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  1. Yes, it's a good copy or v/v, says CEL on it, guess that stands for Chatfield Engineering LTD. Anyway, it's off, and the new one in. Glad Chatfields is still going, they're a good bunch.
  2. Can't answer your question, but.. would be worth a call the harbourmaster. They would be clearly in breach of the local maritime laws if they were discharging this close to land. It's time it buggered off anyway.
  3. Thanks guys - its off, holesaw three quarters of the way and then a sledgehammer did the rest. A couple of marine ply discs will fill it. Everything was epoxied in and hidden. There was not outer flange, they had simply set the bolts in epoxy a la West System.
  4. Hah! You're a hard case! The diameter of the outside flange is nearly 4 inches, 95mm, so I'll try to keep it smaller if I can. It's less to fill and then put a new hull fitting in. Although,in the end I might have to go big.
  5. Thanks - that'll work, but only once I have managed to remove the coach bolts and the outside flange. Then, as you say, bung and hole saw makes it easy.
  6. Hopefully someone has done this before.... The bronze seacock on my Lotus is now 35 years old and is starting to show signs of dezincing- patches of pink and the internal cone is badly pitted. I don't trust it anymore. I've looked up the diagram of how it is put together and the outer flange is held by coachbolts through the hull to the inner flange. it is of course put neatly away in a cupboard under the sink in the toilet, and therefore there is no room to swing a hammer and drift. The tube that goes through the hull may even have been epoxied in place for all I know.. see pic. I r
  7. It made me think about other tragedies when people have got trapped under an upturned boat, and were unable to get out because of their lifejackets. I wonder if we should have a quick release on lifejackets. I know that I would not be able to get out of my lifejacket in a hurry.
  8. I thought that the responsibility for Auckland Harbour moorings/ Auckland Harbourmaster etc had been changed and transferred to Auckland Transport. Is that still the case? If it is, then I guess Auckland Transport is a CCO, and that means there is no control by council effectively. Just curious in case I need to know who to contact?
  9. The trouble with our old friend Rudolf, is that his "repairs" are not good ones, and you would have to do them all again. I have personally seen some of his "major" repairs to a boat which I once owned - an insurance job, and it was done to hide the damage, not fix it. The D28 you mentioned sounds quite a good one with plenty of goodies, and I totally agree with the advice above - better spend a bit more and go sailing, or spend a year and lots of money bringing a project boat up to scratch.
  10. Pretty major stuff, but what a great idea. You CAN have a stern hung rudder AND a walk through transom. Well done
  11. Lotus 9.2 called Tumbleweed. You'll need a ladder, and I'm down there most days to get it out for you. Let me know. Cheers
  12. Not at the moment, but if it is any use, You can use the measurements off mine to construct one. It's on the hard at Devonport.
  13. Pix of the spring, one each side.
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