Friday, 31 October 2014

TNT is this good or bad service?

A parcel with 1967 Hillman Imp Californian windscreen rubbers was shipped from the suppliers some weeks back, the TNT fee was a whopping 90 pounds, it landed in Johannesburg 14 days back?

Its at last out for delivery and we expect it today?

While the TNT tracking tells us they are waiting on customs release we found out from the Randburg TNT office that this was not the case, the issue was that TNT were just too busy to handle the order and that our paperwork had not been allocated to anyone.

We were eventually contacted and asked for the suppliers invoice, I told them its in an envelope on the carton, I was told it was not and we had to then phone the UK and ask for a copy to be scanned so we could forward it.

Check the carton, the yellow lable is the suppliers and with that will have been the invoice.

I will not be using the TNT company again.


Thursday, 30 October 2014

A restored Sunbeam Imp (hillman) in South Africa

This 1971 Hillman Imp Deluxe was pre sold to the client who then specified what he expected to have the car end up like, the car has been known to me some sixteen years, in storage the entire time and still a one owner car. The car was a personal Import by its lady owner, she licenced  the car into her name when she brought it to Cape Town and since then it has still been in her name!

The car will sport a new 998cc engine, also it has a full interior re trim with some parts being finished in real black leather, this includes the steering wheel.

The bright bits went on yesterday, the addition of stainless trims really shows off the cars lines and at last ( a years process to date) we can see the car starting to look like its finished.

Prices? well to give you an idea the re chrome work on the bumpers cost over R6000 alone.

The strip of rubber that seals between the car body and the bonnet was GBP12.00 and we still had to get it here and pay shipping, duty and vat on that.

The Lucas lights front and rear are all new, cost? I hate to ask? yes that dust needs cleaning of the front suspension arms, so my first task today, yes it was just dust!


Monday, 27 October 2014

A new Hillman Imp in South Africa

This has been posted before, we are now at a more advanced stage and the car has been fully trimmed out and to a standard that Rootes and Chrysler never even dreamed of?

Today the re chromed front and rear bumpers arrived, they are the best I have ever seen!

With the re painted Sunbeam badge fitted we are starting to see a more complete car now.

This car is all about details, the glass windscreen is dated 1966 but the rubber that surrounds it is brand new, as are the wiper drives, arms and blades.

The chance to build a car as new as was practable was not to be missed.

This 1971 Hillman Imp Deluxe is now more deluxe than it ever was when it came out of the by then Chrysler Rootes factory.

We have just one more Imp based car that can be used as the base car for a similar make over, priced at R70,000 which is around GBP3888.00 it is at least a runner and can be driven daily as it is right now, contact me for more information.


Trans ocean navigation by satellite navigation in 1985

These  days a voyage with sat nav is forgotton, some ridiculed the idea even back then thirty years ago?

Notty and myself set sail from an island about sixty miles south of Rio in Brasil and bound for Cape Town in South Africa, we were expecting a voyage of about a month and that was what we got.

My old Walker 402 satellite Navigation system, it refuses to power up now, age has got the better of it? We used the later Walker 412 unit while crossing the South Atlantic Ocean.

An update, a few days left with 12v dc power on and the set started to accept programing, basic stuff like your lat and long plus a waypoint as well, the time it accepts needs to be GMT which is the old term now, plus the date, that will be the bother as its now 2014 and thirty two years ago the year 2000 was not allowed for.

The set on inspection has a round fuse holder, which was empty, page 4 of the user manual tells me that a 2 amp x 20mm fuse will be required. I found one in a Shipmate RS5910 GPS chart plotter. Running on 12 volts the set will accept 9v to 36v and draws only 0.7 amp which was very good in those days.
The set now powers up but as the 25 to 30 satellites were all turned off, thats as much as it will ever do?

This set was sold in France, Antibe by Harris Yachting to a boat named Anakena, the date was 18 / 08 / 1982 so here we are some thirty two years later and the unit still works, its a shame they switched off those satellites, mind you its showing one now and at one time showed it had located three but no fix.

Check the date, this was an interesting step back in time and a reminder of what were were able to buy and use some three decades back!

An email from Notty today.

Yep, it was 1985 indeed and I was 45, now 75 so almost 30-years depending on what month we left Rio, not sure of that. We did OK mate to do it back in 32 days............

My reply:

Captain and navigator,

I have just pulled out the log of Tal Gal, a loose page in the front is of your work sheet and dated 24/04/85 , it says DR  34 s 21 w, it was a noon shot as another is below and for 1pm. So we were still a good way off then, another sheet shows us to then be at 35s and 8 w, so about as far down as we went?

Yachts Elangani and Tal Gal ( ocean planet) both due to head back to South Africa later that month of April 1985.
We cleared the Ilha Grande channel at 1600 hrs and that was on April the 10th, for a while heading the wrong way you will remember!

On the next day and by 22.45pm we were down to three reefs in the main and number two staysail and still doing 6 plus knots, you then noted “bad Night,   we were busy right away it seems? We did 104 miles in the first 24 hrs, wind died and was 0 to 5 knots we then started the motor at 14.46pm this was by then the 11th of April.

The log ends: 12th May, North  Head sighted out of the fog, now entering outside channel, the time logged was 0800hrs!

This is actually a good read, we wrote lots down, I will have it copied and give it to Dion for you to re live the event?

Sat nav was fine by me, you were told when the next fix was due and normally it was on time, time may be some hours though, this was not an instant event, so your DR was an important part of working with a Sat Nav. To prove this we had started to pick up VHF traffic on what we knew was the South African West Coast, the only issue was fog and while we could see five fishing boats we could not see land.

I hailed Saldanha Port Control and asked that they find us on their radar, the reply was we can not see you and possibly you are not where you think you are?

A sobering thought?

Still having sailed for the entire distance from Brasil to South Africa we thought we were where we said we were, I asked could the radar see the four wooden fishing trawlers and large steel built factory ship?

The reply was a negative, so in we went in the fog and working only on our DR ploting.

When the fog did lift we were bang on and in the very center of the main shipping channel into the port of Saldanha!

A recent picture of Notty taken two years back and then in Hout Bay, South Africa.

Sat Nav worked for me just fine, it was a Walker 412, I still have one now, shame it can never work again.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Fitting a shaft alternator on a sailing yacht

I have had this on my last two yachts, both being the Endurance 37 design by Peter Ibold.
does  it work? well on a two handed return from Rio Do Janerio, Brasil, Notty and I were leaving the lights on 24/7 as the Lucas 30 amp marine alternator did not have a regulator on it, at times we  saw 16 amps indicated on the amp meter.

So yes it works!

We had intended to make for Hout Bay which was our home port, even Cape Town was ok but the South Easter got the better of us and the sea was huge, when it all calmed down we were close to Saldanha YC and were still happy to arrive there.

I was asked this week about a similar yacht, what miles per day will it do? around 135 is easy enough and we nearly topped 180 in that current off the Amazon river in Brasil.

Ocean Planet (Tal Gal) about 1985 and on the slip at the Royal Cape Yacht Club near Cape Town, note the three bladed propellor. This will have been after or thirty two day trip back from Rio in Brasil.

Lucas Marine? thats a white epoxy paint on the alloy outer casing and possibly a lacquer over the internal wires?

Numbers wise I used (i think) a 12" alloy pulley mounted on the propellor shaft aft of the gear box, this idea will not work on a hydraulic box by the way.

Then a normal V belt was fitted and remained so all the time.

The propellor was a 16" x 13 three blade and while this causes drag, the gain in free 12volt DC power was fine by me. The Endurance 37 has the propellor shaft level with the waterline, this gives a maximum drive output from the engine and also suits the shaft alternator idea. If your shaft is set on an angle expect less output?

To kill a myth, locking the shaft slowed the boat down and when we had really rough and hard weather I would use this to apply drag to the boats speed.

We now have a boat with a Max Prop Classic folding twin bladed propellor, so the idea will not  work, sad, of well it was great while we had it.

I have found one here, which does have a regulator, contact them direct to purchase.

My thanks for use of their picture.