Join the club.
Some advise on commisioning the boat:
Take one full day at least, without others present.
Systematically fully inspect every part of the ship for damages and functioning. Make a good list.
Example: with our boat the furler
drum probably fell on the concrete cay when the mast
was mounted by FP. This produced a dent and scratch on the lower disc of the furling
drum. Not a big issue?
The lower disc detached after a few months. This was all handled excellently by warranty, but it would have been nicer if we had discovered it at commisioning. It would have saved much time and worry.
The bimini is good but has one stupid problem. The mainsail
sheet touches the port rear side of the bimini, causing the stitching to wear through in your first year. We have put plastic tubing on the rear, however this also causes some wear to the cloth of the bimini.
What Fountaine Pajot
should do is modify the bimini. Or cheaper: to make the boom some 10 cm longer, so that the mainsail
sheet does not touch.
Some recommendations what I would do:
- Ask for a 6-fold Spinlock clutch
on the roof, or two 3-folds. I recommend 6 clutches: mainsail sheet and halyard
, 2 reefs
plus one for the 3rd reef you will put in your sail, or your next sail. (Our insurance
requires 3 reefs
for world coverage, not so for European insurance). You will have to put some extra of those grey 60 blocks on the mast
, but you can just buy these in a shop in La Rochelle.
Make sure that the clutches are mounted on the right position, on the non-sandwich part of the roof.
- Seal the wooden floor in the cabin
with some sikaflex or whatever. This prevents salt water
running under the wood. I would do this before sailing.
- I would recommend purchase
of a pan holder for the stove. If you don't have this it is difficult to cook when sailing. In France
this is called a serres casserolles. You might order it from Fountaine Pajot
, it is mounted on the bigger ships. Or you could order it from the La Rochelle branch of Bigship. Here is the product:
Serre casseroles pour réchaud 2 feux encastrable - Eno - SC4320 - Accessoires de cuisson - BigShip Accastillage - Accessoires pour bateaux
Costs maybe 100 euro.
- If you don't want your mattrasses to become mouldy: maybe you could purchase Ikea Sultan Lillaker bed
systems, 80 cm wide, for the rear beds. It's cheap
. And take a saw with you to shorten the battens. Maybe Ikea is stopping the Lillaker bed
system, I did not see it on the website anymore.
- You will need to buy a pressure regulator
. It is difficult to find other gas bottles that fit in the gas bins. Camping gas bottles are cheaper in France
- Purchase anchor
chain of your choice. The winch
takes 10 mm chain. We swapped 2 components of the anchor winch
to accomodate 8 mm manganese steel
chain to reduce weight (69 iso 119 kg for 50 meters)
- We took a car radio
and some car speakers to La Rochelle.
- We took a 50 m shore power
cable. Original is too short sometimes.
- We purchased a Handy Duck from Sweden
. When you go to England
you really need this to be able to grab the moorings using your bridle
. The Mahe is too high to reach low moorings.
- We puchased one round fender
, I think 45 cm the biggest that fits through the front hatches. We use this on the rear, very useful.
- I recommend the FP bowsprit
to be able to mount a big foresail. With or without the sail. We have the spifurl, which is really useful to get a good speed downwind. But for the cost of the spifurl you might order a simple gennaker
plus a code zero maybe.
It would be nice if we could meet on the way. We will depart from the Netherlands
around July 2. From Norway we will go to Scotland
, then Ireland
, then the Scillies islands, Bretagne, and back to the Netherlands
somewhere 2nd half of October.
You could send me a private email
through the forum to exchange contact details like phone