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  1. David1033
    Hi Everybody. Currently, my wife and I are living on board a 65' steel 'retired' Dutch sailing barge. She used to transport coal along the Dutch inland waterways, but was converted to a houseboat. We've been on board for 37 years and now it's time for a change.
    We're in the process of selling up. Our intention is to have a land based home in Portugal and to buy a Formosa 51, or similar. We intend also to have a holiday let, so people will potentially be able to enjoy a stay in a rural holiday let and / or a cruise on the Atlantic coast, or into the Med.

    It'll be the fulfilment of a long held dream.

    We're both 71, going on 39 (living on a houseboat outside the city keeps you fit and healthy), so we're looking forward to several years of new adventure and meeting new friends.

    If anybody has any experiences, good or bad, with Formosa's, I'd like to hear about them.

  2. One short
    Hi Guys
    I have a 1982 Yanmar 2GM. The forward clutch often " chatters" when engaged. IE slips,grabs,slips,grabs in rapid succession. The oil in the trans is 15w40, as per manual.
    The shifting linkage is correctly set up. Any suggestions?
  3. riverwizard
    Hello everyone !-Long time riverrat here, soon to become a Sailor? Windjammmer ?
  4. RaymondR
    This wouldn't be the Allan Wheeler who worked derricks on ODE Rig 5 on Remarkable Hill 1 in WA during the 60s would it?
  5. charliehows
    hi alan, if you get a chance could you give me a few pointers on anchoring in the marlborough sounds, picton, nelson, golden bay areas - i,ve got a couple of 45cqrs and a medium danforth, 40 mtrs of 10mm chain and some rope warp, and i think im going to need goodly length of warp for some of those areas.
  6. macktub28
    Hi Alan.
    I saw you were good with sound dampning and had a few questions. i am finishing a rebuild on a 30m wooden catch. I have a full size engine room with 2 340hp mains and 2 27KW gensets. My question is how to finish my walls and cealling. Now I have this. A bulk head for and aft of my engine room. 6mm rubber bushings with 15mm plywood attached to them. In between we have fiberglass mat insulation. now this is my question. The visable walls in the engine room are untreated plywood. Im going back and forth on ither painting or lining with steel of some sort. If I go with steel do I use perferated panels or solid panels? What do I do to keep the vibrations down between these panles and the plywood? Or do you have a better sugestion.

    Engineer M/S Eysydos
    Hi Alan, I'm new to the forum, I'm trying to get some start- up information from the forum for a roll bar - solar pannels - wind gen to mount on my Amel Super Maramu 2000.
    Since you're an "old-timer" of the forum, you may know a user who has the same boat as mine or has extensive experience in these electrical setups. I would very much appreciate any help.
    Kind Regards
    Lazy Jag
  8. Mendanha
    Hello Allan... I have been reading some of your opinions on gearboxes... I have a problem with mine and I wanted your opinion about it.
    I have a 13hp Vetus motor, coupled to a ZF10M gearbox. I noticed a "clunch", "noise", like when you have difficulties engaging a gear in your car... Its a metalic noise that only appears when I engage forward. First there is movement and no noise. But as I give speed, it suddenly makes this noise. It goes off after some seconds, or after heating up the gearbox with use for some minutes.
    I changed the oil for a ATF oil, I tryed to work it out manually and adjust to the correct angle and none of this worked out. Do you have some idea about what I can be facing? Is there a problem to work the gearbox after the noise stop?
    As you can see, my english is far from perfect. Sorry about it. I am better with Portuguese
  9. DGK
    I am doing a project with aluminium boat around 9m, and they have inboard dual opole diesel motors, could you please leed me to a link that explains the fundermental difference between wiring a Alumnum boat compared to a Fibreglass boat.

    many thanks Terry
  10. Wessels
    Hi, Long time no hear. What are your sailing plans this summer? We are planning a short trip over to Queen Charlotte between Xmas and earlly Jan. The 4 weeks in Tasman during Feb.


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    Hartley Tahitian 45ft. Leisure Lady
    Marlborough Sounds. New Zealand
    Ex Sound Design Engineer, Electronics tech, Mechanical engineer, Currently Teaching Engineering to apprenticship level.
    Sailing, 4wding
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