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  1. Just to update, and in case anyone should come across in the future, the guys at Sillette have identified it as a TRANSADRIVE
  2. Thanks for all the replies. Do seem to be lot of similarities with the sonic 70. See Sillette have a site, the "sales brochure" on there for the 70 doesn't quite look the same. I'll see if I can talk with them. No luck so far in finding a service or operator manual for one.
  3. Probably because someone suggested it early on, I was thinking this was an Enfield Z-drive. [Two pics] However, having acquired two manuals they both contain diagrams like this. [Image] Where the arm connects is different. Any suggestions to what it is?
  4. Found a thread on here - "dawncraft 25 advice needed" Suggests they are oak. Crane guy wondered if it had happened while on the trailer, but as you say it may have already been cracked and been soaking through. He mentioned epoxying the bolt holes might be crude option. We had been fitting the inside (more because we needed to keep travelling to check on it and it was something to do while there.) but it can all come out if it has to. I don't recall seeing any bolts though.
  5. Boat is now on hard standing. A new issue to ponder though. It has a couple of "fins". Not sure how well it comes out but crack/gaps near the top. Closed back up when placed down.
  6. Hope to hear back from Bob. Jim, are you able to share a little more about fitting new ones? The bolts, were they already visible inside or did you have to "dig" to locate them?
  7. Thanks for the offer but a long way from you unfortunately. Currently in East Cambridgeshire and hopefully soon moving to between Oxford and Swindon. Pics are not easy to see. It looks as though the engine driveshaft was cut off in order to remove the engine. We have not been able to locate the handle to raise the z-drive either. Yet to clear out this area. Have not been great at taking pics of the boat, will aim to when next over. Have been doing what we can : putting floor down, fitting wall and doors to the covered cabin, some framing for toilet, seating, that sort of thing. Some fibre on the bilge area, plus the first coat of fibre on the additional roof.
  8. Thanks, will look into this.
  9. Now wondering what we will find when ours comes out of the water. Not leaking currently though so that is something. Fins eh.
  10. Best of luck, enjoy.
  11. Thanks W, was hoping you may be around. We have caught up/followed your wee one and plant pot threads with much interest. Very inspiring. We are also canopy-less so following that also! Yes aware of the inboard benefits you mention, and if the Z-drive seems okay then that might be the most cost effective option....if...it all just worked. Seems plenty of challenges with lining it all up etc. The other factor is the previous owners had been adding some extra covered area, hence reducing the open area at the rear, there is very little left before the existing engine boxing.
  12. Yeah rusty, had seen that one - looking for something a little more sedate!
  13. With luck our project should be out of the water soon, and so we'll need to make the tough decision which has been bouncing around for a bit. It has a z-drive but no engine. One of the options is to take the z-drive out and patch up the hole(s). Then fit a heavy duty outboard bracket. Hoping some knowledgeable folks might have had some experience of doing this and may offer some thoughts. For the holes. It is GRP hull. Was thinking either gauze or ply and then fibre-glass. For the bracket, was thinking of a large sheet of ply on the inside of the back of the boat also fibre-glassed. Then a backing plate. Possibly some additional timber from where the existing engine mounts are to tie in also. Would just be for river and canal use, so thinking something between 8HP and 15 HP would managed (it is 25ft). A concern would be the cabling for the outboard though, guess that may need a sizeable new hole making. Thanks in advance
  14. Thanks, that is a little different to the one I had located, and clearer text too. Thank you, will take a look.
  15. Thanks for replying, I believe is the model without the winder. However, the pin to release the lock is on the inboard side is it?