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  • 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
    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 #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 8 months, 3 weeks 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.

    in reply to: Harken 40 2 speed winch w/self tailer – 2003 Bav 36 #14393
    bobclements
    Keymaster

    I saw your post on Facebook about this.

    I have no idea where you would get one.  Only suggestions I could offer are:-

    Clipper Marine?

    Harken in the USA (to see if they have one kicking around somewhere)?

    Sorry I can’t be of more help.  Best of luck finding one.

    Bob

    in reply to: Engine will not start #14381
    bobclements
    Keymaster

    A common problem is the connectors onto the starter solenoid.  There is a small wire with a spade connector (which comes from the relay box) on the top of the solenoid.  Take it off, clean it up, and put it back.  Then try it again.

    If not, as others have said, listen to the starter as someone else presses the button.  If there is no click from the solenoid, you may have a dead relay.

    If the solenoid is clicking, then the starter motor might be jammed, and quite often a good wack with a hammer on the casing is enough to get it going again.

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