Sunday, 24 January 2021

The Engine's ready for you!

Have spent the weekend going over the engine mechanically checking every nut, bolt and washer. I have now done a full service on her, including:

New Drive Belt.

New Impeller.

Coolant flush and new coolant added.

Old engine oil drained and new oil added.

Gearbox oil drained and new oil added.

New Diesel filter fitted.

New Oil filter fitted.

And have run for a full 45 mins going through the rev range concluding with 5 minutes at 90% throttle. I'm amazed at how quiet the engine is at almost full chat compared to idle although i think that has a lot to do with the floor of the workshop being a bit bouncy. 

Other than that she is all packed away awaiting a new owner, so if you're interested or know of someone that's in the market for a new engine please get in touch.

I'm offering it in two options:

Option 1 (Engine and instrument panel only) as it stands on the crate (crate included) fully serviced ready to go with 1.5 hours on the clock! £3250.00. 

Option 2 (Turnkey package) £4250.00 as above but also includes:

1) 55 Litre tank with sender and strap/feet kit.

2) 25 mm to 1.75 inch PSS shaft seal.

3) 1 metre long (tapered one end) by 25 mm diameter propeller shaft, inc. nut, key and pin.

4) R & D marine flexible coupling

5) R & D marine Steel split half coupling (powder-coated)

6) 80 mm x 80 mm x 750 mm long Steel angle engine bearers (powder coated)

7) Spare, belt, impeller and filters

8) 1.25 inch Raw water sea cock complete with bronze strainer and isolation valve.

9) Set of gauges  including Engine volts, Engine temperature & Oil pressure.

10) Stern tube, fitted with unused cutlass bearing and new inboard fitting to suit PSS shaft seal.

11) Full set of manuals including spares & servicing guides.

Enquiries to:

Video of Engine Running: here

Engine Photo Album: here

Engine Specification Sheet: here


Sunday, 20 December 2020

Roll up Roll up!

Yes its time to sell everything, if you're interested email me at

ENGINE: (turnkey package)

1 x Sole Mini 29hp engine, this currently sells for £5450.40 I'm selling my one with less than an hour on the clock after a full service including new belts, filters, oils & coolant.

The engine package includes:

1 x Instrument Panel with all electrical connections
2 x black powder-coated 80 x 80mm mild steel angle engine bearers.
R and D marine, flexi-coupling & half shaft coupling (also black powder-coated).
1 x PSS shaft seal, (new, never fitted) 
1 x 1m long 25mm tapered prop shaft (new, never fitted)
1 x stern tube complete with new cutlass bearing fitted, 
3 metres of marine exhaust hose, 2 metres of water hose & flame resistant fuel lines &
1 x 53 Litre tek-tanks series C fuel tank complete with Wema sender kit fitted. 

If you were to buy that list of parts plus the engine you'd be looking at £7000

Engine Pictures here: 
Specification & Technical drawings here:

Can be seen running by appointment (preferably after Christmas)


INSTRUMENTS (never fitted, as new):

4 x Echopilot 'Bronze' units  £100 each  

More Instrument Pictures here:  

HEADS (brand new):

1 x Jabsco 29120-5100 Model £140.00 

More Heads Pictures here:

BOW ROLLER (never fitted, as new):

1 x 316L S/S double bow roller £225.00

More Bow Roller pictures here:

TANKS (never fitted, as new):

Fuel tank, 1x 55L, w/strap kit & Wema sender £150.00

Water tank 1x 55L, w/strap kit, no sender £150.00

Water tank 1x 43L, w/strap kit & elbow outlet £130.00 

More Tank pictures here:

MOULDINGS (to fit a Centaur):

1 x companionway hatch (old style) £100.00

1 x forepeak hatch £75.00  

1 x Lazerette locker lid £50.00

1 x Engine access hatch £50.00  

More Moulding pictures here:     


DECK HARDWARE (good condition):

1 x Pullpit in stainless steel £150.00

1 x Pushpit in stainless steel £150.00

1 x Boarding ladder/outboard bracket £250.00

More Hardware pictures here:

SPARS (good condition):

1 x Gold Proctor mast with spreaders (no rigging) £300.00

1 x Gold Proctor boom (no rigging) £100.00

More Spars pictures here:

If any of the above takes your fancy get in touch at

Thursday, 10 December 2020

The show's over.

Yep the boats in the skip, the sheds empty, just need to extract the gold sovereigns from the keels and they'll be gone too.

Forces beyond my control finally forced my hand plus the pandemic, (and we all know what we've got to look forward to economically over the next 3-5 years) plus the ever rising cost of materials and my ever growing apathy that's been with me the last 8/9 years all played their part.

The boat didn't go quietly, a partially severed index finger during the kill process temporarily postponed the inevitable, (saw jammed in the grp then released straight through my finger) but then got back to it a few weeks later finishing yesterday. For what its worth the hospitals around my way are all but deserted, where the media gets this 'crisis in the NHS' narrative from i dunno.

My arse didn't touch the seat in Bournemouth when i was called to be patched up then went for surgery two days later to have the tendons and and other bits reattached in Poole General, again very quiet and have physio at Christchurch which is also pretty empty, I couldn't fault the service. 

Still whilst chopping the boat up I observed the same structural problems i witnessed in 2015 sorting the fore peak that led me to pull my interior back out and remove the rest of the original interior. Another observation whilst slicing and dicing was how skinny and uneven the lay up was stem to stern; from the gunwale to waterline mine was no thicker than 6mm where as the deck was 15-18 mm solid laminate!   

There was never the same thickness of laminate from one side to the other but i guess it was all hand laid. I should point out the hardest pieces of structure to remove were mine; i now realize i went completely overkill, that front end could've taken a direct hit from an oncoming vessel and nothing would've broke.

That was the only part of the boat i pretty much through in the skip in its original form, everything else got chopped up to around 300mm x 300mm pieces to stack down in a 10 yard skip. For those contemplating doing the same a chainsaw is rubbish, a Sawzell (recip saw) with metal cutting blades works great along side a 4" grinder with a 1mm thick metal-cutting disc in. 

So what now?

Well I've been going through the parts locker, there is tons of stuff, the major piece being the engine which I've run up a few times in recent years and still only has 0.4 of an hour on it so will get the oils, filters, coolant and belts changed and get it advertised, should say if you're interested or know someone that might be then get in touch.

What else? There's..............well everything, instruments, hardware, full interior cushions (A- layout) various moulding's, mast, boom & spi pole, tanks, pumps, hoses, original interior fixtures, brand new heads, cooker etc. What i'll probably do is list everything here and on the WOA site with a guide price.

But other than that thanks for taking the time.  

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Slow motion.

One thing i haven't quite got used to is how long things take to do. Sure, working on your own is one giant ball ache but coupled with waiting for epoxy to 'kick' so you can get on spraying then fitting things is just doing my head in. 

So even though i have my new super ace epoxy i'm going to give their 'rapid repair' product a go as it promises to cure in 1 -2 hours. I could of course get on doing other bits in the saloon which I have but as mentioned before there's an order in which everything goes together in this project so I'm a bit hamstrung in some jobs.

Still we'll see later on this week when 10kg of the 'rapid' variety should be delivered. I think its the lack of interest in doing the work if I'm honest and having to hang around waiting for stuff to go off that's killing me at the moment, just got to get the boat done. The port side of the galley is in the paint shop getting sprayed so i can still building up the port side settee.

Monday, 6 July 2020

Saloon (Part Deux)

Its still 3D chess in the saloon but i'm used to it now, installing components in such a way so as not to fuck up the next bit. Yesterday was spent bending the galley bulkhead to my will, bit of a self-inflicted wound as i only spray finished one side and consequently it turned into a 4ft square fortune cookie. Never mind, half a dozen f-clamps, some swearing and strategically placed hardwood wedges later as well as three tubes of Puraflex 40 got it all under control.

Gonna go for the settee berth next to port and get that buttoned up and in then i'll proceed to the starboard side, think cookers, cutting back the utility room foam bulkhead and making that a length-wise sea berth. 

It'll get the same treatment as the port side, pull out and storage then i can get back up front into the heads and finish that. Definitely a way to doing this though. Paid works almost back to normal that of up and down so no change for me personally but all good as the money is starting to trickle in again.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

The saloon (part one).

I ummed and arghhed for a while deciding how to lay it out but eventually settled on the revised idea of sink & icebox to the left of the saloon door and oven plus a small drawer unit to the right. This is the most versatile layout i can come up with so you still have to sea-berths down either side and then with some rather spiffy joinery on my part pull the respective bunk fronts out and infill with the respective back rests and have a giant double, 8.5ft x 5ft.

This way, if your intimately acquainted with one another you can go for the giant double option and if not you can sleep separately along the boats length on either side. I will admit to wasting half a day with the laser and measuring tape working it all out and then quietening the voices of doubt in my head. 
The only slight disappointment was building out the sink and icebox side as the icebox to the hulls shape, once insulated is now tiddly but i have an idea to commandeer part of the port side cockpit locker by framing it up and insulating to make an aux store (see booze locker). With the next bit of free time i'll start building out the starboard side. Cheers.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Well that's that.

So as paid works not starting until mid June i may as well get on with building out the Heads and Hanging locker. Got the bulkheads finally finished how i wanted them & given more protection than a member of the Royal family.

Still they're in after two long days on the roller and hot air gun so its onto cutting and making the floor. I think i'll go the route i did before by encapsulating 2 part foam then sealing with epoxy & boarding over with coated plywood.

I'm liking the fact i have standing headroom with about 70mm above my head in the main saloon so will be able to insulate and put a proper headliner panel in with room to spare. I got the compression post bolted in so that's a weight off my mind as the sapele post had a 6mm curve to it when the metal post was placed up against it. 

For sure the compressive strength parallel to grain is some 8500 PSI so around 4 tons & with a post who's cross sectional area of 9 square inches that's a lot of load bearing. But with the new larger sail plan and no backstay i don't want any drama on the water plus the water tank is half the capacity of the old one so i could spare a little weight up front.

What else? The new epoxy from Easy Composites worked very well although it doesn't like heated rollers. Basically when i heat the area with a hot air gun to aid saturation the roller using Reactives epoxy would stay live for the duration of the lay up as long as you kept wetting it in fresh resin. 

The only fly in the ointment with the new stuff is it sets like a rock on the roller after 30 odd minutes but given the cost saving over Wests i can let that go, it even smells the same as Reactive's resin and wets out a treat so that's a thumbs up from me.