Saturday, 28 November 2009

Perkins 4108 wire loom

You will need a box of cable crimp terminal ends and a crimp tool,this one also cuts the wire,if you can not find these where you are we may be able to source locally for you and supply with the wire harness set.Made by SeaWorld (taiwan) item number 30318.

New tracer wires (colour coded)each cable is ten meters long,so long enough for most installations,we also supply a cable list as to which wire size and colour goes where,start at the switch panel,do those connections,feed the wires back to the engine and connect to each sender unit or supply point,this way you will cut the new cables to the right length.

The Canadian flag,marks this new order as our twenty fifth export country to date.

We posted this information on our blog early in the year,due to a rewire job on a Perkins 4108 diesel engine (46hp straight four),having stripped the original loom,we could match the wire gauge and colours too,we can not supply the original push in plugs but we can say what wire went where on the engine we were working on,some wires may be extras,as the engine had a generator originally but now has an alternator.Paul in Canada has just ordered a set of new wires for his boat down in Florida,we supply in ten meter lengths,you can cut to size to suit your own boat then,the new wires kit weighs around 4kgs by the way.
Check out this link to view the original posting we made,more pictures,info and a list of what wire is what colour and goes where?

Starter motor connections.

The left side of the engine when vied from the gear box end,note the hours and date on installation writen on the engines oil filter!

The reverse of the panel,wires were refitted as they came off,we have to assume they were in their original places.

A standard Perkins 4108 control panel,note the key switch is an after market replacment,we have a 12volt socket under that black cap too,the silver button is the panel light switch.

The original loom when stripped of its cover looks like this,in this case it it is around six meters long.

The three Commodores!

Photo R McBride,Canon G11 Powershot,settings,an aperture of F4 and a shutter speed of 2000,left click to view full size.

Yes,two HBYC club presidents too,thats Dudley on the left,our clubs founder member,past commodore and president right now,Alister,center,was club commodore and was the clubs president in the past,with Alan on the right a past club commodore,marina officer and is club treasurer yet again,he did that post for many years in the past too.

The CAV (lucas) diesel water strainer filter

The CAV filter unit in place,the diesel is a dark colour due to some fuel additive,Combust 23 which I have added.
Note to protect your fuel pump,always have the filter before the pump,not after.

These are great ideas,I was after another well known brand,speaking to the agent he advised that the nearest place I could buy a similer type was just around the corner from me,they have the CAV type with a 296 Delphi fuel filter element.He advised me to check the way the ports are marked,for some reason they are back to front he advised,he was right too.

Left click any of these pictures to view full size and see more details.

Cav Delphi water strainer diesel fuel filter assembly.

GUD 629 filter is a straight swop for the CAV Delphi HDF296 filter,GUD is made locally so easy to source.

There are four ports,the reason is to be able to change the fuel feed direction,as in your incoming fuel line may be either from left or right,so choose which ports suit your application,the arrows are wrongly marked as far as I am concerned,as they are if you use the arrow coming in,fuel and any water goes into the top of the filter,then down into the glass bowl below,the water then contaminates the paper filter element.

Check out the top cap and the closed port on the left side,it leads to the central port which will feed incoming fuel down to the glass bowl,from where it goes up and throught the paper filter element and to your engine,as it is supplied the ports are marked the wrong way around.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Cadbury chocolates

With a posible buy out of Cadbury Chocolates in England,I thought this really good picture taken from Norman Dunns web site was appropriate.
try // for more pictures that Norman has collected.

The Story of Cadbury
Early Days - A One Man Business

Birmigham 1824
John Cadbury was one of ten children of Richard Tapper Cadbury, a prominent Quaker who had moved to Birmingham, England from the West Country in 1794.

In 1824, 22-year-old John Cadbury opened his first shop at 93 Bull Street, next to his father's drapery and silk business in the then fashionable part of Birmingham.

Apart from selling tea and coffee, John Cadbury sold hops, mustard and a new sideline - cocoa and drinking chocolate, which he prepared using a mortar and pestle.

Cocoa and drinking chocolate had been introduced into England in the 1650s but remained a luxury enjoyed by the elite of English society. Customers at John Cadbury's shop were amongst the most prosperous Birmingham families, the only ones who could afford the delicacy. Cocoa beans were imported from South and Central America and the West Indies.

Experimenting with his mortar and pestle, John Cadbury produced a range of cocoa and chocolate drinks, the latter with added sugar. The products were sold in blocks: customers scraped a little off into a cup or saucepan and added hot milk or water.

John Cadbury had a considerable flare for advertising and promotion. "John Cadbury is desirous of introducing to particular notice 'Cocoa Nibs', prepared by himself, an article affording a most nutritious beverage for breakfast," announced his first advertisement in the Birmingham Gazette in March 1824.

He soon established himself as one of the leading cocoa and drinking chocolate traders in Birmingham. The popularity and growing sales of John Cadbury's cocoa and drinking chocolate of 'superior quality' determined the future direction of the business.

In 1831, John Cadbury rented a small factory in Crooked Lane not far from his shop. He became a manufacturer of drinking chocolate and cocoa, laying the foundation for the Cadbury chocolate business.

These early cocoa and drinking chocolates were balanced with potato starch and sago flour to counter the high cocoa butter content, while other ingredients were added to give healthy properties.

By 1842, John Cadbury was selling sixteen lines of drinking chocolate and cocoa in cake and powder forms.

The Quaker Influence
The Cadbury family were prominent members of the Society of Friends or Quakers, one of the many nonconformist religious groups formed in the 17th century. Their strong beliefs carried into campaigns aimed at ending poverty and deprivation and many prominent Quaker-run businesses were part of reforms of social and industrial society in Victorian Britain.

John Cadbury's lifelong involvement with the Temperance Society influenced the direction of his business enterprise. By providing tea, coffee, cocoa and chocolate as an alternative to alcohol he felt he was helping to alleviate some of the alcolohol-related causes of poverty and deprivation amongst working people. He also incorporated some of these principles in his industrial relations philosophy. (See A Progressive Workplace)

Cadbury Brothers of Birmingham

John Cadbury
As the enterprise prospered, in 1847 John Cadbury rented a larger factory in Bridge Street, off Broad Street, in the centre of Birmingham and went into partnership with his brother Benjamin - trading as Cadbury Brothers of Birmingham.

The retail side of the business in Bull Street was passed to a nephew, Richard Cadbury Barrow in 1849. Barrow Stores, as it became, traded in Central Birmingham until the 1960s.

A major turning point for the cocoa and chocolate industry came in the mid-1850s, when taxes on imported cocoa beans were reduced by Prime Minister William Gladstone. The previously prohibitive chocolate products were now within the reach of the wider population.

Cadbury Brothers received their first Royal Warrant on February 4, 1854 as 'manufacturers of cocoa and chocolate to Queen Victoria.' The company continues to hold royal warrants of appointment.

During the 1850s business began to decline. The partnership between the first Cadbury brothers was dissolved in 1860, a difficult time in the company's history.

John Cadbury's sons Richard and George, who had joined the company in the 1850s, became the second Cadbury brothers to run the business when their father retired due to failing health in 1861.

John Cadbury devoted the rest of his life to civic and social work in Birmingham until his death in 1889.

South Africas Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Cape of Good Hope; looking towards the west, from the coastal cliffs above Cape Point.
A triangular postage stamp from the Cape of Good Hope, 1855.The Cape of Good Hope (Afrikaans: Kaap die Goeie Hoop, Dutch: Kaap de Goede Hoop, Portuguese: Cabo da Boa Esperan├ža) is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of South Africa. There is a very common misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa and the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but in fact the southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, about 150 kilometres (90 mi) to the east-southeast. However, when following the coastline from the equator, the Cape of Good Hope marks the psychologically important point where one begins to travel more eastward than southward. Thus the rounding of the cape in 1488 was a major milestone in the attempts by the Portuguese to establish direct trade relations with the Far East.

As one of the great capes of the South Atlantic Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope has been of special significance to sailors for many years and is widely referred to by them simply as "the Cape." It is a major milestone on the clipper route followed by clipper ships to the Far East and Australia, and still followed by several offshore yacht races.

The term Cape of Good Hope was also used to indicate the early Cape Colony established in 1652, in the vicinity of the Cape Peninsula. Just prior to the formation of the Union of South Africa, the term referred to the entire region that was to become the Cape Province in 1910

A Proteus 106 catamaran in Thailand

Rick enjoying his Proteus 106,left click pictures to view in a larger size.

Thailand looks like a nice place to hang out,in this case the boat was built there too,from plans,our Proteus 106 kits followed this first boat to launch,it looks good and from the owners comments below sails really well.

Hello Angelo,

Photo's of my sail boat in Koh Chang, Koh Mac, Koh Kood Islands, Thailand

I still have poor fitting second hand sails and need more work, but having fun with the boat.

I Recently sailed to windward in 35 plus knots gusts of head wind and full steady wind of 25 knots with 2nd reef and 2 meter waves. Had some waves over the cabin top and really tested the boat build.

I was very happy with the boat and it pointed very well to weather. It was not a enjoyable beat to weather, it was only about 4 hours. But the boat got a good test.

Best Regards

Hout Bays refurbed marina goes back in place

We always seem to find this kind of work done right at the end of the year and just when the cruising boats start to arrive.In this picture the main spine has been serviced and replaced,next the repaired fingers will be put back and we will have all 122 mooring berths back in use.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Hebburn Smithy shoes a pony

In line with the horseshoe story, I found this picture which has just been added on the Hebburn web site,my grand dad worked on the ships in Hebburn,hence my interest in the east coast town of England,great men and ships came from Hebburn!

Two pages of photos added tonight
Posted by Norman Dunn on 25/11/2009, 6:37 pm

check out and for more.

I have just added another two pages of photos tonight. I love the rare photo that John Black borrowed on P336 showing Mr Phipps the Farrier at the Glen St Smithy shoeing one of Uttley's horses.(The Dairy Horse).

Norman Dunn

The lucky Horseshoe?

A horseshoe found in Brasil.

This one is as open ended as the Horseshoe I have on my desk,we were on Ocean Cloud,our Endurance 37,quite a way up one of the rivers leading into the bay in Salvador,Bahia,Brasil.On our way to Magrogipie further up stream,we had anchored close in for the evening, going ashore I discovered a large horseshoe in some mud by a stream,it came all the way back to Hout Bay with the boat on its return.

I keep it with the points or tails pointing upwards but once a Farrier told my dad that one point should always be lower than the other,this is to allow the devil an easy escape route should he pass by and fall in? This one I have has no holes in it,so it was never used,so does this horseshoe hold no luck? well if not the small brass one found when my dad escaped an Italian Prisoner of War Camp in WW2 certainally does have luck,he brought it all the way back to Liverpool with him and its still fastened (points upward) the the back garage door right now!


Horseshoes are considered a good luck charm in many cultures. The shape, fabrication, placement, and manner of sourcing are all important. A common tradition is that if a horseshoe is hung on a door with the two ends pointing up then good luck will occur. However, if the two ends point downwards then bad luck will occur. Traditions do differ on this point, though. In some cultures, the horseshoe is hung points down (so the luck pours onto you); in others, it is hung points up (so the luck doesn't fall out); still in others it doesn't matter so long as the horseshoe has been used (not new), was found (not purchased), and can be touched. In all traditions, luck is contained in the shoe and can pour out through the ends.

In some traditions, any good or bad luck achieved will only occur to the owner of the horseshoe, not the person who hangs it up. Therefore, if the horseshoe was stolen, borrowed or even just found then the owner, not the person who found or stole the horseshoe will get any good or bad luck. Other traditions require that the horseshoe be found to be effective.

One reputed origin of the tradition of lucky horseshoes is the story of Saint Dunstan and the Devil. Dunstan, who became the Archbishop of Canterbury in AD 959, was a blacksmith by trade. The story relates that he once nailed a horseshoe to the Devil's hoof when he was asked to reshoe the Devil's hoof. This caused the Devil great pain, and Dunstan only agreed to remove the shoe and release the Devil after the Devil promised never to enter a place where a horseshoe is hung over the door.

Some believe that if guests come to a house where a horseshoe is above the door, they must leave by the same door through which they entered or they will take the luck from the horseshoe with them from the house.

Jessica Watson heads south to Cape Horn.

Tuesday, 24 November, 2009 (10.30am AEDT)

Overnight Jessica reached the northern most part of her voyage and rounded Kiritimati (Christmas) Island and is now heading south towards the notorious Cape Horn.

Kiritimati Island is one of the three major rounding points during her around the world voyage, the other two being Cape Horn and Tasmania. Whilst she will pass under the Cape of Good Hope, it is not actually a rounding mark.

Bruce Arms, who is an integral part of Jessica’s shore team, has been impressed with her skills in rounding Kiritimati.

“Jessica has displayed really impressive seamanship and patience in rounding this landmark. The wind conditions have not been favourable for her, with headwinds and strong currents, so it has been a very challenging few days. But we have all been so impressed with the manner in which she has gone about this rounding. She kept well clear of the island and did not take any short cuts,” said Bruce.

“Whilst everyone was rightly celebrating her crossing of the equator last week, the rounding of Kiritimati was in my opinion a far more significant achievement, as it has required a very high level of sailing skills to do so and Jess has come through with flying colours.”

Since rounding Kiritimati, Jessica has made good time and is now expected to cross the equator again sometime this evening (AEDT) as she is now enjoying favourable east-south east winds.

Captain (Brad) B Wallace-Bradley

Table Bay,RCYC waters,thats Astra on the left with Acushla center and Paragon 3 to the right,Achusla has just found a new owner in Durban and I assume she will be well restored.

Astra afloat,hard standing and marina space was donated for no charge by the HBYC,which I thank them for.

Astra,as I restored her.
Astra Tumlaren 27 Astra . 0.840 0.000 11.02.2009 the rating by RCYC for Astra.

Astra arrives in Hout Bay Harbour.

Brads blue VW Beetle as the back up car high on the top of Ou Kapse Weg.

Brad with Astra,checking props in the FBYC boat park.

I first met up with Brad at the FBYC due to to the by now famous words from my good wife Jean, 'You could fix this boat' we were standing in the Simonstown municipal car park and next to a wreck of a boat named Astra,she was in a shocking condition and had been towed from the FBYC club boat park as a way of getting rid of her.

Astra was saved from a watery grave when she sank on moorings a good year before,the club raised her,the owner,Georgie Kholer gave her to the club on the undrestanding Astra would be restored? a group formed what was called 'The friends of Astra Asscociation'meetings were held and donations received but work never actually came to the point where Astra was ever going to float again,when Jean uttered those famous words to me,Astra had two end destinations waiting for her,a chain saw and a skip,or a watery death going down in flames in the bay,the later would never have worked,she would have sunk long before she made the bay.

So I agreed with my good wife and the rest became history,its documented well enough if you care to look for it,I asked the club could I have the wreck that was Astra,I was asked to discuss this with The Friends of Astra,the result was a letter saying Astra was mine on the single condition she was restored,sounds like moving the liability on to me a little?

So it was I then met Brad,what a great man,we got on great and we both moved Astra from her tempoary set of wheels onto an L 26 road trailer,would you ever imagine a Tumlaren would fit on an L26 trailer,well it will but backwards.When I arrived to load the boat with Brads help he was a little shocked ( i think) to see me drilling holes all over her where ever I needed a prop to stay put,it was the only way I could use the borrowed trailer with out any damage to it,worked too? Thanks a stack Brad,we made a good job of things that day,Brad was my back up driver as we went over Ou Kapse Weg,was this the first Tumlaren to do so,I thinks so,Astra is now 75 years old and is on moorings at FBYC.

Brads General Botha years:

Wallace-Bradley, Capt B., Cadet No.1696 [1951- ... 1945 term] in 2004 Wallace-Bradley, Capt B., Cadet No.1696 [1951 ... 1945 term] in 2004 Wallace-Bradley, Capt B., Cadet No.1696 [1951

Building the Bombaloza scull boat number one.

Finished boats are priced at R16,500,about U$2200,which represents a very good price.

The trial boat was built using pine ply,which is quite heavy,I would expect our kit boats using ockume veneer marine plys to be around 25% lighter?

Fort Dunlop,once the worlds largest factory!

Fort Dunlop tennis balls,have you ever wondered why they carry that name,now you know.

The Fort Dunlop building from the M6 motorway, 2007

The early structure is of concrete, clad to a steel frame. Upon redevelopment, it was found that the steel frame had moved no more than 2 mm (0.1 in), a reflection of the quality of construction. The building is 52 metres (171 ft) deep. The south side measures 24 metres (79 ft) in height and 130 metres (427 ft) in width. The extension housing the Travelodge hotel extends 170 metres (558 ft) from the building, and has a width of 8 metres (26 ft). The northern face is of slightly different architecture to the rest of the building as it was damaged during World War II by bombing raids by the Luftwaffe.[6]

A circular light well was constructed from the roof to the atrium at the reception, allowing natural light to illuminate the centre of the building. At each floor, the light well is lined with steel to reflect the industrial heritage of the building

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fort Dunlop
Type Office, retail and hotel (formerly industrial)
Location Erdington, Birmingham, England
Coordinates 52°30′35″N 1°48′43″W / 52.5097°N 1.8120°W / 52.5097; -1.8120Coordinates: 52°30′35″N 1°48′43″W / 52.5097°N 1.8120°W / 52.5097; -1.8120
Completed 1920s (2006 in current form)
Height 24 metres (79 ft)
Floor count 7
Main contractor Urban Splash
Architect 1920s: Sidney Stott and W.W. Gibbings
2007: Hazel Rounding of shedkm
Awards and prizes Grade A locally listed

Fort Dunlop under redevelopment, 2006Fort Dunlop (grid reference SP129902), is the common name of the original tyre factory and head office of Dunlop Rubber in the Erdington district of Birmingham, England. It was established in 1917 and by 1954, the entire factory area employed 10,000 workers. At one time it was the world's largest factory, when it employed 3,200 workers.[1]

Fort Dunlop is a landmark building next to the M6 motorway, near to junction 5. It is a Grade A locally listed building.[2] It was designed by Sidney Stott and W.W. Gibbings in the 1920s.[3]
Dunlop Tyres now occupies a small part of the original factory area

Urban Splash acquired the building and the 4.02 hectares (9.93 acres) of land[2] from English Partnerships in 1999 and started work on drawing up proposals in conjunction with Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency who funded the reclamation of the land.[4] Urban Splash hold the building on a 999 year lease from Advantage West Midlands.[2]

The Fort Dunlop building, derelict for twenty years and was used as an advertising hoarding, has been redeveloped into an office and retail space with an adjoining Travelodge hotel. Work on the redevelopment commenced in December 2004. It now has 300,000 square feet (27,871 m2) of office space[3] within the main building as well as recreational leisure space. There are also 1,150 basement and surface car parking spaces.[2] The developers were Urban Splash and the architects were Liverpool-based Hazel Rounding of shedkm.[5] The landscape designer for the building's setting was Martha Schwartz Inc.[6]

By March 2005, all windows and poor quality extensions were removed to reveal the shell. The steel structure which would house the 100-bed Travelodge hotel began construction and the largest advertisement hoarding in the world at that time was constructed on the front of the building. The steel structure was completed in June 2005 along with the roof structure. The concrete was added to the steel structure two months later. They were manufactured offsite and transported to the building where they were fitted into place. They contained the circular holes on one side to make way for the circular windows. By the end of 2005, the windows were being added to the inside of the building. The outside structure was left as it was and the glass structure was built behind it. The assembly work had been completed to the adjacent structure and work had begun to paint it dark blue with a sign saying "FORT DUNLOP" added to the top of the structure by March 2006. The sign is illuminated at night[7] The skyline signage, with its programmable, RGB LED illumination resulted in three separate industry awards for ASG, the company that designed, manufactured and installed the structures."Sign Industry Awards 2007".

By June 2006, the windows had been fitted to the Travelodge and the hotel opened to the public. Window work on the inside of the old building was being completed and the floor layouts were being defined.

Fort Dunlop opened in an opening ceremony on December 1, 2006.[8] Upon completion, it had the largest living grass roof in the United Kingdom which provides natural insulation and a wildlife reserve.

In August 2006, Urban Splash announced that three retail companies were to move to Fort Dunlop; house accessory specialist Dwell, relocating from the Custard Factory, Snap Galleries and a Birmingham-based coffee outlet called The Daily Grind Coffee Company.[9][10] Another company, Boxer, a design consultancy, was announced as the first tenant, moving from their base in Coleshill.[11]

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Captain (rtd) Brad (B Wallace-Bradley)

As everyone knows, we've had quite a rough time in SA with untimely power cuts. We decided to give our wine drinkers the opportunity to win a handy generator. The promotion ran in Picardi Rebel Liquor Stores in July and August.

Our winner in Western Cape was Captain Brad Bradley, a retired merchant navy captain from Noordhoek, in Cape Town. I asked him why he buys Leopard's Leap and he responded by saying: "My wife and I really appreciate the support that Leopard's Leap gives to the Cape Leopard Trust, conservation is something that lies close to our hearts."

Congratulations Captain Bradley, keep on enjoying our wines, and of course your brand new generator!

Pictured in the photo above, from left to right: Henniel Smit (Leopard's Leap Brand Manager), Captain Bradley and Josy (Manager of Picardi Rebel Longbeach)

The Lynnhaven 15 canoe by Dudley Dix

Mail just in from our customer Rob,in Petermaritzburg a 1000 miles away.

Good Morning Roy,

Just to let you know that I unpacked the bundle and everything is in
order and received without damage . Really impressed with the quality of
the wood and the cutting . Thanks very much . I just hope that I have
done the right thing in choosing the 4 mm board and not the 6 mm board .
I have chosen to go light so kids can manhandle the boat around .
Will send you pics hopefully as the build progresses

Left click this picture to view full size and check our more detail.

We have just prepared a set of panels for a customer in KZN,the boat comes from just three sheets of 4mm thick marine plys,look at how much setting out and jig saw work our kits can save you.