and other smaller ticket items...
...last years upgrade has been brilliant and all working better than expected. 2021's upgrade finishes all the external big ticket items that hit all yacht owners every ten years.
The team at Evolution Sails - Gold Coast, were contracted to redesign our sails with the following requirements:
1. Square top,
2. Similar or better sail area without extending the boom or mast,
3. Improve sail shape & performance,
4. Improve into wind performance, and
5. All 3 reefs to be controlled from the helm.
Result on the previous sail areas are:
- Main size was increased 13% to 63.83sqM, the
- Genoa size increased by 3% to 39.85sqM, and
- Screecher/Code 0 remained much the same.
There are now 5 battens (2 more than previous), and two reworked factory batten-cars. The resultant changes allow much improved single-handed sail changes (including 3 reefs) - ALL FROM THE HELM.
The spinnaker even managed a new sock and neck, allowing easier 'snuffing' of the spinnaker from the helm via winch. Their service is exceptional.
HAPPY FOLLOW-UP: We have found that the increased main sail area, is forcing us to 'reef' earlier (1st reef in around 15-20kts), as it forces more rudder deflection to keep the rudder centred. If we don't, the rudders cause unnecessary drag.
We have given up on Sunbrella, their fabric has gone downhill in the last 10-15 years. Hello to Docril.
Docril is a 100% solution dyed acrylic fibre. It uses Teflon to protect the fabric, thus creating a barrier which reinforces the water repellency and delaying the dirt adherence.
More DOCRIL information is available here.
We have chosen to weather-proof the sides (with windows of mosquito netting) and mosquito net the aft section, given that there is little water and wind access at the best of times.
While the space was always there, it's much more usable in all weather conditions. In fact, doubled the comfort factor.
The helm too got a facelift with new clears. The very large zipped windows allow great ventilation through summer while keeping warmer & dry through winter.
Coupled with ALL sheets and halyards now leading to the helm, passages should be more safe with little need to venture outside the helm.
HAPPY FOLLOW-UP: Love it, nothing broken yet and we certainly have seen some bad weather in the last six months, winds and rain to 45kts. You get what you pay for...
The original factory installed desalinator was built by Dessalator. It worked very well as a 12V DC unit, however, water quantity was 35-40 litres per hour with TDS levels in excess of World Health Organisation standards (600ppm+), this was after changing membrames, filers & sensors.
We wanted a higher output (around 70 litres per hour) and had battery power to spare. We needed to get this TDS down below 300ppm.
STELLA water-makers utilises a 12V DC low pressure pump to provide low pressure water (through the filter system) to a high pressure pump. The 240V AC high pressure pump (at 4-6 amps), pressurises the water to 800+ psi before forcing it through the single 4-foot membrane.
What is super cool is that there are very few moving parts and no electronics (except for the auto-flush). This allows us to make precise adjustments to water quality. The result, 111ppm, watch our video here.
VERY HAPPY FOLLOW-UP: We continue to get sub-100ppm since the video was made. Really, really impressed, HUGE thank you to STELLA.
LAGOON (as well as other popular production maunufacturers) use a non-resin based adhesive bonding system for many major non-structural components.
This rubbery adhesive works very effectivly absorbing bumps and movement for many years. We noticed some areas where the adhesive coves had started to separate and have chosen to start a replacement of their coves, with resin and glass.
Very similar to that of another cruising family - Sailing Nohoa (episode 'the Biggest Boat job yet').
We have chosen to make this an on-going proactive 'to-do' job, as we locate the joints (and/or movement or squeeking).
HAPPY FOLLOW-UP: After 1200nm, the squeaking has stopped on no evidence of any deterioration.
We chose to purchase a new 4-stroke 9.8 Tohatsu outboard. Finding a workable balance of 4-stroke extra weight vs environmental pollution of a 2-stroke was inevitable.
This extra weight modifies many small dingy transom heights, and resultant efficiency of the dingy in the water. Trial and error urged us to raise our transom height 50mm. This was then made in aluminium and fastened to the transom and painted.
We can now get on the plane with two large adults and a 4-stroke 9.8 outboard.
The davits and pulley system have been changed. The new 'purchase system of the pulleys' now allows easier lifting and stowing of the dingy.
'NOT HAPPY' FOLLOW-UP: Not very happy with both choices here. We chose the recommended (by retailer) 9.8 4-stroke, it does not plain with two people. We have also had to have the transom raised to prevent water ingress. Not happy with either...
We chose to move the Victron Battery bank and at the same time individually 'circuit-break' each battery. This is to aid easy access in a workable area in the event we need to isolate a battery, and keep the rest of the batteries operational.
As we rely heavily on electrical, we are using the 'what if...' theory and preparing for the unknown.
HAPPY FOLLOW-UP: After 1200nm, still waiting for a problem to test the system.
"Come on Murphy"
Careful what I wish for...
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