. I know where everything goes, but it's mostly a question of doing the early stages neatly and with proper over-current protection
by TyroSailor
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Sorting out my wiring
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

Re: Sorting out my wiring

So you did! I'd forgotten about that. That's very kind of you - that's another beer I owe you. Or three. Have a look on Wednesday if you like.

I'd still like to understand it though!
by TyroSailor
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Sorting out my wiring
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

Sorting out my wiring

The wiring on and around the batteries in my Centaur is a mess, as shown below. DSCN4264_opt.jpg It all works but there are no fuses at the batteries or main switches, no busbars (other than on the switch panels), a curious relay arrangement to ensure that the engine battery gets charged first and a...
by TyroSailor
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Cruise in company / crew wanted
Topic: The Wild West
Replies: 20
Views: 2269

Re: The Wild West

Right. That's a definite target then. I'll try and arrange to be there on a Sunday, and go and have a sing in the Globe. :)