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In Topic: Multiple Sterling Battery Chargers

12 February 2017 - 03:53 PM

I ran two Sterling 50 amp chargers in parallel on a previous boat. Sterling even offered a double mount bracket to achieve such. Just connect them to batteries as you would a single unit with independent cables and fuses.

In Topic: New Anchor Arrives

31 January 2017 - 08:44 AM

That looks like a copy of a ROCNA which I've used a lot on yachts.  Very good holding but watch it if you have to drop it in a hurry as they dig in very effectively and you will need a very good strong point on the boat.

And not dissimilar from the one piece Bugle which was the mutts nuts when I was sailing in the early 2000's.


Small hole is for upsetting via anchor float line.

In Topic: Diesel Be Done For?

24 January 2017 - 06:34 PM

Interesting that the government think so highly of our newish 70mpg or 150 bhp diesel Mini that they only charge £30/yr VED. Doesn't really stack up with the latest media round of anti-diesel hype.

In Topic: Ebay vintage engine sales

07 January 2017 - 06:46 PM

...just as the official end of production for Gardner LWs was about 1973, but there are examples around built in the 1990s (I think that the very last 2LW was outshopped in 2000). After all, if a customer is waving money about and you've got the parts, moulds etc. in stock, it would be silly to turn him away.

Seem to remember a batch of 2LW's were built in the mid 90's to service an order to replace worn out ones in South African mining loco's. A few UK orders were tagged onto this. Remember viewing a 1995 high spec nb built with a new one.

Marine Dorman 4DSM and gearbox - 20hp @ 1000rpm


In Topic: Starter Motor Current

04 January 2017 - 09:11 AM

I've a vague recollection of a vintage car engine which (at least when warm) could be started from nothing by moving the ignition advance lever between the extremities? I assume that at least one cylinder had fuel vapour in it when stationary; racking the advance / retard back and forth fired the spark and turned the crankshaft just enough for the next cylinder to take over.

Trembler coils, one for each cylinder controlled by a low voltage distributor, produced multiple sparks on early cars such as the first Model T's, allowing the possibility of starting a stationary engine when the advance/retard control was adjusted. Have witnessed this method of starting on a vintage Rolls departing a car ferry. Not sure it would work so well with more conventional single spark coil ignition system.