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A Q&A Session with Kate & Dan on Another Way of Life

Well, it actually all began as Kate and I had a one-way ticket to Europe booked on the day that the first lockdown came into action. As it was something we had been looking forward to for some time, we were devastated! This then led to many months stuck in the house and probably too much time spent on the laptop watching videos (there was only so much yoga and inside jogging we could do!)

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Fuel Usage for a H28

Like many H28 owners we enjoy our cruising with a mix of using sail-power and engine power. Sailing when the breezes are favorable and motoring with that iron spinnaker when the conditions are 'agin' us. During our summer cruising we can be out for 2 to 3 weeks,...

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Self Steering

The H28 with her long keel, is a particularly stable vessel and easy on the Helmsman. She will even steer herself for short periods while the solo helmsman attends to sail trim. But, as any long distance sailor will tell you, the pointless drudgery of long hours at...

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A Trim Tab for Centesimal

I was in Suva in 1980 and noticed a nice little H28 from Whangarei sitting in the cockpit was the owner and creator of a very clever trim tab rubber system. Some weeks later we sailed up the coast in tandem and I noticed then how well she sailed and the wind vane was...

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A H28 Engine Transplant

Many early Compass H28 yachts were fitted with 10 hp engines although some later launched yachts had 20 hp power-packs. Bukh engines were a common choice as was the case with our H28, Sandbourne, when launched in 1985. At 20 plus years down the...

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Solving a Propeller Noise Problem

Two years ago we replaced the Bukh DV20 engine on our H28 with a Yanmar 3MY20 engine. The old Bukh was rated 20hp @ 3000 rpm and the new Yanmar was rated 22hp @ 3600 rpm. During the commissioning sea-trials a very noisy rattle was evident at engine speeds above 2100...

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Holding Tanks – Sandbourne

My approach was; Find a holding tank shape that fitted the space available under one of the forward berths … as well as a suitable diaphram-type pump for the location I had in mind. Fit the necessary pipe connections into the holding tank then fit the holding tank...

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Coastal Preperations for Nightshift

Bear in mind we are sailors of only moderate experience, 5 years ago neither of us had sailed a yacht. The preparation of Nightshift for coastal cruising is similar to preparing the yacht to be Category 1 for cruising offshore. Many of the things done to Nightshift...

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