TIPS AND USEFUL INFORMATION
Len Hiley has a Hurley 27 and has sent us some useful links about self-steering gear:
The link to my self steering video tutorial is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnkDsDWl8zQ This was on a Robert Tucker T23+ with bilge keels and I am sure the methods would work on the Hurleys as well. Headsail sheet tension on the H27 could be an issue and I have a few ideas to try out next year. The course to steer video is a joke if you can watch it to the end, though there are some good teaching points raised along the way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka0vaihh8yo
My own blog post
on my experience with vane-less steering is here: https://adventuresofscallywag.wordpress.com/2012/01/
I have learnt a lot about the methods since writing that and a more
informed update will come in due course, hopefully after a longish
voyage in Emu has demonstrated that the methods work as well or better
on a H27.
Having used several of the expensive varnishes and found they all dont last unless you can put on lots of coats, which isnt possible with time and weather. I also found Epiphanies seems to go off over winter into a jelly, even with using the correct thinners. After much research I found Rustins yacht varnish which is reasonably priced but contains the magic ingreadient of Tung oil. I buy a litre for a good price on ebay and you can thin it with ordinary white spirit. It also doesnt seem to go off. Stuart Shaw.
Tim Sharman writes.....two seasons ago Ian Sinclair and I attended a talk at Dell Quay SC by Bill Mitchell of Home Marine, Emsworth. What Bill does not know about outboards doesn't exist! I switched my annual service to him and have been delighted with it. His advice on fuel;
In June 2023 a Hurley 24 called Friponne lost its mast in a F5. This was a boat that was well used to the conditions and cruised regularly between North Wales and Scotland. I asked Nick Vass, our technical expert, to see if he had an opinion on the matter and this is reproduced below.
Hurley 22 Chainplates
Following on from the publication of the above article we were pleased to receive the attached contribution from Erik Braun. Fitting new chainplates to my H22