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  • in reply to: Prop Size #15121
    bobclements
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      Bavaria prop size list shows that the correct 2-blade folder for your boat is a 16 x 13.  3-blade prop is 16 x 11.  So 2-blade should be the same size but deeper pitch.

      2-blade is more efficient, but you get a bit more “grunt” from a 3-blade.

      Personally, I would send it back and get a 3-blade Featherstream from Darglow.

      • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by bobclements.
      • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by bobclements.
      in reply to: B32 2003 Main Halyard #14952
      bobclements
      Keymaster

        I measurement is 12.34m, so double it and add a bit (for the tail back to the clutches).  So I reckon 30m should give you plenty.

        in reply to: Boat insurance #14799
        bobclements
        Keymaster

          I too use GJW and find them easy to deal with and the prices good.

          in reply to: Sea Cock Replacement 2007 BAV 42 #14612
          bobclements
          Keymaster

            Ian, you’re on borrowed time mate.

            Changed mine last year and a couple or them snapped clean off as I tried to get the hoses off.  Get them changed ASAP.

            I replaced mine with Trudesign composite ones.  Very impressed with the engineering quality of them.  Would recommend.  Fit and forget (just open and close them every so often).

            in reply to: Bavaria Ocean 42 #14517
            bobclements
            Keymaster

              Crid says to drop her an email with your mobile at:   oceansong44@aol.com

              She’ll be happy to have a chat with you, and she might even be considering selling.

              in reply to: Bavaria Ocean 42 #14515
              bobclements
              Keymaster

                Crid & David have one.  I’m sure they’ll be along shortly to help you.

                in reply to: Replacing the racks in an oven #14510
                bobclements
                Keymaster

                  I suspect it’s an ENO cooker.  Have a look at their website.

                  in reply to: Folding/feathering prop on a 2001 B34 #14506
                  bobclements
                  Keymaster

                    Folders are best for boat speed under sail, especially if you race.  They are not the best in reverse though.  You also have to give most folders a good kick of throttle to get the to open and grip.

                    Feathering props give more instant response in both forward and reverse, and give you loads of stopping power and reverse grunt, as the blades revolve to always face the right way.  Feathering props have more “mecahnical bits” than folders, and need greasing every year.

                    The Autoprop is a Marmite one.  Some people love them, others hate them.  The biggest critisism I’ve heard about them is that in a sea or a chop, they are next to useless and they keep changing pitch and you can’t get any drive out of them.

                    I personally went for a Featherstream from Darglow when I changed from a fixed prop 2 years ago.  Sailing speed was noticable better.  Motoring speed forwards was the same as with the fixed prop. Stopping power was much better, as was reverse drive.  Propwalk almost went too (I have found that if you put it in reverse and let it tickover, the boat still walks a bit before going backwards, whereas if you give it a blast of reverse, it just goes straight backwards without any walk).

                    If you want a good all-round solution for a cruising boat, I suggest the Featherstream.

                    in reply to: Forum issues #14499
                    bobclements
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                      Hi Tomo

                      Webmaster tells me that your membership was authorised on 24th March, and you should have received 2 emails.

                      Have you checked your junk folder?

                      Bob

                      in reply to: Forum issues #14498
                      bobclements
                      Keymaster

                        Hi Tomo

                        Webmaster tells me that your membership was authorised on 24th March, and you should have received 2 emails.

                        Have you checked your junk folder?

                        Bob

                        in reply to: Forum issues #14497
                        bobclements
                        Keymaster

                          Hi Tomo

                          No reason why you can’t post.  Can you try again please.

                          I have asked the webmaster to look into what has happened.

                          Bob

                          in reply to: Leisure battery not charging from battery charger. #14407
                          bobclements
                          Keymaster

                            Far from it.  It will look after your batteries far better because it carries-out proper intelligent charging, so there’s no chance of cooking them.

                            My current house batteries are 12 years old now and still going strong (but they are 6v Trojans).

                            Have a read – data sheet here

                            Instructions (talks about how it charges) here

                            • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by bobclements.
                            in reply to: Leisure battery not charging from battery charger. #14405
                            bobclements
                            Keymaster

                              Hi Ian

                              The diode splitter is basically a dumb device which splits the charge between the two battery banks.  One of the problems with them is that you suffer voltage loss through them of anywhere between 0.5 and 1.5 volts.  On my boat, I was only getting 12.9v out of the diode splitter, but the alternator was pushing out 13.6v.  As you can imagine, 12.9v is pretty rubbish.  If you have a modern alternator, you can just replace the diode splitter with a VSR, which basically does the same thing but without the voltage loss.

                              The Sterling A to B is an altogether different beast.  What it does is very clever.  It treats the battery banks completely separately. It charges the engine battery first, pretty much as you would get if the alternator was attached directly to it.  What it then does for the house bank is to drag the voltage at the alternator down so that the alternator produces maximum amps.  It them boosts the voltage back up.  The net result is that you get massively more charge going into your house batteries.  It also acts as a proper 4-stage charger, so will pause the fast charge every so often for a few minutes to let the batteries settle and cool, and once the batteries are fully charged it will put them onto a float charge.

                              It’s a really easy unit to install, as it just uses the same 3 connections as the diode splitter (so it’s a simple swap-out), and you just need to run a return cable to the battery negative system.

                              It does put a fair bit of load onto the alternator and can generate black dust off the belt, so you need to replace the belt every year or two, but it’s a complete game-changer when it comes to charging the house bank, especially if you have an older alternator like a 60a Valeo that was fitted by Volvo.

                              in reply to: Leisure battery not charging from battery charger. #14401
                              bobclements
                              Keymaster

                                A bit of advice.  Ditch the splitter diode and replace it with a Sterling A to B charger.  You’ll get far better charging from the alternator.

                                in reply to: Harken 40 2 speed winch w/self tailer – 2003 Bav 36 #14396
                                bobclements
                                Keymaster

                                  Excellent news.  I guess you won’t be servicing the winches with the boat in the water in future then.

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