Upgrades

2014

  • All through hulls and valves replaced by bronze ones. Some had ben renewed by previous owners but unfortunately these were not dezincification resistant. Some older valves were stuck and could not be closed.
  • 60m 8mm calibrated galvanized anchoring chain (with break load test certificate) was installed.
  • VHF repaired in order to accept NMEA data from the GPS and show the position.

2015

  • New wind, speed and depth instruments. Raymarine ST60+
  • Installation of solar panels. 2 X Victron BlueSolar 50Wp on stainless steel stern gantry. The charge controller BlueSolar MPPT-100/15 features maximum power point tracking for most efficient energy harvesting.
  • Battery monitor Victron BMV-702. The unit can monitor the charge state of the domestic battery and the voltage of the starter battery. If connected to a computer and using Victron’s software, parameters can be logged continuously allowing the data to be plotted over time.
  • The exhaust system was modified because it would pour water back into the engine in heavy following seas if the boat would be heeling too much to portside. The waterlock was modified and an option was added allowing drainage of the system.
  • 3700GPH Rule electric bilge pump installed.
  • Manual bilge pump replaced.
  • The Vesper Marine XB-8000 AIS transponder was installed replacing the existing AIS receiver. The unit is connected to the same antenna that is used by the VHF Radio by the means of an VHF/AIS antenna Splitter (Vesper Marine SP 160). A very nice feature of this splitter is the implemented VSWR meter. In my installation, it showed me that there was a problem with one of the connectors.
  • New VHF/AIS antenna and low loss cable.
  • Long range WiFi installation.
  • New 20 kg Rocna anchor with 60m galvanized calibrated chain.

2017

  • All batteries replaced
  • Barbarossa aft stay tensioner repaired
  • All old layers of antifouling removed

2 Replies to “Upgrades”

  1. Hi you wrote that you have replaced all the batteries. Can you be so kind and tell me exactly which one you have bought and if you are happy with it. Because I have to replace mine, too. Thanks a lot Klaus / Tavarua HR 352

    1. Hi Klaus, I have 3 batteries installed, a starter battery and two domestic batteries connected in parallel. All 3 of them are “Exide ER 550 DUAL Marine Battery 115Ah” which are actually the same type and make as the ones that I replaced. The previous ones lasted approximately 10 years. They are connected to the alternator via a schottky diode splitter which I wanted to replace by a Sterling Power PSR122 0.0V drop alternator splitter for better charging because of the lower voltage drop out. It is important not to discharge them too much because lifetime is a function of how often and how deep you discharge. A better choice if you need more capacity would probably be to use gel batteries for the domestic battery bank, like the Exide Gel ES1300 Marine & Multifit . These ones are 58mm higher so check carefully if they fit in the box. You would probably also need a new charger if you change to gel. Always fair winds, Evan

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