Friday, 15 May 2015

British Seagull gear box parts

We have been asked to supply a British Seagull Forty Plus drive gear, that one has 35 teeth and is the larger one in the picture.

With a good selection of used British Seagull spares and engine parts now in stock we have one but does it form part of a stripped down engine is the question?

Then we cannot sell the gear without the rest of the engine.

Not so easy this time?

We now need to find out if the part is spare or not.

How easy can this be?

We have British Seagull engines that can be rebuilt to your order.

One we sent off last week brought the comment below, I need to add the mans British Seagull was a wreck.


Got the little motor on Saturday . It is beautiful – excellent job !Well done !




Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Vesper Marine XB8000 AIS, can changes be made to the MMSI number??

This was a question we were asked last week, a question not asked before, we contacted the Vesper Marine support office for a reply.

The model is thne XB-8000 class B transponder.

'"The best black box a boater can buy is the XB-8000."

Compared with Raymarine, Garmin and others. "It truly offers the most advanced technology in any AIS transponder available today."
The Teak Rail is the result of hundreds of hours of research and thousands of hours of abuse aboard vessels sailing the high seas.

The XB-8000 AIS Transponder has WiFi, NMEA 2000® & 0183, USB and GPS receiver all built right in and includes our powerful external GPS antenna.

The world's first Class B AIS with built-in WiFi and NMEA 2000 gateway converting navigation instrument data so it can be viewed on most any tablet, smartphone, PC or Mac. It is the most full-featured Class B AIS "black box" transponder and is the only AIS transponder that can be used as a GPS source for NMEA 2000 networks.

Read below.

Hi Roy,

All AIS transponders are required to only allow the MMSI to be programmed once. Non-Vesper Marine transponders must be returned to the dealer or manufacturer if a change is necessary. However in our case, the MMSI can be changed in any Vesper Marine transponder without needing to return the unit to anyone. It simply requires an email to along with the serial number, the existing MMSI (the one to be erased) and a statement attesting to the location of the boat. The only exception is that it is illegal for an end user to change the MMSI in the United States.

Best regards


In this case we were able to sell the unit to the buyer, he is a delivery skipper and wants the best AIS on the market but also needs an AIS that can have its MMSI number changed for each delivery.

What an interesting question!


Monday, 11 May 2015

Vice Commodore Taffy's HBYC winter cruise

Taffy decides that as so many HBYC yachts now have a COF ( certificate of fitness) its time to get out on the water, five boats sailed, which is not many but we made a start and did have a fine afternoons sailing.

Yacht Flying Cloud on her own HBYC marina berth is a Dix 43, built and fitted out for blue water cruising, she is for sale.

With the power cable to the HBYC having been stolen, the yachts 60 watt solar panel and 6amp wind charger are really earning their keep these days.

Athol sorted out the mainsail, Owen too but cannot be seen in this shot.

Rear Commodore of the HBYC Taffy steers the course out of the bay, while Jean watches he is heading the right direction?

Shirley was with us too and it was she who fed us all with some wonderful snacks served up on a large tray she and Taffy bought in Trinidad!

The solid teak table was made by CKD Boats cc, Taffy and Shirley took one around the world with them on their fourteen year circumnavigation, We can still make them to special order for you.

Owen joined us for the day also, he has done two transatlantic crossings now?

The wind was very light to start the afternoon but when it blew up to over 20 knots later on, the boats hard spray dodger was good protection for those in the boats cockpit.

Sailing out towards Chapmans Bay and the course which took us around Vulcan Rock.

This rock is un marked and needs careful consideration when sailing in the area of Chapmans Bay, there is a second and normally submerged rock named Taffelburg, that rock is on the landward side of the rock in the picture and to the right of the image. Both rocks break waves in rough weather so can normally be seen quite easily.

Athol sitting on his favorite perch. The yacht is a Dix designed Dix 43 in wood/epoxy.

What a nice afternoon we all had!