Westerly Centaur – Gemini.

Holbrook – Hamford Water – Ore/Alde

First trip of the year!

Shotley Point Yacht Club (SPYC) Laying Up Supper

Great day followed, by a craking sail in ideal conditions on the the Sunday!

Drying Out At Shotley SC Beach


Tide Times

Saturday 12th October – Springs +3

1150 – HT
1250 – Grounded
1450 – Dry

2320 – Approx – Re-floated
0020 – HT


  1. Next time try adjacent to the posts, one boat length away, see GPS coordinates.
  2. Next time if too dark to travel further pick up a mooring buoy as quite confined.
  3. Next time try drying out for shorter period
  4. There was a tap on the beach that could be used for a pressure washer?

September 2019 – Lift In

Non-piling anchor chain solution

New Gas Locker

Boat Handling In Tight Places

Great day with Yachtmaster Examiner/Instructor Mark Lewis, who is based on the Orwell River, and Principal Instructor at Shearwater Sailing School.

My notes for future reference, diagrams by Mark:

Boat-Handling-In-Tight-Spaces – PDF Document including diagrams

New Fuel Tank

Relocating Control Panel and Morse

Here are some pics:


MD2020 impeller sizes

On the left is the larger Johnsom pump impeller, on the right is the earlier Jabsco.

Project – Holding tank

Boom/Gooseneck and Old Handle Sail Track

Removing the Volvo MD2B Engine From A Westerly Centaur

Photos taken when removing the Volvo Penta MD2B from Gemini:


Next time I would wrap the engine in an old duvet to further protect the woodwork.

Gemini’s Current Sprayhood And Dodgers

Personal Locator Beacon

Just in case the worst comes to the worst:


Raw Water Strainer

The raw water strainer has always been located under the port quarter berth, which has been an irritation. It is now located next to the engine! Plus, an ‘L’ valve so that the water can be pumped from another location if required

Chart Holder

Here is a pic of the chart holder:


Made in teak ordered from www.kjhowells.com

Just need to add a lip to the bottom, and a pencil holder!

Exhaust Temperature Alarm

Another project completed!

Last year the water pump had an intermittent fault causing the engine to overheat.

As well a replacing the pump, a new exhaust temperature alarm has been fitted.

Any further failures at least we will have an early warning.

Connecting VHF and GPS

Connect the GPS128’s blue wire to the Icom’s central core. Connect the Icom’s outer core to the Garmin’s ground (black wire). You’ll need to check that the Garmin is set up to output NMEA (look at the Interface page and set it for either NMEA/NMEA or None/NMEA.

Garmin 128

Need to check this is set to outpu NMEA, by default it is set to Garmin





YBW Thread:




Centre cleats for a Centaur

I am looking at fitting centre cleats on Gemini, and cleats such as these are just way to expensive:

So I am looking in to geeting some bespoke cleats made ot of 316 grade stainless steel, her is what I have so far:





The idea is that these will just drop over the toerail and be secured with sikaflex and 3 bolts.

Here is the finished article:



This is the genius bespoke stainless steel fabricator that made them.

Now fitted on to Gemini: