Some­one to watch over you

Motorboat & Yachting - - Yourmby - NEWTECH BOAT MAS­TER

One of my col­leagues at the Na­tional Coast­watch In­sti­tu­tion has brought to my no­tice an er­ror in your re­cent ar­ti­cle about ra­dio checks [‘Tak­ing a Bear­ing’, MBY Aug 2017].

Whilst most of us would agree that So­lent Coast­guard of­ten have more press­ing is­sues on their hands than the need to an­swer dozens of calls from well-mean­ing yachts­men re­quest­ing ra­dio checks, it would have given more cre­dence to your story if you had used an ap­pro­pri­ate pho­to­graph.

The pic­ture you ac­tu­ally used showed a vol­un­teer watch­keeper with the Na­tional Coast­watch In­sti­tu­tion on duty at one of our many look­out sta­tions around Eng­land and Wales.

As it hap­pens, Na­tional Coast­watch have re­cently been awarded their own ex­clu­sive Marine VHF Ra­dio Frequency – Chan­nel 65 – so yachts­men can now ob­tain up-to-the-minute re­ports of lo­cal weather con­di­tions and other vi­tal in­for­ma­tion from nearby NCI sta­tions by ra­dio.

In ad­di­tion, boat own­ers and skip­pers are also be­ing ac­tively en­cour­aged by HM Coast­guard to call their lo­cal Na­tional Coast­watch Sta­tion on Chan­nel 65 for a ra­dio check in­stead of call­ing the Coast­guard. This not only al­lows the

Hg2016 asks Has any­one done a petrol to diesel con­ver­sion on a 7.5/ 8m sportscruiser be­fore? Is it a tough job if at all pos­si­ble?

CX54WEK says It will prob­a­bly be cheaper and less has­sle to sell the petrol boat and buy a diesel vari­ant.

Hg2016 says That wasn’t the ques­tion. I re­alise that it would be cheaper, I just wanted to know if any­body has suc­cess­fully at­tempted it.

Elessar says Yes – more dif­fi­cult than you can imag­ine. If you like a project then it’s fun. If you want to save money, for­get it. If you do do it, make sure your donor en­gine and drive comes with ab­so­lutely every­thing you need. Brack­ets or bits of ex­haust rack up many thou­sands very eas­ily.

Pete7 says Not sure if diesel con­ver­sion is worth it, but given the low run­ning costs of big mod­ern out­boards, they may be a bet­ter choice.

An­dromeda9866 says I did the same a few years ago on a Fair­line Hol­i­day. I took out a V8 petrol and re­placed it with a KAD32. It made a very nice boat but money wise, it near enough broke me. Blue­tooth says I did it about ten years ago on a Fair­line Sprint. It cost about £4k for a sec­ond­hand Yamaha en­gine, £2k for tran­som al­ter­ation, £4k for an en­gi­neer and ma­te­ri­als etc. Whilst my con­ver­sion was good to use for five years, it was not worth it on reflection as I lost it all on re­sale, although sale was very easy. The petrol en­gine was pretty shot when bought; the boat was cheap though, so the plan made sense. My ad­vice – buy a work­ing diesel boat.

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