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Jun-28-2010 @ 8:44 PM                           Permalink
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hi we are new to the club and have just purchased a
birchwood 33 with twin ford diesels and we would like to
have some info on what the cruising speed at sea would be
and our boat has a flybridge which was fitted in germany
and we are having trouble finding neutral gear{ big
problems when we try to go in the locks} we are based in
newark on trent, nottinghamshire, any info would be
gratefully received thanks - penny

penny wainwright

Jun-28-2010 @ 9:13 PM                           Permalink
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Im assuming its diesel inboard engines? its been a while since I was
last working on a sea going Birchwood. However, I believe you could
have a pair of Ford Mermaid engines as these were common in the
The gearboxes you have again are most likely Borg Warner CR2 (Very
rare, be careful on you you have work on these) or it may have been
converted to PRM750CB2 gearboxes.

Post or email a few photos of the engines & gearboxes I can then be
100% what you have. Even though its from a large production company
most were 'custom' built so differences can happen.

Ideal cruising speed is 16 to 18 knots however, weight, balast &
propellers can greatly affect this so again i need more information to
help you in detail.

Hope this helps at this stage.


Jason hatch

They say that 'Hard work never killed anyone' however, sleepless nights, stress, not taking breaks & not eating correctly may just get you there early!!

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Hi here's a link to the Birchwood Owners Association.
copy and paste it into your browser as direct links don't work on this forum.

This message was edited by Jodi on Jun-30-10 @ 12:07 AM

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