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by TyroSailor
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Roller furling won't rotate
Replies: 12
Views: 1215

Re: Roller furling won't rotate

You can certainly replace the forestay temporarily with a halyard, cranked up tightly. It won't do when you're sailing (except if you have a breakage at sea!) but will certainly support the mast while the boat's stationary. I'm told that you can even go up the mast thus supported, but haven't tried ...
by TyroSailor
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Replacement bow roller sleeves
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Replacement bow roller sleeves

One of the cheeks on my bow roller is slightly bent and stops the roller rolling properly. Is it possible to straighten it out? I've tried clobbering it with a soft-faced hammer but am reluctant to apply much force in case I crack it!
by TyroSailor
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Centaur Blakes Sea Cock removal problems
Replies: 9
Views: 884

Re: Centaur Blakes Sea Cock removal problems

I agree about the blowtorch. You'd be less than popular in the yard if you were to set fire to everybody's boat. Might be a bit warmer though.
by TyroSailor
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Behind the mast mainsail furling
Replies: 6
Views: 801

Re: Behind the mast mainsail furling

Good to hear that, Hillary, but it remains to be proved! I shall have to clean my bottom.
by TyroSailor
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Behind the mast mainsail furling
Replies: 6
Views: 801

Re: Behind the mast mainsail furling

I am not a fan, in principle, of this system although I have no experience of using it, so you may wish to ignore the following... For: Convenience Ease of use (when it works) Against: What happens when it jams open just as you start to reef in a rising gale? When you have reefed, the centre of mass...
by TyroSailor
Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Wind generator on a Berwick
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: Wind generator on a Berwick

You're welcome. As you say, we're very nice people ;) It ought to be possible to design/buy/bodge a fitted cover to go over the turbine to keep the wind off it in the heaviest weather. But then you won't always be on board.... Glad it's fitted and working anyway. You need the Eberspacher at this tim...
by TyroSailor
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: purpose of "hole" in the hull Westerly Berwick
Replies: 3
Views: 804

Re: purpose of "hole" in the hull Westerly Berwick

I'd guess that it's a mount for either the log or echosounder. If neither of them are there, I'd fill the hole.
by TyroSailor
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: Solent tides - to and from Poole
Replies: 2
Views: 689

Re: Solent tides - to and from Poole

Definitely through the Needles Channel, or (better for Poole in a Centaur) North Channel. This means turning right once past Hurst Castle and leaving Shingles Bank to port (this does take you alarmingly close to the shingle beach off Hurst and Milford-on-Sea but it's quite safe, as the chart will sh...
by TyroSailor
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Centaur fuel tank tap blocked or restricted?
Replies: 5
Views: 908

Re: Centaur fuel tank tap blocked or restricted?

This looks exactly like mine (1975 vintage) which is definitely gravity fed only. Looks like it's blocked then.
by TyroSailor
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: Regatta 290 bad manners
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

Re: Regatta 290 bad manners

:)
by TyroSailor
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: Regatta 290 bad manners
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

Re: Regatta 290 bad manners

Propwalk when going astern can be very useful, Hillary. I was once on board a 72' wooden ketch http://saltyjobs.co/saltyships/faramir-1982/ in which the skipper used just propwalk to turn her through 180 degrees into a tight berth. Very impressive.
by TyroSailor
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Cruise in company / crew wanted
Topic: The Wild West
Replies: 20
Views: 2786

The Wild West

Greetings to all out there in Westerly-land. I am proposing to take my Centaur, Tyro , westwards from the Solent this summer, with the objective of getting as far as St Michael's Mount in west Cornwall. I'm planning to leave the Solent (probably from Ryde) on or around 18th June and intend to visit ...
by TyroSailor
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Wind generator on a Berwick
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: Wind generator on a Berwick

The cables will be carrying a lot of current, and over a reasonable distance to the battery/regulator can lose a lot of power due to the resistance of the wires. This is dissipated as heat, which, in extreme cases, could set fire to the insulation - which could spoil your whole day. Not to mention y...
by TyroSailor
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: Database of Mast Heights?
Replies: 9
Views: 1330

Re: Database of Mast Heights?

I measured my mast and calculated the air draught last spring Allowing for the VHF aerial I reckon the air draught of a Centaur is 12m.

Does anyone fit a lightning conductor?
by TyroSailor
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Wind generator on a Berwick
Replies: 12
Views: 1493

Re: Wind generator on a Berwick

The chap advising you to keep clear of a potential hi-line rescue may have a point! The winchman always comes in over the port quarter so the pilot (on the starboard side of the aircraft) can see him. He won't appreciate being assailed by turbine blades, It's not unknown for the helo crew to insist ...