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by UserError
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Water collecting on cockpit seats
Replies: 6
Views: 655

Water collecting on cockpit seats

Having got certain key things out of the way hopefully, it's time to look at other problems: I think somehow the trim isn't right on our Centaur, as water will not drain from the for'd ends of the seats. This pools up to about half way along and anything that falls off the slats gets wet. Apart from...
by UserError
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Using engine for first time in ages.
Replies: 11
Views: 1534

Re: Using engine for first time in ages.

"Best of luck and hope the weather gods are in your favour."
Not this week(end) at least.
by UserError
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Centaur engine instrument panel
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Re: Centaur engine instrument panel

I couldn't get a photo, but it's somewhat like this other than the warning lights are under (or over) the round pull-out switches.
by UserError
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Centaur engine instrument panel
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Centaur engine instrument panel

When I finally came to try & start the engine, I was not sure what the knobs on the panel did. There is no sign of a make on it, front or back. Particularly there are two switches. I'm guessing one does panel lights but the other? The manual just says "additional equipment". I haven't come across a ...
by UserError
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Priming/bleeding
Replies: 19
Views: 1768

Re: Priming/bleeding

Dj7163 :oops: I wasn't pressing firmly enough on the lift pump - it really is quite a pressure needed. On the upside, I am now familiar with the fuel system. Never a bad thing! I now have fuel delivery and an MD2B as I found the engine no. plate.... Thanks Hillary, I cracked open the injector & defi...
by UserError
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Using engine for first time in ages.
Replies: 11
Views: 1534

Re: Using engine for first time in ages.

Thanks for the reassurance chaps, if half an hour or so as a one-off won't do much harm. The moorings are reasonably close so sharing the load might be feasible if there's enough rope on board - we haven't found everything yet. When we get to leave, we'll be on the ebb going out & flood coming into ...
by UserError
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Priming/bleeding
Replies: 19
Views: 1768

Re: Priming/bleeding

Yes!
I can't see any reason why the pipe runs the way it does. I'm very comfortable with copper pipe working, so it's jumped to near the top of the list!
I might also put a priming pump in there. Anyone done this? Bulbs seem popular but apparently not approved? Inline or bypass?
by UserError
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Using engine for first time in ages.
Replies: 11
Views: 1534

Re: Using engine for first time in ages.

When I get it started, I want to run it for some while before daring to leave the mooring, but recall reading that idling not being good for diesels? If that's correct, how much load will be needed? Would I be able to run that sort of load on the mooring? (I trust that the Harbour Conservancy mainta...
by UserError
Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Priming/bleeding
Replies: 19
Views: 1768

Re: Priming/bleeding

Fulmar & Nigel, I tried that without success. Two reasons: one is that the fuel level is marginal at best - there is little or no head over the primary but the main problem is that for some reason the fuel pipe route takes it higher than the filter head. If I filled the tank it might overcome this h...
by UserError
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Roller furling won't rotate
Replies: 12
Views: 1096

Re: Roller furling won't rotate

Fair enough re age, it's a bit academic as most of the halyards are knackered as far as I have looked. We've replaced the mainsheet & main halyard. The spinnaker halyard parted as I was trying to untangle it and the Genoa has a wire anyway and its sheets are in the sailbag. That just leaves the spin...
by UserError
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Priming/bleeding
Replies: 19
Views: 1768

Re: Priming/bleeding

Thanks kind sirs. TyroSailor - thanks, I have such a pump. My (albeit limited) research suggests that a generic diaphragm lift pump has the inlet & outlet sharing a common cavity (rather than a displacement pump which might not) so suction on the outlet should pull the fuel through OK. DJ7163, I'm p...
by UserError
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Roller furling won't rotate
Replies: 12
Views: 1096

Re: Roller furling won't rotate

Tyrosailor, it will be washed/inspected. All the running rigging is only a 8 years old and has seen hardly any use as the previous owner was kitting her out & fell ill. Providing there is no chafe n the line running aft I don't see why it should not be OK. Everything on the boat is green with algae ...
by UserError
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Roller furling won't rotate
Replies: 12
Views: 1096

Re: Roller furling won't rotate

Roger, thanks for that info - we've got more time now as we can't make this weekend's slot, so I may get chance to look at it properly, especially if we stay on the boat over a tide cycle, which we've been considering - its a half tide mooring so we'd be stuck for quite a while. If I do get in there...
by UserError
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Engines & transmission
Topic: Priming/bleeding
Replies: 19
Views: 1768

Priming/bleeding

Nearly there, I hope, although we can't make our first slot of Saturday to move her now: I changed the primary filter today (appalling location, dreadful job), having previously done the secondary and then put 20l of diesel in with a shock dose of Fuel Set. However, possibly along the lines of this ...
by UserError
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Roller furling won't rotate
Replies: 12
Views: 1096

Re: Roller furling won't rotate

Thanks Jolly Roger & Big Andy.
Not a job whilst on the swinging mooring then!

On reading around, it seems that I will be able to use a halyard as a temporary forestay and release the furler when she's berthed in the marina.
Regards
Jonathan