Friday, 15 April 2016

The Dabchick dinghy as a kit?

The Dabchick dinghy is mentioned in the April copy of Sailing (SA) magazine.

We have been asked to consider building one and if that was to happen we would produce a Dabchick kit.

The design is coming up for sixty years old now and depending who you ask has seen some 3000 to 5000 built to date.

Please contact me for more information on a kit.

There is lots more info on the Dabchick design in the link


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Another shipment to Switzerland arrives safely

Packing is a very important part of the sales and service side of what we can offer.

Is this Heinrich I wonder?

We do of course charge for the packing crate, basically the cost to the materials and some labour to cover our costs.

The crate was specially made to hold three dinghy kits, two Optimists and one Argie 15, plus the meranti wood, North Sails and Harken deck gear.

We supplied the plans and the builders guides also.

One of the five steel band straps we fitted is missing, the others look good.


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Mirror dnghy class fitout parts guide

Have you ever tried to find the parts list for the Mirror dinghy?

I tried and failed then asked one of our better parts suppliers to track the list down, this he has done and in twenty four hours.

We will have the pricing in this week I hope.

Mirror CNC cut kits are available ex stock and at the same price as in 2014, we can supply any time.

Shipping world wide is not an issue.


Inside a British Seagull gear box

Most Seagull gearbox openings produce a mess of rust and rubbish from years of running dry, only water does the lubrication and cooling?

For a change the last two that were stripped actually had some oil in them, both were leaking due to over filling, plus the wrong grade of oil being used.

These Seagull gearboxes need part filling only and with a 140 grade of oil which we have in stock.
The gear box is filled via a plastic screw in plug and when the engine is upright, not when it is lying down, so the box is then just half full.
This 102 series gearbox is some sixty years old, it has survived well internally but has a bent drive shaft, a spare shaft and gear was used to replace the one in the picture.


Monday, 11 April 2016

British Seagull engines, assembled and in parts

With the two 102 series engines well on the way to completion, I have today stripped a customers 2hp motor.

The Forty series engine power head is next to the down leg of the 102 series motor, the parts to the stripped motor are in the box.


Sunday, 10 April 2016

British Seagull 102 series engine, a long or a short shaft?

We have the parts to make either the short or the long shaft so conversion of your own engine should be possible?

The long shaft tubes are laid out at the back of the engine.

This model has the clutch, which is really a fork which disconnects the gear box crown wheel from the drive gear, it works very well I must add.

We stock the correct grade of Castrol 140 gear oil for these gear boxes.

An assembly job that is nearly complete.