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Re: Compass
shearwatershearwater 18 May 2019 21:14
in discussion Forums / Gear & Maintenance » Compass

Hello Ralf, I kept forgetting to measure my compass while visiting during winter storage. I'm pretty sure my compass is a Ritchie. with illumination. we used the stern light to power it.

along the way, my dad and i speculated why the stern light was separate from the running lights. we assumed it was related to stern-to mooring practices. is this so?

Re: Compass by shearwatershearwater, 18 May 2019 21:14

Hi all! So, for the past few seasons the masonite (our name for it, i think you call it HardBoard) ceiling has been sagging on the port side. I blamed it on an idler pulley that someone had installed on the cabintop. It turns out, the caulking around the port handrails has failed in places. i will keep you informed of my progress. i'm working on replacing it with ash, approx 13 mm by 75mm, in a bead board pattern. (ash is affordable, and i like the look)

Handrails / Coachtop by shearwatershearwater, 18 May 2019 01:48

Hello. mine failed as well last year. i patched it quickly with some light iron that i welded in a few strategic spots and some rtv sealant, while researching options. My exhaust on Shearwater consists of the downpipe and then a water lift silencer, connected with rubber hose. I'm expecting to try building my own from bits of pipe and a little steel plate. (i'm not sure if i'm going to be remotoring in the near future)

all the rest of you should look at your exhaust. basically my iron casting sort of rotted away, becoming very crumbly in places. in other places there is enough metal to weld to. the failed area is 2-3 cm by 10-20 cm, if i recall. all my research indicates it's very difficult to weld cast iron.

Shearwater was repowered in the 70's in NYC with an MD7B. last year i had my clutch cones relined, then i had to machine the lining down by a couple of mm. i was not happy. But there is plenty of room for what appears to be the stock exhaust fittings, even if they are difficult to reach.

good luck to you.

I've got the original VP MD11C Motor and now i've got a damage in my exhaust pipe. The new one from Volvo is recommended for MD11C. I ordert it but there is not enough space behind the Motor. It is a silencer and wateraccumulator …. do i need a water accumulator?
Ich habe noch den originalen VP MD11c Motor verbaut. Am Wochenende ist mir der Schalldämpfer geplatzt . Meine Frage ist ob ich einen Wassersammler verbaut hatte? Ich glaube es ist nur ein Schalldämpfer. Habt ihr im original einen Wassersammler mit verbaut? oder nur einen Schalldämpfer?
Über eine kurzfristige Nachricht würde ich mich sehr freuen.
ed.ten-retteok|netsroht#ed.ten-retteok|netsroht als Mail Adresse, Wenn ihr ein Bild sehen möchtet gebt mir einfach eine Mail Adresse und ich schicke welche.

fair winds and following seas :-)

Vielen Dank/ best regards

Late but maybe not to late ;-)
My compass is from Plath in Germany, Typ Merkur

Re: Compass by Thorsten-SlesvigThorsten-Slesvig, 16 May 2019 19:21
Re: Compass
red danered dane 23 Dec 2018 15:03
in discussion Forums / Gear & Maintenance » Compass

Hello Ralf,
I have the same thing on my 'to do' list, it looks to be a fairly easy job. I have already bought a 'top reading' Suunto compass, got it on ebay at a very low price and in a beautiful condition.
I don't know anything of the original compass.

Re: Compass by red danered dane, 23 Dec 2018 15:03

I was considering not altering the fibreglass and extending the coaming beyond the rear piece as I thought it looked very pleasing to the eye. I knew there would be a problem with water collecting there, I was going to overcome that by drilling mouse holes at the junction on the extended part, this is not perfect but would really improve the drainage, and it could be done retrospectively.

Re: Cockpit coaming by red danered dane, 19 Aug 2018 18:03


Looks fantastic! My father made a similar repair after Shearwater was beached during a hurricane which somehow breached our very well protected anchorage.

His solution was similar to yours, except he didn't change the fibreglass, and the sides of the coaming extend past the end piece. No issues with opening the hatches, but water is always collecting in the end. i'm contemplating how to correct that issue.

I really do need to post some pictures now that she's into her second half century of sailing, especially as more of us might be having this problem.

Your Mahogany is magnificent! Ours came from an old piano top that came with our house, but lacks the great figuring of your pieces.

Cheers, Tom Lok, chicago

Re: Cockpit coaming by shearwatershearwater, 15 Aug 2018 18:58
Ralf BeutingRalf Beuting 15 Aug 2018 10:08
in discussion Forums / Gear & Maintenance » Compass

Dear all, unfortunately my GD28 didn't have it's compass anymore wich was accommodated at the center of the cockpit, at the top of the support columns which holds the main sail. Can anybody share any information about the type/make of this original compass? And maybe where to find one or a suitable replacement?
Many thanks in advance, Ralf

Compass by Ralf BeutingRalf Beuting, 15 Aug 2018 10:08


Red Dane needed a new coaming for some time… It was totally rotten and made of plywood. To fit in, the back 2 rounded corners were an issue and had always been a problem, not allowing to lift the lids of the back lockers properly. I therefore decided to modify and cut to form square corners. I strongly hesitated before starting because of the change to the overall look. To my surprise, the result was great and I think it looks even better.

To explain, after removing the old coaming and screws, I cut the round corners square with an angle grinder. I couldn't believe how thick the fiberglass was in this area. I then built a form made of plywood which I placed under and behind the new square holes. I used epoxy and chopped strands to form the new corner.

It took some thinking to cut the new wood in order to take into account the compound angles and the back of the 3 boards are rebated below deck level. That allowed the coaming to sit on the deck as well as the sides of the cockpit.

The new coaming is made of an old mahogany, I was told probably Cuban and shows the most beautiful complex grain. I've used danish oil to feed and protect. 9 coats to date. Varnish is my favourite finish on a nice piece of wood but the Scottish elements are a nightmare to keep it nice.

To see the job and end result go on Red Dane

Don't hesitate to contact me if you're planning the same and need some more info. I'm also on the facebook group


Cockpit coaming by red danered dane, 18 Jul 2018 15:03

Sorry I can't provide you with a set of spreader but please notice that it is unfortunately very commun for Selden not helping and telling you need a new mast when you contact them. Better $$$ for them!!! Of course then should be able to deliver aluminium speaders but…If you got the money it is easy to follow them. To make it cheaper they offer you a thinner mast with 2 pairs of speader… With that generally comes also the time for a new sail… Try to contact a mast rigger to find alternatives.

Re: Spreaders lost by OliviaOlivia, 07 Jul 2018 13:23

Selden couldn't help and the spreaders haven't resurfaced. We are now in talks with mast builders to find a solution.

Before we contract anyone I would like to ask if anyone here in the forum has the original spreaders and doesn't need them anymore. We are happy to pay for them! Even the whole rigg, if you don't wish to sell them separately.

Kind regards from Kiel!

Re: Spreaders lost by Sir TobySir Toby, 06 Jul 2018 08:20

Wow, that was quick! Thank you very much, Old Salt!

I will talk to Selden, hopefully that's all the measures they need.

Best wishes from Germany!

Re: Spreaders lost by Sir TobySir Toby, 18 May 2018 08:54


The spreaders are 38-1/4" long and 3-1/2" wide at the base.

Re: Spreaders lost by old saltold salt, 17 May 2018 22:20

Hello everyone!

Unfortunately, we lost our spreaders during the last winter. We still have the original gold anodised aluminum mast, so it doesn't have a number engraved yet. Can anyone tell us the dimension of the original spreaders, please? Selden needs them to check their storage and in the worst case order a new part from Sweden.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Spreaders lost by Sir TobySir Toby, 17 May 2018 07:21
Re: 3D model
OliviaOlivia 27 Nov 2017 12:09
in discussion Forums / News & Discussions » 3D model

Hello Philippe,
The link is working after removing the empty space and pasting into the URL adress

Re: 3D model by OliviaOlivia, 27 Nov 2017 12:09
Re: 3D model
tchiwamtchiwam 09 Nov 2017 02:04
in discussion Forums / News & Discussions » 3D model

I guess I need to post to get karma to upload pictures :)

Anyway this is try #2
Nope, low karma thing does it :D

I'll do it later. I know of 2 layouts, and I plan on making both in the same drawing, that is if the hull is the same.
I am now durious about the 3rd layout…

Re: 3D model by tchiwamtchiwam, 09 Nov 2017 02:04

Oh yeah! Another Blender user!!!

Just in case, my boat is for sale, so you can measure it to your heart's content. ;-)

Joking aside, it is worth mentioning that there are three(as far as I know) different interior layouts. The original ones had a dinette configuration and later there was the more "traditional" bunk layout.

In term of space, it was one of the beamier boats for it's length when it was designed (note it was designed from inside out, meaning the hull was drawn after the interior).
Now, she looks quite skinny compared to the modern boats.

BTW, I couldn't see your screenshot.

John D Willimann

Re: 3D model by John D WillimannJohn D Willimann, 08 Nov 2017 10:30
3D model
tchiwamtchiwam 03 Nov 2017 22:35
in discussion Forums / News & Discussions » 3D model

Hello everyone,

I am planing to buy a GD28. In the mean time, I have created a 3D model using blender (free software), since I wanted to get a feel of the space inside.
I have use most if not all of the drawings available from this site. Even if I do not buy the GD28 I think this may prove useful or at least nice for any owner or previous owner.

I plan on leaving this file to, so others could make changes freely.

I am more than happy to check photos with measurement references to improve this model too, and correct my mistakes, remember this is a rough draft.

I can also generate the file to be use with a 3D printer in order to get a model of the GD28.

Here's a link to a current screenshot

https: // / LugRePPDq6lwg3mt1


3D model by tchiwamtchiwam, 03 Nov 2017 22:35
Re: Rudder
grynnergrynner 22 Jun 2017 11:46
in discussion Forums / Gear & Maintenance » Rudder

I have ruddercracks through both of the two upper hinge cutouts.
It appers that there are hollow sections in the rudder at those two locations.
Is that a known defect or have I just been unlucky?
Kind regards, Jan.

PS. As the middle hinge is below the waterline I intend fill the inside with a twocomponent polyether foam before I seal the surface cracks.

Re: Rudder by grynnergrynner, 22 Jun 2017 11:46
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