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by Vegable
Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Which deep cycle battery?
Replies: 12
Views: 4053

Re: Which deep cycle battery?

I've had a lot of problems with batteries and I've picked up the following points in trying to resolve my troubles. All the service batteries should be the same type and should have the same capacity otherwise one battery will feed the other battery(s). With wet cell batteries, you should need to to...
by Vegable
Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Help needed please - with a succession of frustrating problems
Replies: 29
Views: 7677

Re: Help needed please - with a succession of frustrating problems

I hope I'm not teaching you to suck eggs in saying the following, if I am, I apologise. Two huge bits of advice I can give is 1) Don't buy cheap tools of any sort, drills, screwdrivers spanners etc etc. They'll only let you down. Go to a tradesman's industrial supplies store for all your tools and s...
by Vegable
Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: '86 Corsair Ketch
Replies: 21
Views: 7016

Re: '86 Corsair Ketch

Hi Jeff, Just looking at the pictures, I think she has been modified and I wonder if she's been down in the deep south ie Antarctica. The spray hood looks a lot more robust than we are used to in our neck of the woods. The mizzen mast fitting (and mast) doesn't look the normal Proctor, Kemps, Seldon...
by Vegable
Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: '86 Corsair Ketch
Replies: 21
Views: 7016

Re: '86 Corsair Ketch

I'd like to add a note of caution. I fully agree with Roger about the price, but one does have to wonder why it is so low. Do you have the skill to survey the boat and appreciate what needs doing to it, and do you have the necessary skills to put what ever is wrong, right? Only you can answer these ...
by Vegable
Tue May 31, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Nomad Spreader Height?
Replies: 1
Views: 802

Re: Nomad Spreader Height?

In the event of no-one else replying, and assuming you don't want to know the height precisely, there's a picture of a Nomad on the Westerly Wiki which is a pure side on view. You should be able to scale off the height from that picture. Refer that to the length of your boat and that'll give you the...
by Vegable
Wed May 25, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Looks like a rewire is needed...
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

Re: Looks like a rewire is needed...

Hi Steve, A valid point about i sq r losses The only other suggestion I can give is to disconnect each big wire in turn and flash test across the teminal. Not very scientific or safe but the faulty item should give you a juicy spark. I had another thought last night and I don't know how valid it is,...
by Vegable
Tue May 24, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Instruments & electrics
Topic: Looks like a rewire is needed...
Replies: 11
Views: 3186

Re: Looks like a rewire is needed...

Can I suggest the 12v Electrical Bible (or something very similar). I have a copy and find it very useful at times. Also suggest Nigel Calders expensive but essential book, The Boat Owners Mechanical and Electrical Handbook. The current drain over 3 hours is very concerning as that's a lot of power ...
by Vegable
Sun May 22, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: proctor main roller reefing
Replies: 2
Views: 1156

Re: proctor main roller reefing

Hi Chris, The short answer is no, it should be easy. Obvious questions to ask and which you'll have probably checked yourself already are, is the kicking strap U (for the want of a better word) free to let the boom rotate, and is the mainsheet and topping lift swivel at the end of the boom also free...
by Vegable
Tue May 17, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Boat insurance recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 2554

Re: Boat insurance recommendations?

To a certain extent it depends on where you are sailing and where you park your boat. I go distance sailing and park on swinging moorings both in Arisaig and here in Abersoch. I use Pantaneus who at no extra cost give me cover north of 61 degrees north for a week or two. I've been with them since 19...
by Vegable
Wed May 11, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: How to rig the main sheet
Replies: 2
Views: 1329

Re: How to rig the main sheet

Based on sailing a Renown ketch how about this - The two matching jamming cleats one port and one starboard are for the mizzen sheet and the main sheet. Starboard one for the mizzen, Port one for the main. You should have 3 pulleys for each sheet and preferably double pulleys at least. One fastened ...
by Vegable
Thu May 05, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: 12v pump for cleaning the decks
Replies: 6
Views: 1941

Re: 12v pump for cleaning the decks

Hi Nigel,
Just an idle thought, but is there a possibility of adapting your bilge pump? They have the lifting power to raise water from the bilge to the deck so should work the other way round.
Mike
by Vegable
Thu May 05, 2016 8:42 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Help Discus Rudder Bush
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Re: Help Discus Rudder Bush

Delighted for you. I find there's nothing more satisfying than solving a mechanical problem........especially on a boat! I forgot to say earlier, welcome to the forum. If you need it, there's a lot of experience on here and someone will have an answer for you should you need it. Fair winds and safe ...
by Vegable
Tue May 03, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Help Discus Rudder Bush
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Re: Help Discus Rudder Bush

No this was done on a Renown 31'. Same designer and same age. I'm not too clear where your lip sits and why it's causing you problems. Is it possible to photograph it? Then, from what I remember, a collar sits on the bush, then a key way, then the quadrant fits over that. But, this was well over 10 ...
by Vegable
Tue May 03, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Help Discus Rudder Bush
Replies: 5
Views: 1710

Re: Help Discus Rudder Bush

It's a long time since I did this and I can't remember a stainless steel flange being a problem. Try gently tapping the underside of it with a hammer. However to remove the bush, you have to very carefully take a hacksaw blade and saw through the length of the bush down the tube, but without sawing ...
by Vegable
Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: The eternal leak
Replies: 7
Views: 2649

Re: The eternal leak

Have you tried sprinkling flour around your bilge? It should then indicate the route the water is taking and by selective sprinkling you should then be able to track the leak to it's source.
Mike