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Old 08-05-2012, 15:54   #151
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Hi Yeloya,
My wife and I will be picking up a new boat from La Rochelle in April/May 2013 and as yet, have not placed our order. We plan to purchase a boat of the same size 43' - 44' as we find this is a very manageable size for just the two of us.

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Old 10-10-2016, 11:37   #152
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I visited an Orana 44 at the sailboat show in Annapolis this weekend. I liked everything I saw but it occurred to me that the ventilation in the salon was limited and that it would heat up pretty easily. Any experiences related to ventilation in the salon? Thank you.
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Hello Gator sailor

Ventilation ,,,like in most production boat is indeed weak But it is easy to remediate , Cowl , dorade box , solardriven fan , extra hatches and portholes, fans , air conditioning .
What work best in the sunny tropical places is a large sun awning over the boom which allows you to keep hatches open , Some sailmakers in the Caribbeans are specialized in making them and making them look good.
However the issues I had with the Orana / Salina - between 2006 and 2010 are a bit more complicated to solve , The boats were badly built , So very little support for the mast , very weak main bulkhead , and the mast bulkhead floating between the two hulls , Boats were bending , flexing, cracking . The junction of hull and counter mold was... a disaster ,As a dealer importer I got sued and lost because the builder did not want to do warranty work in the US ,,, So as you can see I am not a big fans of these boats . Mahe , Orana , Salina and Eleuthera , They are PoS
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Old 10-10-2016, 21:20   #154
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We have had an Orana in the Carribean for six years and have not had issues with salon ventilation. The two hatches either side of the mast allow adequate air movement.

The suggestions of widespread issues by the previous poster are not borne out by reality. We attended two rendevous with other owners and everyone was happy with their boats.


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Old 11-10-2016, 18:52   #155
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Thank you Henry, appreciate your insights. The one we looked at only had a single hatch on the port side and a second one behind the mast but it did not have the third one on the starboard side of the saloon. Easy enough to remedy.
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I'm just about to purchase a 2009 Orana 44 and was doing a bit of web searching on the Volvo D2 40 engine and sail drive units and saw some pretty disturbing stuff. Can any of you seasoned Orana owners with D2 40's give me some balanced views on these engines and saildrives?

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I had 2 Orana's one from 2008 that I've sold another one from 2011 that I still keep, both D2 40 and I never had any issues with neither engines nor the sail drives. We alşso serviced a lot of Orana's being a service point and I doın't recall any specific issues with these engines or sail drives.
If the engines are not properly maintaned and serviced everything can happen on any engine or sail drive. The one that I've sold had 8.000 hours and the new owner still using them w/out any issues.
What you mean by "disturbing stuff" ?


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Yeloya, that is very comforting to know - thanks!

The disturbing stuff was along these lines: Volvo D2-40 Design Failure & Possible law suit

I discount a lot of this inflammatory type of posting, but it's good to get confirmation from someone with your amount of experience.

As you say, if you keep your equipment maintained it will treat you right.

Settlement scheduled for next Friday, so fingers crossed
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Our second Orana, this time four cabins and hull number 55 has been delivered to Marmaris last week. I didn't see it yet but my colleagues are saying that she's in very good shape after long and tiring trip from La Rochelle in record time and with very little engine hours.
Yeloya, we have just purchased hull number 55 in Auckland, New Zealand. Previously named "Maggie Rose II", now named "Chill" (appropriate renaming ceremonies were performed). Took her out for the first time yesterday and loving her so far. Only problem is a leaky hot water cylinder, but it looks like an easy fix.

Thinking of adding electric heads and a dodger at the helm (it can get rainy and cold in the NZ winter)

Any suggestions on the above would be greatly appreciated.

Anyway just thought you know that hull number 55 is in good hands and will be well looked after

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