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Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 19-06-2020, 15:32
Replies: 23
Views: 1,309
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: SD50 Cone Clutch Lapping

Once you have done it a few times and get to know the potential problems it will be fairly quick. Iím down to about 1.5 hrs now.
Critical things are
1. Removing enough oil from gearbox to ensure...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 02-05-2020, 22:47
Replies: 19
Views: 2,078
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Adding fan inside refrigerator

I have computer fans in fridges and freezer, that run continuosly, get a rectangular length of PVC downpipe app 100mm by 45mm, you need to set it up so it sucks from the bottom of the chamber, hot...
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 19-03-2020, 13:48
Replies: 15
Views: 1,067
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Yanmar SD50 oil level issues

Any leakage from crankcase will come out of the bell housing drains! There is a significant void space between engine and gearbox where the flywheel is that prevents leakage of engine oil to sail...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 29-10-2019, 13:50
Replies: 5
Views: 986
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Sealand vacuflush - order of items to check for leak.

I have chased down many supposed leaks on my vacu flushís to no avail.
Eventually I pulled out the ball valve shaft and replaced the small o ring and problem solved!
The systems now hold vacuum for...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 25-06-2019, 21:18
Replies: 19
Views: 2,181
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Line slipping thru clutch, but shouldn't

I have been having the same problem with Spinlock XTS clutches.
Got on line and googled overhaul and found that the locking cam was seized up sprayed with WD40 or INOX and worked it back and forth...
Forum: OpenCPN 17-06-2019, 03:24
Replies: 353
Views: 28,151
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: OpenCPN Version 5 Released

I have just downloaded OpenCPN 5 - could someone recommend chart and other plugins I will need to get up and running for Australia and the pacific thanks Gerry
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 20-05-2019, 17:48
Replies: 76
Views: 6,067
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Most reliable feathering propeller

Iíve had Autostream feathering props on since launching in 2014.
5 yrs and 17.000 nm later I can only say that I love them, great reverse power, no maintenance problems,
Just gone back into water...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 20-08-2018, 15:14
Replies: 54
Views: 6,086
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Avoiding coastal surf? How do you do it?

As an old Scottish Captain said
ďItís not the sea that sinks ships laddie, itís the land, the bluddy land!!!!!!Ē
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 17-08-2018, 16:58
Replies: 78
Views: 10,367
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Sailing yacht - what RPM to run engine at?

Big Diesel engines will last forever if properly looked after, but thatís big ship stuff where everything is replaceable and engine revs can be 75 to 120 RPM
Low revs and low load will cause bores...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 12-07-2017, 18:39
Replies: 29
Views: 3,923
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Best way. Manly to the boat works

You will have no problem if you stay over by the western pylon I have a 44ft cat with a app23 m air draft and have been under several times.
The Catenary sag is massive I was very wary 1st time...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 07-07-2017, 20:00
Replies: 12
Views: 1,581
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Can I run freezer on the hard?

A Water cooled condenser is far more efficient than an air cooled especially in hot climates plus you dont reject all that heat into the already hot living area of the boat.

I routed a 6m copper...
Forum: Propellers & Drive Systems 06-05-2017, 14:50
Replies: 81
Views: 44,832
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Yanmar SD50 Saildrives - Have the Cone Clutch Problems Been Solved ?

I think you are looking for the easy way out, 1200 hrs or 1000 loaded hrs is at least twice the normal life of an SD50 clutch.
I have done both of mine twice and only have 700 hrs on the engines,...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 01-05-2017, 13:13
Replies: 12
Views: 1,368
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: SD50 - Heavy Throttle Slips

The Nut on top of the clutch pack can be a problem it is very hard to tap out the locking tab with tools I have on my boat.
I have found that a socket with a...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 22-04-2017, 19:17
Replies: 6
Views: 2,255
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: yanmar SD 50 saildrive oil looks odd

on 16th September 2009 Yanmar issued a service Bulletin GTB2009016 which lowered the oil level in an SD50 saildrive by 14.5mm.
This was due to limited airspace and pressure build up due to...
Forum: Crew Archives 23-06-2016, 16:02
Replies: 1
Views: 2,033
Posted By Aqualibrium
Port Macquarrie to Southport

Aqualibrium is looking for crew to sail from Port Macquarrie to Coomera on the Gold Coast. Departimg Monday 27th June and anticipated to take 4 to 5 days.
Anchoring overnight at various locations....
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 22-06-2016, 12:18
Replies: 21
Views: 9,453
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: DIY hard dinghy stabilizer

I did a quick cheap job using noodles but they have UV degraded very quickly, just about useless in less than 2 yrs. Would probably be better if sewn into a sausage with a UV resistant cover, to give...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 15-06-2016, 15:43
Replies: 22
Views: 3,250
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Dumb question aboout drilling into hull

You don't mention what the hull material is This is critical.
Timber, fibreglass is assumed by some, if so solid fibreglass or composite like so many hulls, if so what type of composite, foam, balsa...
Forum: Lagoon Catamarans 31-05-2016, 18:29
Replies: 17
General Info: SD50 Sail Drive Anode
Views: 3,600
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: SD50 Sail Drive Anode

Use a bit of Loctite and the nuts can be reused, and if you use new nuts do not deform the locking tab to the same extent as original. This way it can be tapped out with a pin punch next time you...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 25-05-2016, 03:54
Replies: 46
Views: 7,900
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Overfilled engine with oil

Re: Runaway Diesels.
If an engine is fueling from an uncontrolled source it CAN be stopped, not by the usual method of bringing the fuel rack to zero but by cutting off the air supply. It will stop...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 21-05-2016, 17:08
Replies: 18
Views: 10,285
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Black color of diesel fuel

All or most small diesel engines use distillate or gas oil, larger diesels will often run on light black diesel fuel, these can be anywhere from 500 Kw upwards but running at slower revs 750 to 500...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 17-05-2016, 14:51
Replies: 26
Views: 3,108
Posted By Aqualibrium
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 12-05-2016, 15:13
Replies: 34
Views: 4,023
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Brand New Yanmar smoking and acting sluggish

There seem to be many conflicting theories here,

Normally black smoke indicates incomplete or poor combustion often caused by overloading, ie Overpitched prop or rope around it but the vibrations...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 08-05-2016, 15:47
Replies: 357
Views: 42,477
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Oyster Yacht in Storm Video

Practicality has a beauty all of its own!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 04-05-2016, 17:55
Replies: 40
Views: 10,397
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Is 50 feet too big?

Sail Handling will be the biggest problem for a Husband Wife Crew.
Make sure you have powered winches for main and headsails.
A 50ft cat will have about a 20-22m mast with a 2 ;1 halyard purchase...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 04-05-2016, 17:21
Replies: 52
Views: 6,441
Posted By Aqualibrium
Re: Boatbuilding a multihull, budgets, paradigms, utter falsehood

Pretty Accurate from my experience.
Took me twice as long and probably cost nearly twice as much as my initial time and costing budgets.

However I did enjoy the build process and the ability to...
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