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by UserError
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: 1974 Centaur shaft diameter?
Replies: 1
Views: 596

1974 Centaur shaft diameter?

Does anyone know when they changed from 1" to 25mm. Ours is believed 1974, no CR1222
Many thanks
Jonathan
by UserError
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Centaur keel strengthening article
Replies: 0
Views: 349

Centaur keel strengthening article

Hi,
There is reference to an article by Ed Sawyer on how to reinforce the keel/hull area, but I can't find it - can anyone point me to it?
Many thanks
by UserError
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: New Beta difficulty starting SOLVED!
Replies: 2
Views: 471

Re: New Beta difficulty starting SOLVED!

Hi Hillary,
Glad you got that sorted. I don't want to read bad things about Beta engines....

Was that the original fuel tank, with the rubber widget in the tap?

Thanks.
by UserError
Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: wind instruments
Replies: 3
Views: 574

Re: wind instruments

If it's a matter of the internal CMOS memory battery dying, these are usually replaceable, if you can solder and don't mind taking the thing apart. Cost under a fiver, probably £3 posted.
by UserError
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Fitting a rope cutter to a Centaur - recommendations please
Replies: 6
Views: 2049

Re: Fitting a rope cutter to a Centaur - recommendations please

Hi Hillary, How did you get on with your rudder bushes? I'd be interested to hear as Mine are fighting me every step of the way. I eventually reduced the OD to get them to fit, to find that the flanges are of a combined thickness that prevents me from getting the retaining bolt through the collar. M...
by UserError
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Centaur rudder removal
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: Centaur rudder removal

The new bushes from Trafalgar were nearly 2mm od oversize. Caroline (of Trafalgar) stated that they were machined to the original Westerly spec and that they shouldn't take much hitting to insert That may be the case, but I have no reason to doubt my rudder tube isn't original and lots of people rep...
by UserError
Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: Mad or what....
Replies: 15
Views: 1678

Re: Mad or what....

I agree that it doesn't sound overly promising. I would be worried about that wet as much as the engine: you can go sailing with an old engine (and deal with that in due course, especially as you play with motorbikes) but if the boat is wet, it is miserable. Plus the rotting woodwork/damage to the w...
by UserError
Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Centaur rudder removal
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: Centaur rudder removal

I put a ratchet straps round the rudder & tied it to the boat. Hitting it is only a solution if it moves. It will mushroom any part and what I didn't want to happen was the main shaft to increase in diameter at the top. With mucho time in the water, eventually got it out. Various members of my famil...
by UserError
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Centaur/Pembroke rudder
Replies: 8
Views: 1121

Re: Centaur/Pembroke rudder

Re fuel tank. A long time centaur owner at the club replaced his tank recently. He said there were two fastenings at the front and two locating lugs at the back (no screws). So the rear of the tank slides in and is held by the lugs. And the short fuel filler hose.
by UserError
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Centaur rudder removal
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: Centaur rudder removal

That's probably good advice. Using a club hammer shifted it just enough to not be able to get the pin back in. I did go gently with the sledgehammer, not overhead swings... We've now got it so that the machined square section is about to go into the bearing. Hitting took us so far, but the tube I wa...
by UserError
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Sorting out my wiring
Replies: 8
Views: 1164

Re: Sorting out my wiring

Ours is not as bad as that and as yours does, it pretty much works..for now, but needs redoing. I've got Nigel Calder's monumental book but find it heavy going extracting the info that applies to our primitive needs. Any other reference material that you could recommend? I was wondering whether I co...
by UserError
Thu May 31, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Centaur rudder removal
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: Centaur rudder removal

I have just been advised by a number of Westerly owners elsewhere, that the black ring is the top flange of the bushing and that the rudder is now released to drop.
And that seriously heavy hammering is required. Club hammer inadequate, sledge hammer needed.
by UserError
Wed May 30, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Slatted cockpit seats
Replies: 4
Views: 619

Slatted cockpit seats

The seat slats on our Centaur only have a few bolts holding them on, with even fewer having domed nuts, the bolts being fed through from below. There is a Centaur further down the pontoon which has pan-headed bolts fed from above. We shall be taking these off to treat the wood & put sealant round th...
by UserError
Mon May 28, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: MD2B gearbox seized: overheated?
Replies: 20
Views: 2176

Re: MD2B gearbox seized: overheated?

Great result, just shows how robust these units are. A drop of oil on the actuator mechanism every now and then would prevent this, by the look of it once every 30 years will just about do it. :lol: Thanks. Yes. There is an.oil seal at the top,not sure that anything should/would get past it. Anyway...
by UserError
Mon May 28, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Matching missing cabin locker front
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: Matching missing cabin locker front

I like that, very smart; but a bit concerned that it might make the interior a bit dark as ours isn't as airy & spacious as yours. We';re plannig on painting the horrid formica main bulkhead white, so that will help though.