Frequently asked questions?
How do I change my cuddy window rubber?
All of our heritage model cuddy’s have windows and rubber which can be easily changed. The windows acrylic is held in place with a special profile window rubber and insert, over time this window rubber can perish and may need to be removed and replaced. Replacement cuddy windows, window rubber and rubber insertion tools can all be purchased from our online spares store. Detailed instructions on how to replace the window rubber can be found here.
How to I carry out a gel repair?
All our models are built with a tinted or coloured gelcoat which are unique colours to Orkney boats. If you have damaged your gelcoat and wish to carry out a repair, we can supply a gel coat repair kit via our online shop, so that we can match the colour closely, we will need to know the model and the hull identification number. Detailed instructions on how to carry our a gel repair can be found here.
What should I do to winterise my boat?
If looking to layup and store your boat during the winter, we recommend that you carry out a few essential tasks. For details of winter service checks you should consult the owner operators manual provided with your boat.
How do I find out the age of my Orkney?
Orkney hold a record for each and every Orkney ever built. Your Orkney will have a unique hull identification number which can be found embossed in the gelcoat, in the upper Port side corner on the transom. Very early models would have had an Orkney builders plate fitted in the cockpit with a similar hull number. In addition boats built since 1998 have a red plate with a number starting with the prefix GB-ORK, this can be found in the upper Starboard corner of the transom. Follow this link to our boat age chart to find out which year your boat was built.
What is an RCD category ?
Since 1998 all Orkney models have been designed and built to meet the essential requirements of the CE recreational craft directive. The Recreational craft directive has different categories depending on the boat size, design and its seagoing capabilities
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Can I fit a bigger engine on my boat than the builders plate states?
All our boats are carefully designed and constructed to meet a required performance. As such every model is given a maximum engine size which is not only determined by the hull design speed but also the boats intended loading and associated structure. The maximum engine size is also a key part of the recreational craft directive certification which each model is given. We do not recommend exceeding this engine size, which could cause adverse handling and potentially damage your boat. This may also effect the insurance cover your have.
I’m not sure I'm getting the right performance from my boat, what can I do?
Many factors can influence the overall performance of your boat, including the sea conditions, however if you think your boat is generally underperforming compared to the design speed, a few things to firstly consider is the loading, How much weight are you carrying ? and is the weight distributed evenly in your boat ie. not all to one side or at the stern. Also has the engine been set up and installed correctly? Is the engine reaching the engine manufacturers recommended revs at full throttle? under or overrevving could be a sign of an incorrect pitched propellor, which can make a big difference to the overall boat performance. We recommend you speak to your local engine dealer for further information.
Where can I buy spares and extras for my boat?
With over 14,000 Orkney Boats built to date, we are proudly committed to continue to support our many Orkney owners new and old by offering an extensive list of spares , parts and accessories available to order from our online store or by contacting the Orkney aftersales team directly.
Which Trailer should I buy for my Orkney
There are various different types of trailer available and depending on which model you have some may not be suitable. There are also a number of other considerations including the load carrying capacity, whether the trailer needs to be braked or unbraked and where and how the hull weight is supported, to avoid risk of damaging your boat. We recommend using an Orkney approved trailer which is designed and setup to fit your boat exactly.