The engine room is situated below the pilot house floor. One climbs down into it.
You can stand upright, sit next to or beside the engine or even get under it. There
is easy and comfortable access to everything. Everything is new, clean, dry and well
laid out for access and maintenance. The main items in the engine room comprise
the engine, generator, watermaker, calorifier, greywater tank and all of their ancillary
All new in 2013 built to Nigel Calder specification (Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical
Manual – Nigel Calder, 3 rd Edition, ISBN 0 7136 7226 9, Adlard Coles Nautical).
Under deck valves prevent theft of fuel and ingress of water to the tanks.
There are twin 600L tanks, baffled with Weka inspection hatches in each compartment
enabling easy inspection of the interior of the tanks (which are currently immaculate).
Each tank has a moisture collecting sump and test points to drain off any future
moisture or contamination and to sample fuel. The tanks can be run separately, one
for the engine and one for genset and central/water heating or run together.
The engine is fed by twin banks of water separators, filters and electric pumps that
can be switched over at a moment’s notice should a filter become blocked or a pump
Glass bowls for the water separators give visual indication of problems. A suction
gauge indicates the condition of the filter in operation.
The engine is a Volvo Penta D2-75 with low running hours. It is mounted on R&D mountings
designed to take full prop thrust.
The conventional wet exhaust employs a Halyard fibreglass water lift muffler.
The PRM 260 hydraulic gearbox was new in 2013. PRM have a reputation for bullet proof
gearboxes and this one is also rated for the next size range of engines up to 120hp.
It is designed to take full prop thrust and operates equally in forward or reverse.
There is an R&D flexible coupling.
Prop shaft with 4 bearings (2 roller bearings, 1 bronze bushing in the stuffing box
and a synthetic Vetus cutlass bearing). The stuffing box has a brass greaser. The
recently refurbished stuffing box has excellent tolerances such that with a turn
of grease from the greaser the stuffing cap can be removed to replace stuffing material
if needed with hardly any ingress of water.
The prop is 18x11 inches. There is a spare prop (18x14), key and nut if ever needed.
The prop is mounted behind the hull within the rudder so is well protected from lines
or damage (touch wood never happened to us yet!)
There is ample room to fit a shaft generator to produce electricity when sailing
Engine and Engine Room
Steering and Autohelm
The rudder is transom mounted on 4 substantial bearings. It is fully protected by
the hull and is cable driven from the wheel through a yoke. Under sail the steering
is light and well balanced.
The rudder also has a trim tab. This can be used to steer the boat on the Raymarine
autohelm (provided there is reasonable boat speed). This also provides a back-up
should the cable steering fail.
As a further back up there is a beautifully crafted laminated douglas fir emergency
tiller which fits into the top of the rudder stock.
For normal autohelm, the Raymarine 3000 drives the main wheel through a belt driven
by the more sophisticated Raymarine 4000 head unit which employs a fluxgate compass
mounted on the mast.