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Old 04-10-2007, 20:20   #1
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Haul Out, On The Hard, Antifoul & Winter Storage

can anyone suggest a place to haulout and re rig near annapolis?....jt
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Old 13-11-2007, 13:16   #2
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Cortez Marina in Bradenton Fl. Very friendly people,and very professionnal.it was a little tight to get in there....few repairs beeing done too.JC.
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Old 14-05-2009, 16:16   #3
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Bayview Slipway Marine Services. Tel 9997 8588. Lowest quote, friendly and helpful operators. I also had the engines serviced at the same time.

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Old 05-10-2009, 09:03   #4
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New Mahe Garage

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Well it's a sad day when you have to put the Mahe away for the winter.
But there is one upside. We did gain a new Garage

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Do you take the Mahe out of the water because it freezes or because of snow weighing the boat down?

I have a new appreciation of the joys of a warm climate !!!
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:47   #6
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North East USA winter weather

Daniel,

Our North East USA winter weather gets to cold to go sailing and sometimes the water freezes which will wear off your bottom paint. You have to winterize your engines, toilets and water systems with eco-friendly antifreeze, so no hoses freeze and rupture. The boating season up here starts in April and ends in November which is about 7 months.

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The boating season up here starts in April and ends in November which is about 7 months.

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Mark,

You are a sturdier man than me! April and November are for eskimos in CT. May and October push the limits for me. BTW, where did you haul the boat? Doesn't look like Noank Shipyard from the pics, but they are the only ones with a wide enough travelift.

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You are a sturdier man than me! April and November are for eskimos in CT. May and October push the limits for me. BTW, where did you haul the boat? Doesn't look like Noank Shipyard from the pics, but they are the only ones with a wide enough travelift.

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Noank Shipyard in Mystic CT wanted $2,400 for winter storage.
We went up the CT river past Hamburg Cove to:

Chester Marina
72 Railroad Ave, Chester, CT 06412 (860) 526-1661
Lift Well opening 20' 5" Travel lift 22"
They only charge $980
And they are much better to deal with.
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Noank Shipyard in Mystic CT wanted $2,400 for winter storage.
We went up the CT river past Hamburg Cove to:

Chester Marina
72 Railroad Ave, Chester, CT 06412 (860) 526-1661
Lift Well opening 20' 5" Travel lift 22"
They only charge $980
And they are much better to deal with.
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Did they have to grease you up to get you in there ?

Noank Shipyard can be an awful place to deal with. The people are nice, but will pick your pocket any chance they get - you have to watch them like hawks for overcharges.

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Old 18-11-2009, 16:39   #10
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Cheap solar panels for topping off your batteries during winter storage

Mahe’s

Added two Solar Panels to keep the batteries fully charged during winter storage.
Batteries do not freeze if they stay fully charged.

Every time I check on the boat I see the charge at 12.8 to 14.1 volts, so they are working great.

I purchased these two on eBay for around $30 each with shipping.
If you go to www.ebay.com and type VW Solar Panel in the search window, a bunch will come up.

There is an older 3 watt model and the newer 4 watt model, which are the ones I purchased.
They come with a red CAN-BUS interface plug on the end which has nothing but a red and black wire in it.

Open up the grey plastic box and cut the red and black wire leading to the red CAN-BUS interface plug.
Twist or solder 8 feet of 18 gauge speaker wire keeping the red copper speaker wire connected to the red wire on the circuit board.
Now connect the Silver speaker wire to the black circuit board wire.

Now add a red and black Car Battery Clips to the other end.

Zip tie the panels to your Davits
Clip the red to the + on the battery and the Black to the on the battery and you are done.

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Mahe on the Beach

Mahe’s,

Here are some good pictures of a Mahe on the Beach.
Stern to instead of Bow to the beach.
Nice to know if you need to paint or do some bottom cleaning and maintenance.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i3.ytimg.com/vi/rGLT43MX_Uw/default.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.youtube.com/user/locationdecatamaran&usg=__PTrxuDzzTcH5ulQKtpIeZ7eU 1BA=&h=90&w=120&sz=2&hl=en&start=139&um=1&itbs=1&t bnid=hUjNp1DOyHTRVM:&tbnh=66&tbnw=88&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmahe%2B36%26ndsp%3D18%26hl%3Den%26sa% 3DN%26start%3D126%26um%3D1

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Do you think it is a good idea to have that boat resting only on its keels and rudders? Is there some other support under there that I am missing?
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Hi Lori,
The ships are designed so that they only stand on the keels, the rudders are too fragile and pointed.
Fountaine Pajot have their new ships standing on their keels at the wharf and before launching. On wood. The sand is softer.
We have already put our ship on tidal sand a few times, the last time for cleaning the slime off the coppercoat, and to change the propellor anodes. Lots cheaper than hiring a crane!
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Old 09-01-2010, 09:29   #14
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Beaching a catamaran

Dear fellow sailors

It has been a pleasure for me to read this forum, thank you all. I hope one day to be sailing the Mahe 36 too as it appears to be a wonderful boat. I have sailed my 10.3 m Simpson designed catamaran for quite some years. My thought was to contribute to this forum with my hard learned lessons on beaching a cat.

Fixed keeled cats are very good at beaching. However there are a few safety issues that has to be considered when doing so. First choosing the right beach is important. The right beach has sand and no stones. It is a little steep (slope) and it is situated in a sheltered bay. It is also good if there is no current running along the beach. Also choose a place with no commercial traffic (=big waves!)

Next is the correct timing of the beaching. You must know whether it is springtide or neptide(? Is that the name in english) . If you are going from springtide towards neptide, you have to be careful NOT to set the boat on the hard at max high tide. In this situation wait at least 1 hour after high tide, before beaching the boat. Failing to do so might keep you on the beach for 2 weeks! So check the tide and the tide heights on the days involved.

Approaching the beach at 1-2 kn at an right angle, bow first. Have an aft anchor with lots of rope ready. Approx 50 meters before the expected landing - drop your anchor. Continue until the boat softly sets. Keep the engines and propellers running at idle speed for about 10 min. Set a front anchor or tie to a tree. Now pull and set the aft anchor. You are now safe and can reverse procedure when leaving.

Do NOT try stern first beaching as the rudders will be damaged in case of the water comes back with strong winds and waves (I tried losing a rudder this way). Also parking parallel along with the beach is a very bad idea (I tried losing a keel this way!).

Being able to beach the catamaran is a big advantage of this vessel. Keeping the above in mind will make it a great pleasure too.

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Beaching the boat is very easy. However it is better to use a beach with a little slope than a flat one. This way the aft end of your boat will be lifted off the ground long before you can sail away and therefore you will not risk grounding on your way out (taking the ground on a flat surface is no fun with a cat). Also if you have a faraway horizon, it will means that strong winds (big waves) might follow the water back! So better find a small bay instead. Near the Singapore courseway (east) is a very good place. I will try to place a couple pics of my boat on the beach. How do I do that?

Leong Hun send her regards to you too. Yes, I sailed my boat in five wonderful years of tropical paradise. Then I (the boat) stayed another 8 year in Malaysia. Now I'm "boatless"

We would like to meet up with all of you passing thru Singapore. Just email when here. jiv@mail.dk

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