Westerly Centaur – Gemini.


Boom/Gooseneck and Old Handle Sail Track

The Head Is Off

MD2020B with the head removed


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.

Continuing Oil Leak Woes

Plate between block and timing gear housing leaks when engine cranked:

But, not when the raw water pump rear cover is removed:

It looks like the leak is only there when the system is pressurised,and the oil seems to come, not from the rear of the pump cover but from between the engine block and the front plate.

The parts explosion:



It looks like there are 2 missing bolts securing the plate to the block.

(Jan 2018 – NB. I think back in 2016 I purchassed and fitted these 2 bolts and that cured the leak. Now the engine has been rebuilt the leak is back. Is it possible that when it was rebuilt these 2 bolts have been again left off again? It would be relatively easy to put all the outside bolts in and miss these 2 inner ones?)

This picture show a new plate being held up in front of the gears of the gears just to give an idea of what is behind:



Gemini’s Current Sprayhood And Dodgers

Gemini’s Current Mast Fixings

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!


New jacklines fitted:

Even used seizing wire!!

To go with the 2 new safety lines – no excuse for falling overboard now!!


New fire extinguishers fitted

Just fitted 2 x PFE-1 portable aerosol fire extinguishers, 1 in the cabin, the other in the companion way:


The world’s most versatile and compact Fire Extinguisher.

• The only type of extinguisher suitable for both Liquid fuel and Electrical fires.
• COMPACT – 70-80 Smaller than Conventional Extinguishers
• NON-TOXIC – Human Safety Guaranteed
• CLEAN AGENT – Environmentally Safe
• NON PRESSURISED – Zero Maintenance
• NO RESIDUE – Avoid Costly Damaging Clean Up
• NON HARMFUL – Safe for Engines, Transformers, Electrical, Mechanical & Electronics
• 3* to 7 YEAR GUARANTEE – Reliable & Very Effective
(*3-4 years current stock, 5 years marine/harsh environment, 7 years domestic environment)

New Fuse Panels

The old panel only had 6 fuses and was very corroded. New ‘blade fuse’ fitted with more space and 110% more reliable.


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.


Attempting to replace the existing anode:

Anode on hull, turning the nut also turns the stud!


Stud inside with earth:


Other stud:


Both studs:


240v Shorepower/Inverter Switch & RCD

Another project:


Solar panels, charger, monitor and Smartguage

Another projectc completed, 1 x 40 watts & 2 x 20 watts permanently connected with an additional 100w to plugin at anchor.


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:

Rig inspection time

Glen inspecting the rigging and replacing bulbs

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