Thursday, 20 June 2013

Outboard mini-tachometer

Continuing on the theme of looking after the outboard motor, I treated the honda to an oil change. I
also brought a mini-tachometer (£13 ebay) that measures the engine RPM, allowing for a better estimation of fuel consumption and also an engine hour counter that allows for monitoring of service intervals.

Fitting the mini-tach couldn't of been easier, the wire coming out of the mini-tach senses the electrical impulses in the spark plug cable, obviously a the spark is consistent with the engine RPM, the wire is wrapped around the spark plug cable 3 times and the mini-tach attached to a convenient point on the motor. I attached it with tape to give it a test run, although i intend to find a more robust fitting solution in the future.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Mr Funnel

If you have had a chance to read Bills log that I spoke about in my previous post. You will know that during his sailing trip most of his problems were a result of  his outboard motor breaking down. Outboard failings are often caused by blocked carburetors due to dirty fuel, therefore it makes sense to filter the fuel before it goes into the outboard. I picked up Mr Funnel fuel filter for £13, it ensures no water/muck enter the outboard tank. Prevention is better than cure.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Burnham to Falmouth in a WWP

Since starting this blog I have always enjoyed reading Bills Log, a fellow small boat sailor with many

years sailing experience. Normally I would just link to a blog I like but he has recently undertaken a very impressive voyage that I think worthy of a separate post.  Very humbly Bill notes his 3 month sail from  Burnham to Falmouth as a "summer cruise", many would argue this is a accurate description of such a journey. However, when you consider it was undertaken in a 14 foot West Wight Potter I prefer to refer to it as a Voyage, one that even the most experienced yachtsman would be proud of in such a small boat. Furthermore,  Bill does not do this for publicity, charity or bragging rights but purely because of the joy of sailing.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Voyager 14 for teaching sailing

Yesterday I taught a friend the basic principles of sailing, as a senior dinghy sailing instructor it was interesting to see how a beginner coped with sailing the boat.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Sailing on the River Nene

Since preparing Quest to go out on the river I have been out on the Nene 4 times, this post summarizes my experiences!