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  1. #1
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    Default Vedette gearboxes

    Anyone have any experience? Would be grateful for guidance.

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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Vedette gearboxes

    I'm sure that the 'Vedette' you refer to is the Morris Vedette Petrol Engine and not in fact the gearbox. Perhaps you can get some information from the gearbox itself. It may well be something like a PRM 100 or a Hurth.

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    Default Re: Vedette gearboxes

    With due respect, can I suggest that you ignore the posting in Motor Boat Chat as it unlikely to be the case. The BMC and the Morris Vedette Petrol engine had a their own gearbox and was long before the days when PRM and Hurth came on the market.

    The mechanical gearbox on the Vedette had two adjustments, the first was for the three clutch toggle levers and the second was for the reverse brake band. Basically the first adjustment alters the amount of pressure applied to the multi plate clutch and the second increases the clamping effect of the brake band. If you find that the engien is revving up and the boat slows down then the toggles require to be adjusted, If the boat has no speed astern then it is the brake band.

    One word of advice is to tie a piece of string onto the spanners before working in the gearbox, oily fingers can let spanners slip.

    I still have the manual from my father BMC Vedette circa 1960 and if you would like a copy of the adjustment, please send me a PM with your e mail address or a fax number.

    Regards

    John C


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    Default Re: Vedette gearboxes

    I knew about the engines of course, but hadn't come across the gearbox and couldn't find one when I did a search. Perhaps it was a bit like the Wortham-Blake on my 1963 boat. I have never found any info on these either.
    Glad you could come up with something.

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    Default Re: Vedette gearboxes

    Thanks to John C - I have pm'd as a copy of the manual would be great.

    Regards,

    Richard

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    Default Wortham Blake

    Hi h00 ref your posting where you mention Wortham Blake. I have been rambling round the net aimlessly looking at various engine web pages and came across the Watermota site. It give the following address for Wortham Blake Engines and gearboxes.

    WaterMota Petrol engines, Sea Wolf, Sea Tiger, "J" Type Gearboxes and Wortham Blake engines and transmissions
    Contact
    Andrew Corless at:
    Sheridan Marine, Moulsford,
    Oxford. OX109HU

    Tel: 01491 652085
    Out of hours: 01865 858112
    Fax: 01491 652990.
    Email: info@sheridanmarine.com



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    Default Re: Vedette gearboxes

    I think you will find that they were fitted with Parsons gearboxes.

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    Default Re: Vedette gearboxes

    Hi could you send me a copy of the gearbox manual please rvfysh@yahoo.co.uk

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