Hello to everybody.
I'm trying again to obtain pictures and ideas about Eberspacher and Webasto heather installations. I've my Eby D4 still in the box....
There is now the good season, here in Cote d'Azur Cannes, to work in the boat not so hot, not yet cold..
I'm sorry for you that are preparing winterization, but here we sail all along the year and winter is a very good season without mechanic swell... Please send here all the pictures about heather.
I was curious what everyone's experience has been shipping a 36.7? We are testing the waters as potential buyers from Portland Oregon. I am interested in preparation (outside normal removing the spar, Distance and cost, and other lessons learned. Do you have your own trailer and rig? PM me with cost if you do not feel comfortable posting publicly. Thanks everybody!
Last year we bought First 36.7 (2008) in Montenegro. The boat was left unattended for 3 years, so many equipment didn't work, were broken or absent. We had few trips from Ukraine to Montenegro to fix everything, which we almost did :) But some thing appear faster than others are fixed :) Especially when you are 2500 km away from the boat.
One of our goals was cruising in the Mediterranean. So we wanted to increase our energy independence. We didnt want to turn the engine on to charge the batteries and we didnt want to build a bimini with fixed batteries.
So we installed 2 * 50W solar panels on the pulpit. They can be easily detached within 5 minutes. Also we have added Victron 100/15 MPPT solar charge controller and Victron BMV 700 battery monitor. The monitor was fitted instead of voltmeter on the electric panel (both of them are 52 mm in diameter).
We bought BMV 700, but the better option is BMV 702, which allows monitoring of service and starter batteries.
Last week we had a first trial week of sailing. We spend every night on anchorages, used cockpit shower, couple of times shower in the heads, the fridge was turned on all the time (power 5-7 out of 7), LED cabin lights were on during evenings, mooring, deck lights and chartplotter were on during night. Engine was started when the windlass was used (1000 W windlass consumed about 800W). VHF, chartplotter, instruments, fridge were on during sailing. Devices (phones, tablets, cameras, etc) were charged every day when the batteries were 100% full.
Panels gave us from 450 to 750 Watts a day according to statistics of MPPT controller (which equals to 2-4 hours of motoring every day). Batteries were fully charged by the lunch time (from about 11.00 till 13.00). Power consumption during evening and night (from 8 pm to 8 am) was from 12 to 45 Ah (average 20 Ah). Panels can be rotated 360 degrees and tilted about 70 degrees. Rotation of the panels dramatically increases there efficiency (like 3-6 times). So we turned them to the sun when we were on anchorages and from time to time when sailing.
Hope it helps somebody. Attached are couple of photos of installed panels and the fitting of battery monitor.
For those of us that are unfortunate to live in countries that freeze in the winter, a word of caution about some of our thru hulls.
I found a nasty surprise in the spring with a cracked knotmeter housing.
I noticed a small trickle of water coming from the thru hull area. I couldn't see where it was coming from, because the crack was facing the bulk head where you can't see it directly.
Can't be 100% sure buy my closest guess is that water got trapped when I replaced the knotmeter with the plug, and eventually the ice expanded and cracked the thru hull.
A more detailed explanation from another raymarine thru hull owner at:
The solution seems to be to temporarily remove the plug, to allow any water to drain once the boat is out of the water.
If you have small amounts of water coming in, definitely worth a proactive check.
I just noticed that my binnacle compass light was on after shutting everything down. DC power was on, but all breakers off (including nav lights). I needed to turn off the house batteries to get it to turn off. What controls the light on the binnacle compass (Plastimo Olympic 135)?
Grizzly Dominates the 14th Annual Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championships…Again
Detroit boat Grizzly completed a dominating performance Sunday to win the 14th Annual Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championships at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Station. This is their second first place finish in the NAC’s, winning two out of the last three years.
Posting a 1-1, Grizzly, skippered by Chuck Bayer, consistently outsailed the fleet and won by an impressive 23 points. Local boat, Maggie Mae, skippered by Peter Wright, placed second and Toronto’s Zingara, skippered by Richard Reid, finished third, overcoming a DNS on the first day. Chicago boats, Tequila Mockingbird, owned by Chris Duhon, and FOG, owned by Charlie Wurtzebach and Mike Bird rounded out the top five for podium finishes. Additionally, Arwen, the Finnish boat, won the Corinthian division.
Olof Andersson, the regatta PRO, said “Today’s conditions were excellent, sunny with a steady 8 knot wind out of the Southeast. There was a steady shift to the left but it did not affect the racing and we did not make any course changes. We decided to do two races today, with the second one being a longer mile and a half. The 2-5 positions going into that race were very tight and we wanted to give them the chance to fight it out, which they did.”
Jarrett Altmin, fleet captain and 2016 NAC chair, commented “Chuck sailed a near-flawless regatta and is more than deserving of the championship. We saw all possible conditions that Chicago has to offer and finished with perfect sailing. Most importantly, everyone had a great time and the comradery shown by the fleet was incredible. In fact, there were no protests filed during the entire regatta.”
Grizzly’s Chuck Bayer, who incidentally was thrown into the lake by his crew, said “CYC is one of the best clubs in the country and the race committee is outstanding. The competition here is at the pinnacle with excellent sailors representing multiple countries. Chicago seems to be a lucky club for us even though our entire crew are members of Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit. In all seriousness, the crew is the reason we do so well. They are exceptional and proved that again in this regatta.”