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Old 06-06-2011, 20:19   #1
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Exterior Improvements

In the spirit of the companion thread on interior improvements, here's a thread starter on improvements to the exterior of the Orana.
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Old 06-06-2011, 20:23   #2
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Re: Exterior Improvements - Safety

When my wife crossed the Atlantic in ile de Grace, she realized that handholds on the deck were sorely lacking. We added S/S handholds all around, and also cut out a handhold on the outboard starboard edge of the cockpit roof, a handhold that is used every time we go aft from the helm station to the transverse walkway at the stern. Finally, she added a handhold at the helm station -- we don't know how folks without this manage to hold on!

You can't have too many handholds on a passage-making vessel.

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Old 06-06-2011, 20:32   #3
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Re: Exterior Improvements - Reefing

Again, on her transatlantic, Jennifer struggled with the reefing system, having to go to the mast to manage both the luff and leach lines. After some consultation, she arrived at the following solution, where blocks at the base of the mast are used to turn the reef lines back to the helm station ... we now have blocks on the three luff reef points, as well as the factory-installed blocks on the leach line reef points, and all the lines come back to the cockpit and to two three-line clutch cleats.

Once reefed safely, as conditions permit, we do go forward to the mast and engage the factory-installed jam cleat at the mast-end of the boom, and also secure the luff reef point using a sail tie. We then ease the tension on the helm station clutch cleat and thus avoid any chafing that might otherwise occur if the reef lines were permitted to remain on the mast-based turn blocks for an extended period.

If you do this, don't forget to fill the foam core interior of the salon roof with epoxy before installing the clutch cleats. By careful positioning, you can line this up so that the clutch cleat lies just inboard of the existing single clutch used for the main halyard. See the interior picture, situated just forward of the stove.

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Old 06-06-2011, 20:37   #4
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Re: Exterior Improvements - Strength

On her crossing, Jennifer watched in horror as the stanchion below the mainsheet traveler pulled clean away from its base at the aft center of the the cockpit. For the rest of the crossing, they positioned the boom at one end or the other of the traveler, and prayed that the cockpit roof would not pull away. Apparently, FP had run into earlier problems with the traveler pulling away from the rooftop, so they beefed up the through-bolts, effectively transferring the load to a welded bolt at the base of that center stanchion.

FP responded immediately and sent a replacement stanchion to Bermuda, and it was replaced. We saved the "old" stanchion, and ended up doubling down on the traveler support by adding an additional stanchion at the starboard corner of the chaise lounge area.

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Re: Exterior Improvements - Misc.

Solar panels, an extra rope bag, and a sunshade over the bow area, secured at the mast, the jibstay, the shrouds, and the front bow seats.

The solar panels are on a S/S archway, made by the folks at KATO in Annapolis MD. They did an amazing job custom fitting high-grade S/S to our stern. It also has a supplemental dinghy davit arrangement, as well as a hoist for our outboard.

The sunshade was fabricated by Glenn Housley, of Housley Sails in Annapolis. It hangs tight and secure in 25-30 knot winds, and provides a nice blanket of shade.

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Re: Exterior Improvements - Scupper Leak

We noticed that water in our port hull, and traced it, eventually, to hairline cracks in the scuppers. The water would wick through these cracks, and run into the port hull, just under the aft cabin seat.

We tried to epoxy them, but the boat works too much, so the easy and to-date lasting fix was to "paint" some 5200 onto the interior of the scupper.

Flexible, and no leaks!

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Re: Exterior Improvements - Misc.

Hi Jon, do you have any additional pics of the solar panel arch or even a design diagram I could use? What solar panels did you install? Thanks Paul
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Re: Exterior Improvements

Hi Paul -- send me a private message and happy to send some more pics ... I do not have the design, but perhaps if you contact KATO Marine in Annapolis, MD, USA, they would be willing to share ...

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Re: Exterior Improvements

Hello Jon,
Can you tell of your experience with the solar panels and your electrical demand? What rating panels are you using? Is the location fairly shadow free?
We are considering an Orana but havr real concerns over the exposed helm position - any comments? We have spent a number of years cruising our cat in the Ocean Ocean and the weather is a big issue. We cruised on an Island Spirit that we fitted a hard top - I still feel the arrangement is excellent as the helm is pretty well protected with a slide in windscreen.
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