Originally Posted by tdw
Nothing wrong with antiquated Caleb, though the Wombet has her concerns re my antiquity.
Agree re that flywheel. It does look good doesn't it ?
back from sailing now
dongle got wet so no internet connection
The beast is an 8hp MD1
the design is about 60 years old - but the beast has only been in the slug for about four years - apparently the engine sat in the window of a yacht chandlers for about fifteen years before it was moved to the back of the workshop where it sat for another 30 years before being used as a heart transplant.
the flywheel is big enough to do justice to a tractor
I am told that it makes the beast a very smooth running unit for a single pot diesel
However, it does shake the cutlery around a bit
the slogging power is astonishing and it is parsimonious when it comes to fuel
runs all day on a gallon.
the Md1s were fitted to much bigger boats - up to 24 foot
at half revs the slug chugs along along at 4 knots - you can crank the beast up and it will surge up to a massive 4.5 knots
so we go nowhere fast.
I was amazed that people were prepared to fork out real spondulicks to keep the beast in the slug
so now I feel very attached to the thing - primarily because other poeple like it so much
if anyone want the beast starting as a ring tone pm me and I will send it to you
it starts with the sound of the dynastart - the beast chugs , coughs a little and then kicks into life
it gets some great reactions when the phone goes
one other bloke now has it as the start up noise for windows computer
as for Al and Stewy - salt of the earth
reckon a TV series following them on their sailing adventures would be wonderful
right now Al is in a mates trimaran on his way to the Channel Islands
its great to be the sort of bloke who just grabs adventures when they come along