I’m falling behind! No progress update since January – sorry.
We have been working hard to get her ready for re-entering the water… This winter’s workslist has turned into quite a major refit.
The list below shows the work we are undertaking, and all is completed except installing the engine and the work on mast and rigging.
- Varnish anchor chocks
- Varnish side decks and tiller
- Fill & re-paint the various dings & dents in paint work
- Check / remake lower rudder pintle
- Re-coat antifoul
- Adjust masthead block locations
- Inspect/fix paint bubbles at waterline
- Complete inspection and maintenance of engine
Engine & Boiler
- Remove Worthing Simpson duplex circulating pump.
- Fit new Jabsco circulating pump.
- Fit Alfa-Laval plate condenser.
- Calibrate Vac gauge.
- Make new LP Valve to fix timing.
- Remake HP valve to fix timing and cure leaks.
- Reset eccentrics, to fix timing.
- Cross-head re-fit to correct clearances.
- Re-furbish feed-pump seals & slow gearing.
- Replace & improve scotch-crank pump drive.
- Improve & tidy feed-pump plumbing.
- Replace boiler clacks. (inspect and paint boiler drum internals).
- Inspect and refit Air Pump piston & seal.
- Install ancillary steam lines & valves for ejector, whistle, re-heater & kettle
- Make improved oil filters for hotwell.
- Add secondary battery and split charge relay
- Install wiring for the circulating pump with fuse and switching from driving position.
- Add electrical noise filter for NASA depth sounder.
Hull & Sail
New bulkhead, plate condenser and circulating pump.
- Install a new bulkhead on starboard side.
- Make & fit Windermere Kettle to condenser brackets.
- Add a Tack Line and cabin rood fixing.
- Tidy Tack Parrel.
- Fit Windex to masthead.
- Adjust ballast towards the stern.
- Fit guard around compass.
- Fit Cam Cleat for sheets.
- Improve sheetlet attachment to battens.
As a last post on the subject of correcting the valve timing on the Leak Compound in Befur (prior to “sea trials” later in the year), here we will look at the results from the static (blowing) valve timing tests, and compare to the results prior to rebuild. But first a video of it running on air with the new timing…
I just updated this post to improve the pictures and ordering to allow simpler comparisons between old and new timing data.
This time we are looking at how to fix the problems with the Leak’s valve gear design. This is now part of our Leak Hints and Tips section on the known errors or problems with Leak design……
As we get to the end of January 2022, the tuning/rebuild/shopping of Befur’s engine continues, once this is complete we can get on with the list of hull and fittings-related work. But it seems we should at least explain what work the last few months have contained…
HP valve Bobbin ready for measurment
The next stage in the refurbishment and sorting of the valve timing issues is to pay some attention to the HP Valve problems.
The Digital Engine Indicator
As my first job was working as an Instrument Technician for Shell Research in the Applied Physics department, I became interested in the measurement of physical systems… thus I was interested in Engine Indicators as a tool for evaluating engine performance, and measuring valve events and gas-flow in steam and very large marine diesels.
An Engine Indicator – Wikipedia Commons Image
Given my later life in computing I concluded that a digital version of one of these instruments could be made to evaluate the performance of Befur’s engine.
I penned an article for The SBA’s Funnel magazine, but the publication of this has been delayed, so I am publishing it here for those interested.
It’s still a prototype, and in need of further development, but it has provided some interesting data – which at least prompted further analysis and investigations into what happens inside Befur’e engine…
I have attached to this post a PDF describing the Digital Engine Indicator, which you can read and download here
As you may have seen from earlier posts, and here we are embarking on a major winter “shopping” of Befur, to address a number of problems.
Measuring the valve timing on the bench
One of these tasks is to analyse and reset the valve timing of the engine to improve efficiency and performance. Continue reading
For about a year now I have been saying “Yes, the engine is done, apart from a few bits and bobs” – so the other week I found myself waiting for some timber to arrive and decided to just “knock those bits and bobs on the head” – 10 minutes inspecting the engine revealed that there were in fact (at least) 23 jobs still to be done!!! So so far we have spent two weeks reducing this list to 7…. (and deciding to do some much later!) Herewith some notes on some of this activity… Continue reading