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Messages - Gerard Brown

Miscellaneous / Re: Looking for a Brig
April 13, 2023, 08:11:47 PM
We love ours. Sea Jade no.18
As above, loads of space and really easy to handle. Take a look at the video section of the WB website, there is some enlightening material there.
The Hull / Re: Antifouling.
November 14, 2022, 07:12:55 AM
We had Sea Jade Copper coated two years ago. So far it's been great. Yes, all existing materials / covering have to be removed but we took this opportunity to fill in any scratches etc.
There seem to be plenty of yards who'll do this sort of thing on the coast, we went to Southampton, but no one inland was willing to take it on.
I think it's a tough, dirty job but if you're set up for it with a blasting bay etc - then a boat as small as a WB doesn't pose to much of a problem.
The Rig / Free to a good home
September 01, 2022, 04:43:40 PM
We've got a Plastimo reffing / furling spar which we don't need anymore.
It's in Milton Keynes if anyone wants it or, maybe we could rendezvous somewhere mutually convenient.

It's a Plastimo 406 S complete with luff wire and top spacer.

We?re slowly coming round to giving it a go mounted in the well.

Glad you like the video, the Epropulsion is great in terms of power - and we have two batteries - but we want some more range ??
We know what you mean about smelly / dirty lumps in the van.
Thanks David

We?ve got the Epropulsion electric motor which we love but, after two weeks on the West Coast of Scotland we?re thinking of buying a petrol motor as well - to give us the extra range which is built into a can of fuel.
Past experience with engines though hasn?t been good and we?re not keen on travelling with it in the car or want to,lie it down in the cockpit.
We always seemed to be wiping up drips and spills!
The Engine / Trailing with a motor on the transom.
August 19, 2022, 08:59:30 AM
Does anyone trail their WB with an outboard mounted on the transom?
Is the boat strong enough to support 25kg whilst on the road?
The Engine / Re: Electric outboards.
June 05, 2022, 06:35:48 AM
Our motor is the 1kw Evo Plus. It?s very torquey and will push us along at 4.5 knots for 75 mins but at 1/3 power we?ve had more than 9nm from one battery across Falmouth Bay. With planning and care the range from two batteries is sufficient. Our petrol outboards were quite idiosyncratic to say the least. We know the electric motor will start first time every time.
The Hull / Re: Lee board refurbishment
March 28, 2022, 04:36:03 PM
The plywood base for the V berth was unscrewed which gave just about enough room to get a multitool / angle grinder type thing in to remove the shoulders of the pin supports. Then the pins were just tapped out.
The Engine / Re: outboard dimensions
March 15, 2022, 02:27:41 PM
We've had a 6hp tohatsu in the outboard well and it fitted with around 5mm to spare.
I think ours was the standard shaft but, the height of your transom is the key thing. We lowered ours and from what I've seen, not all of them are set at the same height anymore.
The Tohatsu was perfect in many ways but we swapped it for an Epropulsion which is also a great solution.
We've got some video of it on Youtube.
The Hull / Lee board refurbishment
January 28, 2022, 10:37:43 AM
Amongst some other tidying up and improvements scheduled for this winter, we?re having our lee boards serviced by Jackson Composites in Leicestershire.

These are some pictures and a description of the process.

Pete extracted the pins without cutting into the moulding by going in through the V berth and then grinding away the shoulders of the lee board casing which held the pin itself

The pins were very corroded at the point where they were glassed into the hull, but not where the met the lee board itself. Maybe this was a reaction to three decades of a resin / saltwater mix.
New stainless steel pins will be fitted and should give another thirty years of service.

The hole in the lee board though was huge in relation to the pin and it will need a lot of rebuilding and reinforcing before the board is refitted. It was not however an elongated hole which you might have expected after the decades of wear and use.
Miscellaneous / Re: Year built?
October 27, 2021, 07:17:27 PM
Thanks Dave.

That?s really kind of you.

Where do you get this information from?

WB facts seem hard to come by.

Best wishes

Miscellaneous / Re: Sea Jade
October 21, 2021, 11:59:27 AM
Glad you enjoyed them. We do it for fun, have you seen the latest one from Cornwall?
Miscellaneous / Re: Year built?
October 21, 2021, 11:58:34 AM
Just wondered you had any info' regarding WB18, Sea Jade. We were told she was built in either 1983 or 1993, what do you think?

Here's hoping.
Miscellaneous / Re: YouTube
October 21, 2021, 11:56:51 AM
Yes, we saw both WB's on their moorings. Very impressed with the standard of finish.

Glad you enjoy our videos and yes, I'll do some digging around the dates.
Miscellaneous / Re: YouTube
October 19, 2021, 04:35:03 PM
We've got number 18, Sea Jade. We'd like to know when she was built. We were told that she dates from 1993 but, given this info' it seems unlikely. Is there a register / timeline anywhere?