Recent content by xiphion1209

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    hull paint - colour

    Hi I painted my vega oxford blue a few years ago. She looks excellent, many people thinking its been sprayed / its the gel coat colour, however, during the summer it can get a little warm down there, and thats in a UK climate. Once the suns gone in she cools quite quickly, so its never...
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    oil for 'stern gland'

    Hi Trevor When I bought Xiphion 1209 she had the petrol with combi system. The engine would stop every 20 mins so organised to replace with a yanmar 2gm (Bit big but managed to get on the cheap Yes it does fit just) Prior to replacing the engine I fixed the petrol problem by replacing the...
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    Yanmar 2GM engine

    Hi All Ive fitted the 2gm into my series 1. VERY tight but it does work and pushes the boat along very well. If you drive her hard then she uses a fair amount of fuel, but like anything, ease back and she is very economic, plus sits at 5kts with no probs. 7 kts max. I had to grind...
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    Fuel Usage for Albin Vega equiped with diesel

    I have a Yanmar 2GM with a 14 x 11 prop - Bit over powered but: Full power at 7knts it uses 1.7 litres per hour Cruising at 5 kts circa 2000 rpm it uses about .75 litre per hour We cruise most of the time at 5 - 6 kts with ease. Recently came from Alderney back to the needles...
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    Yanmar Beta debate

    Hi I have a Yanmar 2GM - Raw water cooled - Should be same as yours without fresh water cooling. Think mine is circa 18hp, are you sure your\'s is only 13hp? From memory: Gear box is 2.21 revs of engine for 1 rev of shaft I have a right handed 14 by 11 3 bladed prop that pushes her along...
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    heads and chain pipe

    Hi John I did a similar thing 2 years ago, fitting a complete new head. The head was almost identical, fitting into the existing holes. (I went to buy the service kit, but with a service kit being £40 and a complete new head being £75 I decided to go the whole hog) I fitted using new...
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    When to change standing rigging

    The forestay was only circa 3 years old when the incident happened John. It was the fixed chain plate on the deck that failed. Fair winds Tim Tim Buckley Shipshape Services Ltd. Tel: 023 92 324 500 Fax: 023 92 324 550 Mobile: 07866 622466...
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    When to change standing rigging

    I have lost the forestay on my vega circa 4 years ago. It went with an almightily bang, causing further damage to stanchion posts, mast, sails etc. The weak link on my boat was the stem head fitting that the forestay attached to. I have now learnt this is an inherent problem on the...
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    Albin Vega Wanted

    Hi all I have a yanmar 2gm fitted to my boat (series 1) She runs fine, just came back from St Vaast to Portsmouth last weekend - Motored the whole way into a nasty chop head sea - Engine didn't mis a beat - 14 hrs door to door - Average 5.7 kts - We sailed the whole way there, not touching...
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    Vega for Sale

    Sorry, have to disagree with Brett. Definite safety issue removing the lower line. I have seen with my own eyes a mum slip between deck and top line as they only had one line fitted in Portsmouth harbour whilst racing. - Flat water but quite windy. Under RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club -...
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    crack in the forward chainplate

    I lost mine as well - Same way. I was also aware of the problem as had heard of Steve's fate, so checked each trip. No sign of it going, but close hauled with 2 reefs and small genny in circa F6 during Round the Island Race. Made hell of a bang and caused a lot of damage. Suggest...
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    oil for 'stern gland'

    Hi John I have the same system with the oil reservoir inside the cockpit locker with a pipe down to the gland and just use cheap supermarket oil, having the container in the locker to top up before long trips. Obviously do not use this oil in the engine! I find with mine it needs...
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    Fuel Usage for Albin Vega equiped with diesel

    Are you talking the Bank Holiday Weekend? Might be able to meet Fri night, but have commitments Sat afternoon so would have to leave at lunch. Will call you Tim PS - Word of advice for anyone fitting a new mast to a VEGA. Fill the hole that the wires go through. I didn't and...
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    New Awlgrip issue

    Thanks for the comments RTIR - Not enough wind and the tide turned early - Had to retire. Can't believe that a Contessa 26 won it again, out of 1,700 boats. May be next year. We ended up in Newtown Creek and went to the pub by 4pm. Great sail back to Cowes with Kite up, then more...
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    New Awlgrip issue

    I have painted my Vega hull "Xiphion" from white to oxford blue. I used the international "Top Lac" system. This involved sanding back, then 2 coats of the international "under kote" yes spelt like that, then 2 coats of the "Top Lac". You have a choice of under coat colours, I chose dark...