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  • November Newsletter & Winch Servicing Advice

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    Yes it's Movember again, that special month when the handsome, hunky, hairless headed (well some of us) hapless hunks of Storrar Marine and Mo-sisters Claire* and Izzy dedicate their faces to a month of utter hairy happiness in the the growing of facial hair, MO, moustach and sideburns (but not a beard), all in support of the Movember charity. Skinflint Rob has, believe it or not, even gone as far as to buy himself a rather nifty electronic device to help tame and cultivate his growth. If avid readers would like to support us in helping raise money for this worthy cause please go to http://moteam.co/storrar-morine-chandlery

    *Last year Claire helped us reach our total of just over £1000 by swimming/running/cycling the equivalent of an Iron Man triathlon. This year rumour has it she is going to undertake a similar challenge, keep looking back at our team page for updates and photos. Izzy, as the new kid on the block, is still undecided, no doubt she will be guided by Ms Green. See last years Mo growing efforts bellow.

    Team Storrar Morine - 2013

    For the first time in many years the North East has been blessed with unseasonably good weather. Perhaps the 'God' that controls the climate read my earlier ramblings (spring issue no 53) on sea frets and took it upon himself to prove me wrong. Mind you, whilst sea frets have been in their absence, it has been the hurricanes that have been affecting me! In August I fulfilled a long standing agreement that I would (with the help of two old friends and experienced sailors I hasten to add) sail a Mystery 35 from Newcastle to Helgoland and then, after a quick stopover, up to Cuxhaven and through the Kiel canal to the Baltic. Yes you have guessed it, we were chased into Helgoland by the remnants of Hurricane Bertha! 

    More recently, Hurricane Gonzalo upset my work schedule. My cunning plan was to fly from Newcastle to Belfast, pick up a hire car drive to a large National Trust property near Portaferry Northern Ireland; take an exact pattern of a 16 sided glass cupola then scurry back to our sail loft and get the girls to make up a mesh cover which, when secured in place, would act as a UV filter to help protect a priceless painting which is hung almost directly below on a wall. The cupola is approx 100 feet up on the roof of the property, with a sheer drop one side. Studying the forecast on the Monday lunchtime, winds of 80mph were forecast so I decided to bin the trip, much to the joy of the airline and the car hire company, no doubt, who charged a cancellation fee and probably sold the 'seat' to someone else. 

    Writing of strong winds brings me to tell that co director Andy's  defence of the hotly contested St Peters sponsored Tyne Bridge series was a little slow in starting, an excess of wind on Sunday the 19th meant that racing had to be postponed to another day. Sadly the current world and national flying 15 champion will not be joining the fleet this year, mark rounding will be a lot less noisy without his dulcet tones floating across the water.

    CHRIS OWEN SAIL DESIGNER
    Trying out the sail in Largs

    Talented sail designer Chris Owen started his sail making career working alongside Alan Bax and I in the North East during the late Seventies. In those days there was no chandlery, rigging or cover making arm to the business, we were purely a racing dinghy sailloft. Chris left for pastures new after some three years however we always kept in touch, and when the original 'Storrar & Bax' partnership split Chris designed the sails that were used by myself to win the 1991 Flying 15 championships. These days its mainly bigger boat sails that we manufacture at our Coast Road premises they are, of course, designed by Chris and lovingly put together by our talented machinists. The image shows a radial mainsail that was built from top of the range Contender fabrics for a Beneteau 46, not only was the sail fast out of the bag but easy to trim. The genoa, once again of a radial design was  built from Contender fabrics.  Kevin, owner and skipper's comment after I spent the day helping him get the best out of them was, 'I didn't realise how far one should pull sails in'. Our sailloft 'sideline', which is technical industrial sewing, has seen some interesting projects leave the loft this year, fabric sling shots for a prototype children's game, hundreds of airbag covers for an iconic UK based sports car manufacturer, heavy duty battery straps for handling aircraft batteries and numerous Gazebo covers of various shapes and sizes.

    THE END OF THE SEASON

    Last month we sent out our Laying Up 2014 email followed by our Engine Winterisation article, both positively received. In case you missed them here are the blog links:

    Laying Up 2014 - 

    www.marinechandlery.com/blog/2014/laying-up-winter/

    Engine Winterisation -

    www.marinechandlery.com/blog/2014/winterising-your-engine/

    For those of you who are a little green (me included) when it comes to servicing our winches we thought it would make good sense to reproduce the excellent article that Geordie boy Mark Gardner of Harken UK wrote for us some years ago. Its been written for those of you that have Harken Winches, however if your yacht is fitted with say Lewmar, Andersen or Antal the basic principles are the same. Winch servicing can make your job easier and safer, and your boat faster. 

    1.  Salt water will find its way into winches where it degrades the grease and can corrode the structure of the winch. A properly lubricated winch will drain freely. A blast of fresh water into the winches whenever you are washing the boat down will minimise any salt build up. 

    2.  A complete overhaul of a winch involves a complete strip down to the component parts, a thorough clean and de-grease, inspection, re-lubrication and re-assembly. Cleaning and degreasing is best done in a bucket of commercially available de-greaser. Use a small stiff brush to remove all of the old grease and oil. Be careful of plastic parts degrading in the de-greaser. 

    3.  A very important stage of cleaning is to flush the winch parts in hot water to remove any trace of solvent as this will degrade the grease you are about to put on. 

    4.  Inspect the winch thoroughly, paying particular attention to the pawls and springs. Replace any pawls or springs that are not working perfectly. These parts stop the winch going backwards and are very important! Lubricate with light oil such as Harken Pawl Oil (BK4521) DO NOT USE GREASE OR TEFLON SPRAY as this will make the pawls stick.

    5.  To re-assemble the winch in the correct way, check the pawl gears are fitted correctly. Use the exploded views (available on the Harken Web Site) to make sure you are correct. 

    6.  Re-lubricate the winch with Harken Winch Grease (BK4513) on all gear teeth, stainless roller bearings, and any other metal-to-metal wear surfaces. Brush the grease on with a small brush and work it into all of the gear teeth.

    NB: Remember the ring gear inside the drum. A winch without sufficient lubrication will wear out much faster and will lose efficiency. The risk of mechanical failure will also be higher. 

    7.  Use some anti-seize such as Tef-Gel on the fasteners to prevent any corrosion and allow easy removal for the next service. A well maintained winch is easy to service as it comes apart easily, is easy to clean, and is less likely to have any problems. 

    For more information and to download copies of the winch service manuals visit: www.harken.co.uk/article.aspx?id=18795

    After all that work perhaps you should consider investing in some protective winch covers. Avalible in a number of sizes off the shelf or we make up here in our sail loft to the colour of your choice. For more information call us on 0191 2661037 or email sailloft@storrarmarine.co.uk

    WHAT'S GOOD IN A TUBE?
    Boeshield T9

    Well not quite a tube but in an aerosol can, Boeshield T9 is a great product that we use ourselves all the time. Developed by the Boeing company for the protection and lubrication of aircraft components, it's a combination of solvents, lubricants and waxes. It dries to a thin waxy film that clings to metals for months. It will loosen rusty and corroded parts and is safe to use on paints, plastics and vinyl. Boeshield is of course perfect for spraying onto and protecting switch panels in hostile environments... like boats! Today, believe it or not, young Claire sold a couple of cans of the stuff to a customer with a beach 'shack' on a Caribbean Island with a large chandelier that needs constant attention to stop it going rusty, so she is going to give it the Boeshield treatment! I did offer to do the spraying myself, alas to no avail.

    DEAR AUNTY FOULING
    Strong Stainless Steel Pegs

    Dear Auntie Fouling,

    On a long cruise even with my dirty habits I can still go through a fair amount of clothes, especially grunties. My partner (she of considerably higher hygiene standards than me) loads more. Washing smalls is no problem, however, the trouble is that up to now all the plastic clothes pegs that I take along snap within three weeks due to u/v degradation. Wooden pegs, if you're lucky, last five minutes before breaking or, in the first puff of wind they disappear, along with her knickers, as the springs are not powerful enough. Those that manage to remain attached end up leaving a rust mark on the fabric! Next year's cruise looks to be in jeopardy unless I can come up with a solution, and NO I am not taking his and hers paper underwear! Best, Simon Skids.

    Dear Simon Skids,

    I wholeheartedly agree with your partner's pantie predicament, I had the same problem until I told, in confidence, that nice, good looking very very elderly co-proprietor of Storrar Marine, that to my shock and horror 'I had been forced to go commando for the last week of this year's summer cruise'. To my surprise he immediately whipped out from under the counter an extremely large... box of very strong stainless steel pegs! The perfect answer to those who have seen their smalls fly off the guard rail. Auntie Fouling

     

     

  • It's just like Christmas with Seabung

    P1050798 Opening our first box of Seabungs reminded me of Christmas's past. The great anticipation as the parcel's opened and the joy of getting the perfect present. Seabung, we think, will be on everyone's wish list this season and as for Christmas in an awful lot of sailors stockings. We anticipate great demand from powerboaters, coastal cruisers, round the can racers and those guys seeking 'blue water adventure'. The first shipment is almost sold out with Seabungs now winging their way across to the States, Eire, Norway and France as well as Scotland, Wales and of course England, please note there is no need to panic as another consignment is on its way!

  • 1. Top Tips Tuesday - Pre-season Anode Checks

    1.  Tuesdays Top Tip: "Pre-Season Anode Checks".

    In hull Anode?!

    MG Duff helped us put it all together however the accompanying image (above) of an anode installed INSIDE a hull (now I’ve seen it all) that came from a different source!

    • Check you are using genuine MGDuff anodes

    • Check for any sign of corrosion to propellers, shafts, sterndrives and other hull fittings.

    • Check that your anodes will last for the duration of the forthcoming season. Renew if more than 50% wasted.

    • Check that the surfaces of your anodes are free of paint and chalky corrosion deposits.

    • Check that your anodes are securely fastened, the fixing bolts, nuts and washers are tight.

    • Check all internal bonding to ensure that the connections are clean and the cable is clipped up where necessary. If you have an MGDuff Electro Eliminator check that the springs are sound and it is positioned so the brushes are in contact with the shaft.

    • Check that you are fitting the correct anode material for the waters you are in i.e. Salt Water = Zinc or Aluminium; Fresh Water = Magnesium.

    • When fitting a new anode you should also replace the serrated fan disc washers under the nuts and change the backing sheet on wood and GRP hulls. Exposed fixing studs, nuts and washers should be well greased or painted after assembly.

    • For further information visit MGDuff’s website: www.mgduff.co.uk

     

     

     

     

     

  • ALL IS LOST, maybe not if he had been carrying an EPIRB!

    Picture 25Watching films when you know a little about the subject (whether you guys agree with that statement is another matter) does not mean you will enjoy it! The other night Jenny and I went to see ‘All IS LOST’ the new Robert Redford film for which he has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, in it he plays a lone sailor who’s yacht hits a steel container on a very calm Indian Ocean in virtually no wind. The yacht is holed, eventually sinks and Redford takes to the liferaft, I appreciate there has to be drama however surely he should have been carrying at the very least an EPIRB that gets smashed as the boat hits the container, his hand held VHF could have been washed  out of his grip and if he is repairing a hole in the topsides of his yacht maybe he should have considered working from the waterline upwards, I could go on and on but will only get crosser! Methinks also if he had invested in a Storm Bag from www.marinechandlery.com he could have spent less time on the foredeck as he wasn’t wearing a lifejacket nor clipped onto a safety line, as for American liferafts, only two red pinpoint and two red para?!

    This week we are off to see the ‘The Railway Man’, starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman & Jeremy Irvine in Eric Lomax true story, fortunately I have never been an anorak, so no problem!

     

     

  • Dimbleby Deserves a Rocket... No lifejacket crutch straps fitted!?

    David_Dimbleby_2735949bSat down on Sunday night after the MO activities at the St Peters winter series on the Tyne to watch ‘Britain and the Sea’ presented by veteran presenter David Dimbleby in which he ‘explores Britain’s maritime culture’ in the first of a four part series on BBC One. David was sailing his gaffer ROCKET which is a Heard 28 design, during his first voyage he is helped by the ‘paid hand’ who helps look after and maintain the boat and Josh and Eliza. One hopes in the next episode that David and the crew will have all fitted to their lifejackets crutch straps as lifejackets are in my opinion almost a waste of space unless the strap is worn and that at the least he will be taking on board some Boarding Ring glasses or a seasickness and travel sickness Relief Band for poor old Josh and Eliza!

  • A Nice Glow...

    A nice glow radiated from the RNYC's bonfire last week, topping the fire was a guy designed and lovingly created by an extremely talented 'person' (was going to say guy, get it?) Mike Swann. He was the winner of the competition to design and build the poor creature in a competition sponsored by our goodselves and Taffy Thomas of Seago, Mike is now the proud owner of a superb pair of Seago binoculars, incidentally these binocs are great value for money, feature a range finder, compass and a magnification of 7 x 50 & dare I say they would make a brilliant Chrissie present!

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  • Allo allo allo...

    We had this cute looking police dog in the shop yesterday afternoon and is pictured here after being fitted up with the correct size Crewsaver Petfloat. Tyne is one of three fox red labradors trained by Northumbria Police Dogs Unit for 'Body and Blood' location. Their job involves a variety of tasks such as, locating blood droplets and residue at crime scenes where evidence may be difficult to see or may have been wiped away. These three dogs are often in and on the water during exercises and even though they are great swimmers they can be working in hazardous conditions, fast flowing tides, surf etc (hence the 'lifejacket'). From what we gather, their senses are acutely trained to enable them to search for bodies under the surface of the water. Not just a pretty face! The Crewsaver Petfloat is suitable for most breeds of dogs and cats, is easily adjusted and quick to fit. It comes with integral dual lifting handles and ring for lead or tether attachment. Sizes run from x/small to x/large.

     

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  • In Stock and Dated 12/2017...

    IN STOCK AND DATED 12/2017

    Yes folks we now have in stock the NEW BATCH of Inshore and Coastal flare packs all dated December 2017, Offshore packs to follow shortly. As publicised earlier this year we are now in a position to take in your old time expired flares (we reserve the right to draw the line at unstable ones) at no cost if replacing like for like. On a slightly different tack the Odeo laser flares have been slowly gaining acceptance, at over £120-00 they are a lot more expensive than a single hand flare, however they have a 14 year battery shelf life and give you five hours continuous use, the equivalent to firing of 600 hand flares! Remember of course that a VHF be it hand held or fixed is a much better method of advising of a potential problem, fire a flare off and you will get a visit from the lifeboat or helicopter, use your VHF for a pan pan call, it alerts but does not set alarm bells ringing!

  • Great Performance,Great Value...

    In the recent Practical Boat Owner test, Barton's size three block wins test comparison! Proven to have the lowest frictional resistance in both plain bearing and ball bearing, great performance and of course great value. Check out the competition, Harken, Lewmar, Ronstan and Selden.

  • Demob Happy!

    Yes the days are ticking away and i've only two left until Jenny and I  jet off down to Greece to spend quality time sailing round the Isles. My leopard skin thong has been packed along with prezzies for the skipper and first mate. Now is the time for last minute checks ... What have I forgotten?  Foul weather gear; according to a prophet of doom who was in the chandlery a couple of minutes ago who happens to be flying out tomorrow and sailing down the East Coast, storms and lightning are forecast! I think I should take a copy of the classic, Heavy Weather Sailing by Peter Bruce or Tom Cuncliffes Heavy Weather Cruising. Having said that Storm Tactics by Lin & Larry Pardey or maybe I'll take the iPad that we won from International Paints 'Star Stockist' competition and keep up to date with Yachting Worlds E-Serise featuring Skip Novak and his storm sailing techniques. The first two can be seen below...

    Hang on a minute, i've just checked the Imray G1 chart, Phew... we are going to the West Coast, maybe pack another thong?

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