78-3 Update February 2106

Its been awhile since my last update on the 78 series. Last October, the owners of hulls 1, 2 and 3 were all in New Zealand to review progress on our individual boats and have a good look at 78-1 which was furthest along. 78-1 owned by Steve and Linda Dashew, the designers of the FPB series is now nearing completion and is tentatively christened “Cochise”. Headed for launch and builder’s trials in March, she will then head to Owner’s trials shortly after.

Tentatively, all three 78 owners, Steve Dashew, Peter Watson (FPB 64 Grey Wolf and 78-2) and yours truly will be back in New Zealand in June 2016 for Owner’s Training on “Cochise” as well as review of progress on our individual boats. Note that Steve Dashew, in ways only his devious mind can devise, has chosen winter in the Southern Hemisphere with all the nastiness the Southern Ocean can drum up for his playground. He was in his glory when we conducted the first open house with launch of the FPB64 when the Southern Ocean dished up a strong on shore gale for the ocassion. At least he didn’t turn off the stabilizers beam to during the open house like he did on our trip from the Bay of Islands back to Whangarei on my newly launched “Iron Lady” – just to “see how she would behave”. At the time, Deb had three large pots of herbs on top of the locker over the range top – they didn’t think much of his experiment and the result was flying pots, plants and dirt everywhere. I will see if I can return the favor on Cochise during Owner’s Training.

Anyway, back to 78-3 and the latest batch of photos form Circa. First, a shot from below decks showing the spill wall around the mechanical room and a manometer set up to pressure test one of the tanks.

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The next picture is looking at one of the cofferdams which encloses the stabilizer mechanisms. You can just see the massive mounting plate and reinforcing around it.

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The next shot shows some of the looms thru the structural framing which will carry the myriad of plumbing and electrical services thru the boat.

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We also chose to put 4 port lights on the boat – one in each guest stateroom, one in my office across from the master stateroom and one in the master stateroom. Circa has a full foundry and the made the molds, poured and finished machined the frames. They are a work of art and VERY heavy duty.

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The following view is form the companionway leading forward to the forepeak. The forepeak will be home for the full size washer and dryer as well as an exercise area and lots of storage.

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Headed to the back dci for a moment, this locker on port side under the matrix deck overhand houses the refrigeration compressors which are both water and air cooled as well as a day head. Looking forward, you can see into the great room where the galley will be on the left with seating and lower helm station forward.

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Work has begun on the shaft logs and the rudder as well. Yo9u can get a sense of how massive things are by looking at the fellow working there. Those stern tubes are designed to house the shafts which are 2.5 inches in diameter.

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This shot shows one of the two rudders under construction.

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And the final metalwork picture is of the forward mast under construction.

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Turning to the Chippies (Kiwi for carpenters), the following shots show the interior cabinetry under construction. We chose a pickled Australian Oak, Rift Cut for uniform grain structure for our interior. The finish will be natural satin varnish.

The first shows the cabinet that goes across the aft end of the galley. The oven has even temporarily installed to check the fit.

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The next three shots show the forward galley area which is “U” shaped. You can also see the counter top garages for storage.

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This picture shows one of the refrigeration boxes. The galley has a large upright refrigerator and two large freezers along the port side of the galley.

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Shown below is the fiberglass enclosure for the master “shun” (combination shower and tub).

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A long way to go but I hope you can get a sense of just how ridiculously strong the 78 is along with the craftsmanship of the good folks at Circa.

Til next time.

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FPB78-3 – October 2015

I am just back from New Zealand and still shaking off the effects of 30 plus hours of travel (even though I arrived back in the US before I left New Zealand – a quirk of crossing the International Date Line). It was, however, a wonderful trip. Steve Dashew, designer and proud owner of 78-1, Peter Watson, owner of 78-2 and FPB64 Grey Wolf and yours truly, owner of 78-3 were jointly on site for a week at Circa Marine to inspect and work thru the details of our respective boats and review the details of FPB 78-1 which is furthest along and due for launch in March of 2016. Can’t begin to explain just how much fun it was being there with Steve, Peter and all the folks at Circa Marine working thru the myriad of decisions that are part of a big project like this.

At any rate, thought it high time to do an update on the new Iron Lady. I’ll start with a picture of 78-2 and 78-3 with FPB 64-11 sandwiched in between – it barely begins to give a full sense of the scale of the 78.

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The 64 – which is no light weight, is dwarfed by comparison. The following is a picture of our boat which is still in the process of primary metal fabrication.

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As part of the inspection process, we have engaged MECAL to survey and inspect our boats to insure they meet the highest standards. This includes radiographic and dye penetrant inspection of various critical weld joints. The red in the picture is from dye penetrant testing.

All the rest of the pictures in this post are from 78-1 which is nearing completion. As such, this was the perfect time for me to see the 78 as it nears completion to work out various details on my 78. So time for a boat tour Beginning with the Great Room.

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This is a view looking at at the galley from the front of the Great Room. Of note is large upright refrigerator – no more on the hands and knees like the 64. Forward of the refrigerator are two freezer boxes. The cook top goes in the open area and the faucet for the full sized, double bowl sink can be seen over the galley counter top lockers. A full size Miele dishwasher will live under the cook top. The locker along the back will house a full sized convection oven. The following is a better view of the refrigeration.

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In front of the galley is the base framing for the settee which will have a high low table that will serve as both eating area and cocktail table in its low position.

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Heading upstairs for a moment, this is a view of a mock up of the matrix deck helm complete with anticipated electronics. A big part of the design process, even thought the boat was designed completely in 3D CAD, is to mock up selected areas in MDF before constructing the actual affair in metal and wood to insure that everything works as anticipated.

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The Matrix Deck, when completed, will have a large “U” shaped seating area, a watch berth, a small refrigerator, microwave and sink. It will also be fully enclosed and have heat as well as air conditioning – all the necessities for standing those late night watches in comfort, hanging out at anchor or entertaining.

Down below on the accommodation deck, there are two guest staterooms – each with queen sized berths, their own head and shub (combination shower and tub), and the master stateroom. The master has a king size berth with a separate vanity area, enclosed head compartment and large shub.

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Off the master in the companionway is a full sized private office for me and a companionway lined with lockers that leads to the forepeak.

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The companionway and master have french doors which dived the two spaces so they can be used separately without interfering with the other or opened to become one large area. The master can be shut off from the other accommodation areas with a water tight door.

Headed down the companionway, a water tight door leads to the forepeak where the washer and dryer are located.

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Various boat systems including the bow thruster and assorted pumps for potable water and air conditioning all live under the floor boards.

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There will also be lots of room for storage – lines, fenders, shore cords, spare anchors and a host of other items. Under the floor boards, there will be nine large totes for storing spare parts. Sounds like a lot but when you are completely off grid, you need to be totally self sufficient. Besides, the only way to make sure that something doesn’t break is to have a spare part in case it does. That is one the corollaries to Murphy’s Laws πŸ™‚

Turning to electrical systems, the main breaker panel is in the great room in an area that is also dedicated to the ship’s general office.

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The breakers on the 78 have been switched to a DIN rail system where the breakers clip direct to the buss – much easier to service than a wired panel. The banks of breakers have been organized so that the first three banks are for major 24 volt DC systems – the first bank covers electrical items required when underway, the second bank is for items normally on when one is on the boat, and the third bank is for always on items like bilge pumps. Further back, the next bank is for the aircon systems and the one aft of that is for other 240 VAC systems and finally the 110 volt AC systems. Overhead, but not in view will be engine gauges, Maretron readouts for key systems, inverter controls and genset.

The next pic shows the office area which will house an iMac and connections to the satellite communications system, SSB, onboard wireless LAN, cellular and WiFi boosters. Most of this will reside behind a panel along with controls for lighting circuits which are visible at the moment.

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Speaking of electrical items, this is a shot of the shorepower control box, inverters and solar controllers which live alongside the stairs from the great room to the accommodation deck.

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The three large inverters supply up to 15KW of power at 240 volts AC. The smaller unit provides 2.5 KW of 110 volt AC. Like its predecessors, all of the heavy duty systems on the boat are 240 VAC and can run at either 50 or 60 Hz so plugging in to shore power around the world is straight forward as the inverters sync up to match the incoming power. The inverters also do charging duty to the large bank of traction batteries along with the alternators on the main engine and solar array.

This is a shot of 6 of the 10 solar panels mounted on the boat.

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Based on experience on the FPB64’s and 97, these arrays will provide up to 12 Kwh per day on a normal, sunny day – this is more then enough to power the boat when sitting at anchor. Underway two very large Electrodyne double ended alternators on the main engines will output over 10 KW so the genset should see little use. To that end, we have a 17 KW genset on the boat that can also be run at 1500 RPM as a 14 KW genet at 50 Hz to save fuel and reduce noise. More about all this in later posts as it is a large subject.

Speaking of the Electrodyne alternators, this is a shot in the engine room and you can see one of them peaking out from under the guard which is under construction- it is red.

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All that power is converted into rectified 24volt DC by these big rectifiers.

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Here you can see the genset behind one of the main engines.

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The grey piping and filter is one of the raw water intakes for engine cooling. The large white item is a lift muffler – one of two mufflers on each main engine so things should be very quiet even near the exhausts.

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While there is a large work room in the lazarette, there is also a nice workbench that will have a sink in the engine room. Further back from the workbench is the reverse osmosis water maker which can output 55 gallons of purified fresh water per hour from sea water.

Finally, a few views of the lazarette which will house a wet head, sink, and double berth in addition to a large work shop and monster stainless tool chest.

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And the robust steering gear which will control the big rudders.

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Steve Dashew’s boat will be the first to launch and he had his 16 foot commercial duty AB Inflatable with 70 HP Yami motor brought up from Auckland – we will be doing the same in addition to a smaller 11 foot beach RIB (again commercial duty with a 20 HP motor). Great boat, but I am not sure about the color – think we will stick to military grey.

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That, along with painting all the electronics up top flat black should enhance our military image. In Cooks Bay in Moorea, they nicknamed our 64 “The Gunboat” – I like it. Think we will take it to the next level on the 78.

More next time

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Youtube Video of our New Zealand Circumnavigation 2012

Its been awhile and while we are preparing to close on the sale of Iron Lady, our FPB64 and awaiting completion of our new FPB78 in New Zealand, I have been (somewhat wistfully) looking back over our many adventures aboard Iron Lady. For some time now, I have been threatening to do a video and now seemed the opportune time as I reminisced over the thousands of pictures we have taken.

You can get to the video thru the following link here


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Iron Lady Gets the Treatment

After 4 years and something over 20,000 miles at sea, it was time for Iron Lady to head to the yard for some well deserved service and preventative maintenance work. I thought a list of the work we did and the cost might be of interest to FPB64 Owners – both existing and prospective. After cruising the Inside Passage in British Columbia for the summer, we arranged for Iron Lady to be hauled at Canoe Cove in Sidney BC in late September 2014.

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The following is a run down of the work we did:

1) Full bottom job including repairs to the barrier coat and three fresh coats of antifoul. Fresh Propspeed was applied to the main prop, Gori get home prop and bow thruster props. Zincs were replaced excluding the large hull zincs as they were still in excellent condition;

2) The main prop was pulled and sent out to be tuned and balanced;

3) The bow thruster props were replaced as the blades on one side had been damaged – apparently some debris was sucked in at some point. Lots of opportunities for that in BC waters!

4) The main shaft was pulled, examined for wear and rotated;

5) The cutlass bearings were checked and the aft bearing was replaced as it showed a bit of wear;

6) The PSS shaft seal was replaced out of an abundance of caution;

7 The Spurs line cutter was replaced in its entirety – note to other owners – replace the the zinc and line dampening plugs every year or two – we didn’t and ended up replacing the whole unit;

8) Replace the drive shaft torsional dampener;

9) Realign the motor and drive train after shaft reinstall – the initial alignment was checked and was well within spec after all that time at sea;

10) Adjust the valves on the main engine;

11) Replace the belt tensioners, idler pulley and belts on the main engine – all the removed parts were kept as used spares as they showed no evidence of failure or wear;

12) Remove stabilizer fins and repair small areas of debris impact damage;

13) Remove fin actuator mechanisms, re-bed and replace “O” ring seals;

14 Replace fin position potentiometers and hydraulic cylinders;

15) Remove anchor chain and reverse, spray galvanize chain;

16) Service and certify the Life Raft;

17) Routine oil changes and raw water pump impeller replacements – main and genset;

18) Change out all fuel filters including polishing system.

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Some of the work was performed by my guys, Steve and Jim, such as the routine oil changes etc and they also worked closely with the good folks at Canoe Cove. Some of the work was really done out an abundance of caution as opposed to required maintenance. The tab for the above was roughly Canadian 25,000 including parts. This was really the first major work we have done in four years of cruising including a circumnavigation of both islands of New Zealand, crossings to Fiji and Tonga and back to NZ, NZ to French Polynesia, the Line Islands, Palmyra and Hawaii and onward travels to British Columbia and the Inside Passage.

All in all – pretty respectable for all that time at sea – and now she is fully conditioned and ready for more years seeing the world as it can only be seen on a very capable trans-ocean cruising machine.

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Final 2014 British Columbia Post

I know, the holidays are over, we have been home for roughly 5 months and I still have a post to do on last years cruising in BC. I actually kind of saved one of the best for last – while Ron and Diane were with us, we splurged and rented a Jet Ranger helicopter for a day of touring.

Our ride met us at Pierre’s Echo Bay Marina. After a foggy start to the day, our ride arrived and landed on the beach just across from the marina.

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Pretty exciting taking off vertically and departing the marina at over 90 knots just off the water.

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First stop was back Port McNeill for a full load of fuel.

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Then it was off over Vancouver Island exploring. There are literally thousands of miles of logging roads – so many that there are actually maps for those who wish to explore 4 wheel style.

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First stop was on top of a glacier – but the trip in and landing were pretty spectacular. Along cliff faces and waterfalls (no telephoto here – we were that close).

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Our destination.

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A glacial lake below the glacier – no photoshopping here – it was that blue.

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A closer look at our landing site.

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Not the best picture, but you can get a sense of how small our landing area was – not much bigger the helicopter really.

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Just past the heli was a glacial face that fell almost 2000 feet. Behind the picture of Deb and me was a sheer rock wall that fell even further. Our departure was a vertical lift off and then a vertical plunge down the rock wall. Better then any roller coaster ride I have been on.

Next it was off to the wind swept west coast of Vancouver Island and the Pacific Ocean. Rugged and beautiful coast line.

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A beach landing and some time to explore.

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This spot was known as Pirate’s Cave for obvious reasons.

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This was a primitive camp used by kayakers who sea kayak along the coast – not sure I would be doing that given the wind and waves.

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We also stopped by a few mountain streams where Ron and I tried our hand at fly fishing. Unfortunately, conditions had been so dry that the salmon could not make it in to the streams and the trout had departed for deeper and cooler water in the lakes.

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We also saw plenty of wild life from the air including humpback whales, orcas, and eagles.

At the end of the day, a very happy crew.

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I took lots of movies during our adventure, one of these days I will have to add the capability to put them up on the blog as well.


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78-3 Construction Update 12/14

Todd Rickard (FPB Team) was in New Zealand recently and sent me the following pictures of our new lady. Not much to see yet but it won’t be long before there is an opening in Circa’s fabrication bay and the parts will begin to take shape.

Cut files are generated directly from the 3D CAD models and the aluminum is cut on a CNC plasma cutter. All of the aluminum plate that is used on the boat is mill certified and is traceable. We have also engaged MECAL (a British Marine Consultancy firm) to monitor progress milestones and certify that all work is performed in accordance with specifications. This will also include radiographic and dye penetration testing of critical welds. While I will not initially proceed to full certification, the boat is being designed and built to meet Lloyd’s MC0 certification – one of the most stringent standards in the world.



Initial fabrication has begun on some of the structural components. Shown below is one of the bulkheads.


I believe this is one of the lower hull section reinforcements.


Part of the matrix deck roof assembly.


The Chippies (Kiwi for cabinet makers) are at work on some of the interior furniture modules. The following is a drawer stack.


One of the hull side locker frames.


And the master berth.


The interior woodwork is a combination of red cedar (drawers and lockers) and the exterior faces are a beautiful, uniform grained Australian Oak. Actual finish has is yet to be decided but our inclination is to leave it close to natural. The FPB team has made a substantial investment in rendering software so after the first of the year, we will be modeling our interior selections to see how everything looks.

More to come.

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Iron Lady is for Sale



Boat name: M/V IRON LADY – FPB64-3

Designer: Steve Dashew
Builder: Circa marine and Industrial – New Zealand
LOA: Approximately 19.85 meters without swim platform
Beam: 5.42 meters
Draft: 1 meter canoe body – 1.37 meters Skeg
Displacement: Full load 40,000Kg
Launched: February of 2011


Basic hull and structure Is welded aluminum including superstructure with two full water tight bulkheads and two half height water tight bulkheads. Bottom is 12 mm aluminum plate. Integral aluminum tankage for water and diesel form a double bottom between the two full height water tight bulkheads. 20 mm tempered windows, full set of stormboards.

Matching grey tread master decking on exterior decks. External handrails, stanchions and foremast, et al are 316 L stainless steel.

Interior finish is stained cherry wood veneer and timber, Ultraleather headliner and hull panels, striated vinyl wall covering on bulk heads, Hi Mac counter tops, Flexco flooring with area carpeting. Color scheme is neutral beiges with accent pillows against rich cherry wood.


Main engine – John Deere 6068 SFM – M1 rating – approximately 230 horsepower. New in 2011. Diesel fuel, ZF280 V 2.556 to 1 reduction transmission with Drive Saver, Nibral 4 blade prop and 3 blade spare prop, Aquamet shaft with PSS shaft seal, Spurs line cutter. Max speed approximately 11 knots – normal cruise of 9.6 knots at 1650 RPM. Fuel consumption 19 to 25 liters per hour. Cruising range – approximately 7000 miles. 2340 Hours on engine – September 2014.

Service performed in 2014 – new water pump, oil and filter change, replace zincs, adjust valves,replace belts and belt tensioners, replace drive saver, replace PSS dripless shaft seal, rotate shaft, tune and dynamically balance prop, replace aft cutlass bearing, replace Spurs line cutter, complete bottom job, replaced all worn zincs, replace all primary and secondary fuel filters.

Get Home Drive – Installed 2013. 100 HP Yanmar diesel on a lay shaft with Gori 2 speed folding prop. Propels boat at approximately 7.5 knots.

All raw water cooling needs served thru single sea chest with clean out above the waterline and dual heavy duty strainers isolated by valves.

Steering system – single rudder with dual, independent Kobelt steering cylinders. Teleflex manual helm pump as back up to dual autopilot system.

Bow Thruster – 24 volt 136 Kg thrust. Props and zincs replaced in September of 2014.

Stabilization – Naiad 302 hydraulic stabilizers with 9 sqft fins and adaptive control driven off main engine. Hydraulic oil hull cooled. Port cylinder and port and starboard fin position potentiometers replaced, actuators removed, bearings inspected and seals replaced all in 2014.

Internal safety systems – fuel system, engine room air intake and automatic fire suppression system can all be remotely activated outside of engine room. CO detector. Engine room heat sensors, complete engine alarms along with other monitoring integrated to Maretron system. Complete oat security system including deck motion sensors and main door.

Reverso oil change pump with valved manifold serving genset, main and main transmission.

24 volt Kabola diesel fired boiler for hot water and boat heating.

Murphy gauges tied to Maretron system for main engine oil level, gear pressure, coolant temp and coolant level.


240 Volt – All 240 Volt systems (aircon, watermaker, induction cooktop, Speedoven, washer and dryer) run on 240 volts – 50 or 60 Hz. 3 – 240 volt 3KW Victron inverters provide power from the 24 volt DC battery system and support shorepower or the 11.6 KW 60 Hz generator.

120 volt – dedicated 120 volt 60 cycle 2KW Victron inverter for 110 volt domestic loadspowered byt the 24 volt DC battery bank. Separate small inverters for key electronics.

24 volt – 12 Hoppecke traction style batteries provide 1200 amp hours of capacity at 24 volts. Batteries were new in 2011. 2 serpentine belt driven 28 volt Electrodyne alternators on the main engine provide a combined output of 7.4 KW (300 amps at 28 volts) thru two heavy duty remote mounted rectifiers while underway. This is sufficient to run all key 120 volt and 240 volt systems via the inverters while underway and recharge the batteries with some power management without running the genset . The inverters also recharge the house bank via external shorepower or the generator. Inverter bypass switch.

12 volt – Two 8D batteries (new 2011) provide power for engine and genset starting as well as 12 volt power points throughout the boat. 110 volt battery charger and 24 to 12 volt converter charger, battery disconnects and parallel switch with center tap from house bank.

Generator – 11.6 KW Cummins Onan Generator – new 2011, approximately 1770 hours September 2014. New belt and waterpump installed in 2014.

110 Volt, 240 volt, 24 volt and 12 volt plugs are located strategically throughout the boat.

Two main power panels – one near helm and one in aft crew quarters. Dual pole breakers disconnect both legs on AC and DC circuits. Remote Blue Sea disconnects for all 24 Volt high amp DC circuits and devices.


Fuel – Fuel Capacity is 12,800 liters in two main tanks, two trim tanks and day tank. Tanks are integral aluminum. High capacity fuel transfer/polishing system with two geared Oberdoerfer pumps, polishing filtration and debug system allowing transfer from any tank to any tank via valved manifolds. Day tank topped up automatically with pump running, low level, fill level and high level alarms. Manifold from day tank to all primary consumers with dual Racor filtration on main engine and additional filtration to other diesel consumers.

Freshwater – 6800 liters in two integral aluminum tanks plus separate PVC galley tank for filtered water.

Blackwater – Two PVC tanks – approximately 150 liter capacity each – one serving the master head and one serving the aft head. Vacuflush heads with valving for direct overboard discharge, discharge to holding tanks with overboard and deck pumpouts. Filtered air breathers.

Tank Tender level indicator for blackwater, freshwater and diesel tankage.


Bilge Pumps – Electric pumps – 2 in engine room, 1 in forepeak, 1 in basement with roving hose and connections to stabilizer cofferdams. 1 Pacer hydraulic damage control pump (600 liters per minute) plumbed to forepeak, living areas and engine room. Manual/automatic control on all pumps plus high water alarms.

Fresh Water System – Two Headhunter pressure pumps. 55 liter stainless water heater with dual 2000 watt elements with heat exchanger that is part of the Kabola diesel boiler/engine waste heat circuit for hot water.

Sea Recovery 60 gallon per hour RO water maker with fresh water flush, primary filtration, oil/water separator, plankton filter, charcoal filter and UV sterilizer plumbed to all potable water tankage via valved manifold. Membranes replaced in 2013, filters serviced annually.

Deck wash (salt and freshwater wash down spigots) in forepeak and BBQ locker on aft deck.

Freshwater deck shower on aft swim platform with hot and cold mixer valve.


Stainless deck stanchions with stainless lifeline system. Boarding gates port and stbd on aft deck and from swim platform.

Aft deck propane BBQ with freshwater sink and hot and cold water.

Large storage lockers either side of swim step.

Primary ground tackle consists of 110KG self launching Rocna anchor with 107 meters of 3/8 inch HT chain, Maxwell V4000 24 VDC windlass with chain counter and controls at fly bridge and main helm. Fortress F80 and F125 anchors for kedging/storm use with 120 meters of hi modulus line and two shots of chain. Aft deck Lewmar self tailing #48 winch for hoisting dinks, kedging and breast lines, three manual, self tailing two speed Lewmar #40 winches for dock line control.

Full assortment of 7/16 high modulus and 7/8 inch dual braid lines for docking and other uses.

Galerider storm drogue and Parachute anchor.

6 person Canister Switlik liferaft – serviced September of 2014. Horseshoe throw collar with strobe and floating safety line on aft deck pushpit. 4 Baltic inflatable PFD’s, 4 orange PFD’s. Flare kit for dinghy and boat – not expired.


Shorepower – Shorepower is isolated via an isolation transformer. Dual shorepower connection points in the forepeak and on the aft deck accept either 30 amp (110V) or 240 volt inputs (50 or 60 Hz). Inverters can be adjusted to support available incoming amperage. Full set of shore power cords and international adapters.

Tender: Custom built welded aluminum dinghy with two aft seats, center console with storage lockers and stowage forward for anchor and spare prop. 30 HP 2 cycle Yamaha motor with controls on center console, Garmin GPS/depth sounder. Safety orange fold away dodger over area forward of console. Heavy integrated flotation/bumper around gunnels. Custom dinghy chock for tender. Launch and retrieve via booms and aft deck winch.

Includes two stainless flopper stoppers for use at anchor and fish for use in the event of stabilizer failure. All deployed from the booms on separate pennants with rope clutches.

Large integrated swim platform aft with steps from aft deck. Stainless swim ladder, aft deck shower and lifelines on pelican clips for easy access to dinghy/docks.

Covers for BBQ, dinghy console and flybridge helm/eating area – new September of 2014.


Furuno Navnet 3D Black Box with depth sounder, GPS, 12 KW open array radar and 24 inch radome with ARPA. Separate MFD on flybridge. Furuno system integrated with MaxSea Time Zero running on included laptop at main helm. Chart packs for New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, west coast of North America from Panama Canal to Alaska.

Maretron system with N2K, IPG and too many sensors to mention. Integrated with engine J box, Airmar weather station, GPS, depth, key system alarms and warnings. Two color DSM 250’s – one on fly bridge , one at helm. N2K and IP Gateway allow generation of custom screens which can be displayed on monitors or over the on board Wifi network to an Ipad or smart phone.

Furuno CH270 Searchlight scanning sonar

3 analog IR/visual cameras – one engine room, one looking aft, one looking forward fed in to NavNet3D

AIS Class B – integrated with MaxSea and Navnet 3D

Dual Icom DSC VHF’s at main helm with command mike on flybridge. Includes Hailer.

3 Monitors at main helm display Navnet data, Maxsea Time Zero data, Furuno scanning sonar data and Maretron data – powered by independent inverter.

Dual autopilots – each completely redundant on separate Hynautic circuits with dual Kobelt cylinders. Primary Comnav system with TS 202 lever steering and Commander control head at main helm and 200 series remote auto/lever steering on fly bridge. Backup is a WH autopilot at the main helm. Normal operation is by fly by wire or autopilot mode. Teleflex manual helm pump with wheel for emergency use.

Icom M802 SB with DSC integrated with Pactor 3 USB modem for Sailmail, GRIB files, weather et al. Ported to 27 inch Imac in ship’s office.

FB150 Fleetbroadband global satellite internet and phone system. Can be ported to Imac or Peplink router.

Peplink MAX HD router – accepts two cellular sim cards for data, two WAN ports, 2 Wifi ports, 4 port wireless router for on board network.

Bullet style Wifi signal booster ports to Peplink WAN port with external antenna.

Wilson 3G cellular booster boosts signal to sim card in router and cell phones with external antenna.

27 inch IMAC computer in office running Parallels desktop for Windows applications with printer.

Laptop at main helm station runs MaxSea Time Zero, Maretron N2K software and Victron inverter interface.

Electrolysis monitor

CO monitor

Security system consisting of deck motion sensors, salon door sensor, horn and light alarm alert – activated via remote key fob.


Galley – Miele Speed oven (convection, conventional, microwave), Diva 4 burner induction cooktop, Fisher Paykel single drawer dishwasher, Broan trash compactor in basement.

Refrigeration – Custom refrigerator (roughly 348 Liters) and freezer (roughly 240 liters) in galley and second custom freezer in basement (roughly 162 liters). Each box cooled by a 24 volt Danfoss compressor with controls in the ships office. Cooling is via keel coolers mounted in freshwater tank aft of cofferdam.

Other galley items included – Bread maker, toaster, dishes, glassware, stainless flatware, pots and pans, storage containers. Primary excluded items are cutlery and assorted utensils.

Air conditioning – 240 volt reverse cycle Klima air conditioning units – all fresh water cooled via hull cooling using cofferdam and forward water tank. 2 independently controlled units in the salon and one forward in the master stateroom and one aft. Fan only and dehumidification modes in addition to heat and cool. Dual self priming Primetime pumps on pump relays.

Hot water heat with thermostatically controlled fan coils throughout the boat. Kabola hot water loop heats domestic water as well. Heat sources include the Kabola diesel boiler and engine waste heat exchanger. Manifold to bypass heating loop for summer operation.

Asko full size washer and dryer

Wet head aft with sink, Vacuflush head and shower. Sink and shower drain overboard via Whale Gulper pumps.

Master has separate tub/shower, toilet compartment with Vacuflush head and vanity with sink integrated in to the stateroom. Shower and sink discharge overboard via Whale Gulper pumps.

Central vacuum system with two pickup points –one forward – one aft.

Entertainment system – Stereo system with RCA jack inputs for Ipod etc. 5.1 system when connected to TV. Pop up 40 or 42 inch LCD TV. Separate Blueray player. Car style stereo with amplifiers accepts front inputs from Ipod et al, standard DVD’s and CD’S.


Stidd helm Chair
Seat covers, table cover and runners
Very Extensive Complement of Spares
Comprehensive complement of power tools and hand tools included
Operations Manual
Electrical Systems Drawings
Cataloged manuals and Product data sheets on all systems and installed items
All towels, bedding, sheets, pillows duvets and covers included.
Huge basement storage area under salon


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Halloween 2014

Still have a few more posts to do on British Columbia which I will get to shortly (the big lie). Fall has come to Western Pennsylvania and the foliage has been great this year. So a few pictures.

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Our children were home this past weekend which is a rare treat these days. Missing is daughter Lisa.

First a picture that they will probably regret.

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One they will probably not like but prefer.

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From left to right is our son George with his bride Gel, next is daughter Kim, then her friend Daria and finally son Pete.

We decided to have a pumpkin carving contest.

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I think you will find the results pretty impressive.

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We will probably not get to have everybody together again until early 2015 so it was great fun and very special to have everyone here. As lives become more complicated and families scatter, you find that its not the day that is important – its just the opportunity to be together.

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