Da rockin SHAMROCK

I have changed the name of my yacht from Susan to Shamrock

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01 February 2010 | Simons Town
Mike Connolly
I managed to scrounge an autohelm 6000 and a B & G wind indicator from a chap on the marine who was leaving recently. I have fitted the instrument into the bulhead and the wind direction and anonometer on the stern rail. I need to get the plugs for the power and to connect the instrument to the indicator. The Autohelm is a different story and will require a linear drive in addition to all of the parts that I already have. Haven't even thought about sourcing one of those yet.
I have had soem recent problems with the enginbe starting which has caused some difficulty recently. I have had the starter motor rebuilt and have eventually rewired the starter swithc and bypassed the relays to the starter solenoid. The engine now starts on the button and is a pleasure. In reflection there were several issues which occuring which made starting difficult. They were, a lazy relay in the wiriing to the starter. The power source which I used to initiate the starting didn't have a 12volt feed and was only registering about 10V so there was some voltage drop somewhere along the line. Also the starter solenoid was loose which was addressed with the rebuild.
Vessel Name: Shamrock
Vessel Make/Model: Fortuna 37
Hailing Port: Simon's Town, Cape Town
Crew: Mike Connolly
About: My daughter Storm and Wife Niki
Extra: I am starting to restore a Fortuna 37 here in Cape Town. I have been involved in the refurbishment of several yachts working up from a 22 foot Viking to a 23 Foot Buccaneer to a 25 foot Flemenca (and also a 20 Foot Vivacity) to end up with Susan a 37 foot Fortuna
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Shamrock's Photos -

Restoration of my Fortuna 37

Who: Mike Connolly
Port: Simon's Town, Cape Town