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  1. #1
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    Cool Old Engines talk (or sing!) to you...

    Last Saturday, I met up with a mate to have a go at sailing his "new" Sadler 26. The boat is fantastic, and sails beautifully. But this is not about the boat.

    When we got to starting the engine, there was a bit of trepidation (months of sitting there in the cold). The batteries and the starter motor did their job, and they set the old Volvo turning. The minutes passed (seemed like ages -nailbiting), but the sound of the motor turning slowly changed, probably as the oil got to lubricate all the right bits. The old diesel was waking, slowing altering its tune, until ...

    one or two thuds... and then it got going.

    I am not used to old (one cylinder) engines. This one was literally telling us: " a few more turns and I will start"....

    Funny sensation.

    (after that, once warm, it started immediately)
    Last edited by TiggerToo; 08-04-19 at 11:24.

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    Default Re: Old Engines talk (or sing!) to you...

    You certainly need to listen to older engines and feel for the sweet spots, but I am surprised that a Sadler29 should have a single-cylinder motor. My 1987 model had a Volvo 2002 and that was about right. A friend with the slightly smaller Trapper 501 had a 9hp single which was much improved when he fitted a 15.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Old Engines talk (or sing!) to you...

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    You certainly need to listen to older engines and feel for the sweet spots, but I am surprised that a Sadler29 should have a single-cylinder motor. My 1987 model had a Volvo 2002 and that was about right. A friend with the slightly smaller Trapper 501 had a 9hp single which was much improved when he fitted a 15.
    it was a Sadler 26!!!
    (I have edited that now)
    Really lovely little ship

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    Default Re: Old Engines talk (or sing!) to you...

    VP 2002 a lovely wee unit.

    Last sail of the season two summers ago and there was a tiny change on pitch as we left the Exe, in a single bound I was at the bottom of the companionway steps to witness the over temperature light go on! Stopped the engine, undid the inlet hose and wiggled a thin blade down the through hull, cleared the obstruction and off we went.
    Cynical Scottish almost retired engineer.

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    Default Re: Old Engines talk (or sing!) to you...

    Quote Originally Posted by TiggerToo View Post
    it was a Sadler 26!!!
    (I have edited that now)
    Really lovely little ship
    Yes, both good boats, but now your edit makes my post look like the outpourings of an idiot! Maybe not so far from the truth.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Old Engines talk (or sing!) to you...

    Been shown on this site before but it is the exact sound of a one lunger diesel starting

    Monkey patching programmer [retired ]

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    Default Re: Old Engines talk (or sing!) to you...

    Quote Originally Posted by TQA View Post
    Been shown on this site before but it is the exact sound of a one lunger diesel starting

    Seen it before but it still makes me laugh!

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    Default Re: Old Engines talk (or sing!) to you...

    Answers to some technical queries at new website http://coxeng.co.uk

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    Default Re: Old Engines talk (or sing!) to you...

    Old gearboxes whine a lot and then cost you a fortune........

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    Default Re: Old Engines talk (or sing!) to you...

    Quote Originally Posted by capnsensible View Post
    Old gearboxes whine a lot and then cost you a fortune........
    I've not heard them called 'gearboxes' before..

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