Now that interest has been established on this thread, I'll pass on a little about our Belize:
number 110, Owner's version
Finished building July 2003
Delivered by freighter to Vancouver, BC
Outfitted by Emerald Harbor Marine
: Icom VHF
Radar/chart plotter, 110VAC wiring
Air air conditioning
, Northern Lights
, Spectra Catalina watermaker
Owner (me) installed: Skymate e-mail system, Icom
, Bose Media Center, Flat screen
TV, Four 130 Watt Kyocera solar panels
with Outback MX 60 MPPT
is Caribe C-10X with Yamaha 15 hp two stroke engine
John and Jules
Thanks for posting
to this thread.
As I recall
the steering mechanism uses a Spectra line that is supposed to be inspected and tensioned annually. I have not found any significant wear on ours yet but will definitely inspect a little closer next time. Did you replace the plastic pulleys when you put in the steel
cable? How did the auxiliary tiller work?
Thanks for posting
to this thread as well.
We also had some condensation issues during our winters in Seattle
. The starboard shroud chain plate
was covered by a small piece of wood below the false ceiling. Condensation on that component ran down the hull
and caused an unsightly stain on the bulkhead all the way to the deck through the hanging locker. I put a small plastic storage
container in the little niche behind the wood to catch the water
before it dripped down the bulkhead to solve that issue. Apparently any condensation caught in the container evaporates before causing a problem.
Leakage through the sliding door rail remains a problem with our boat as well. Fortunately our bimini
arrangement has all but stopped rain from being a problem. On the rare occasion that I spray too much water on the door while washing
, I just wipe up the drips with a rag.
I wish I had a nickel (5 U.S. cents) for every time my wife has complained about the refrigerator
. She hates having to sit on the cabin
floor and unload everything to get something out from the back. Our configuration has no hole between the freezer and refrigerator
. Identical Isotherm
compressors cool both boxes separately so battery
drain is not a major problem, especially now that we have added closed cell foam insulation
around the insides and bottom of the freezer. (One time we noticed blood leaking from the freezer into the refrigerator coming from some meat we had put on the bottom of the freezer several days earlier. Upon investigating we discovered unfrozen meat in the bottom several inches of the freezer.) We cut up an extra foam cushion for the cockpit
seats and a foam body board from Wal-Mart in Mexico
for the insulation.
My wife wants to cut our saloon table down and lower it to make a coffee table. We saw a sister ship, Rapscullion
, in La Paz
, with a cut down table so she has decided she wants a similar setup. I have resisted cutting up the beautiful wood table but may eventually have to give in to her desires.
One data point about the Belize handling: As I mentioned above Emerald Harbor Marine in Seattle, WA, outfitted our boat. Just before doing ours they had carte blanche to outfit an FP Marquesas
56 for a retired doctor. They spared no expense and really did her up well. Interestingly the two EHM workers who went out on sea trials with me to align the radar
commented that our boat sailed much better than the Marquesas
did. We saw 9.5 knots with 19 knots of wind
on the beam in Puget Sound
. Of course then we started loading her down and now we're lucky to 7.5 knots in similar conditions.
One of my biggest complaints about the boat is that I must remove the switch panel for the port engine
to check the start battery
electrolyte level. The other big complaint is having to haul out
to change sail drive oil
, which is discussed at length in the Engines and Propulsion
Systems (forum http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f54/
) and Propellers & Drive Systems forum (http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f114/
Anyone had a propellor fall off? We lost
our port propeller
in Costa Rica
and had to limp all the way to Panama
to get and install a new one. Anchoring
is tricky with only one propeller
to a dock
or getting underway with only one is also a bit tricky, especially with a cross wind
. This is also discussed at length in thread Prop Fell OFF! Help
(Prop Fell Off! Help!
We are on our second set of house batteries now. We chose to use 6 golf cart batteries in series parallel because we could find them in Manzanillo, Mexico, when the original Hoppeke 12 volt set died after 3.5 years.
To read our cruise log, visit: Log of Yachtsman's Dream
Looking forward to sharing much more on this thread.