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Old 03-03-2009, 15:17   #676
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Thanks for the picture! Have you had any issues in rough seas with your solar panel mounted on the davits?
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Old 03-03-2009, 15:39   #677
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Hi Lori

No problems yet. I have been out in rough seas (short & steep) without any problem but have not done any real distance with a big following sea. I always seem to have a headwind unfortunately!

I can't see it being an issue as it is pretty high and your dingy would be copping a pounding long before the solar panel became an issue. Are you worried about salt water or actual physical damage?

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Old 03-03-2009, 15:48   #678
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I am worried about damage. When I brought my Mahe across the Caribbean sea we had some big following seas. Because we knew we were going to likely have this kind of sea we removed the dinghy and motor from the Davits before we left. We also had a pretty rough crossing from Anguilla to the BVI with 9-10 ft following seas and had left the dinghy and motor on (but well secured). It actually went very well and we didnt have any problems when we left it on. Just the same if I anticipated a rough go I would likely take at least the motor off and probably the dinghy too. That leads me to worry if I would have to take off the solar panel too. Probably not and I see lots of people with their solar panels out like that so it must not be too big an issue. Obviously with a broad beam and big bimini it also seems attractive to put it up there. ??? Just wanted to see if anyone had had issues with your set-up.
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Old 03-03-2009, 15:52   #679
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Two other items on the solar panel. My cabling does go down inside the port Davit tube as suggested by Jeff/Marin. This is neat, out of the way and takes the cable in near the battery bank. It looks like SeaDogs is rigged with the cable through the stern rail/pushpit.

Also the bright spark who did mine connected the solar charger to the auxiliary terminals on the battery bank which I discovered are wired through the house "services" relay. Hence if you trip this relay when not on the boat the solar charger was disconnected. For a while I was puzzled why the batteries did not seem to be topped up when we were not using the boat for a while.. I have rewired it to the winch terminals on the battery bank which means it is still charging when the service relay is off. I leave the winch relay on but obviously can isolate the charger with this relay if I need to.
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Well we made it back from the Bahamas (6 week holiday), what a great trip and we had very little issues, none with the watermaker, which ran like a Champ.
As promised, here are 2 pictures of the install. It is in the port hanging locker, the duct you see is for the Air Conditioning vent to the Salon, everything else is the watermaker.
I hope the pictures post OK.
Any questions, just ask.

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MKB,

Who did your solar panels ?

We are one of the other Mahes on Pittwater. Moored south of Scotland Island (2gether).

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Old 17-03-2009, 00:54   #682
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Hi Daniel
The solar panel was done when Reflexion was comissioned by EC Marine in Maloolaba. I don't know who the actual suppliers were.

I have seen 2gether moored there. Will look you up if we see you on teh water.

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Mahe 36 Catatude #096 leaving LaRochelle France today bound for Newport RI USA

Well the excitment is building. Our Captain and crew leave LaRochelle France today 4-3-09 for the journey across the Atlantic to Newport RI USA to deliver our new mahe 36 names Catatude. This trip should take 38 days.
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Congrats on your new boat! I know you've waited a while for this moment. Keep us posted on the progress.

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Scott,
Now I can contribute to the posts from a first hand perspective.
It will be nice to be touchy feely with the real boat.
Started a blog also www.sv-catatude.blogspot.com
Much to do in the next 38 days to get ready.
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Mark,

Congratulations.

What hull number is your new baby.

daniel and elaine 2gether (hull #29)
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Catatude's hull # is 96

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Spi / gennaker winch

A suggestion for those of you having a Mahe with a winch on the mast: Inspect it!
Our spinnaker winch is mounted on an aluminium support which is rivited to the mast. The bronze winch is bolted to the aluminium support with stainless steel bolts M6.
I removed the winch for greasing. The bolts were very tight. After removing the nuts I still had to use an impact driver to get them out.
There was extreme oxydation between the winch and the aluminium support. Also the bolts were solid in aluminium oxyde. There is serious pitting in the surface of the aluminium support. Gap corrosion between the aluminium and the bronze.
And our boat has been in the water for half a year....
I will mount a non-conducting gasket between the aluminium support and the winch, e.g. a one mm nylon or plastic sheet. And kit it on both sides with silicone kit. I am considering whether it is necessary to electrically isolate the 6 mm bolts from the aluminium support. Any ideas?

My suggestion is of course for the others to do the same inspection; I am glad I did not wait a year; the corrosion would have been worse.

There are maybe not so may spi's and gennakers out there; we had only the second spifurl, after Kev & Jo from Invincible. See attached picture!
Probably there are some more gennakers.
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Hi Jef & Marin,

Yes we have had the same problem, I serviced all the winches and had a problem taking that one off the mast bracket.

Congratulations to Mark, bet you cant wait...!
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Hi Jef & Marin,

For any dissimilar metal bedding I use a product called Tef-Gel www.tefgel.com

The function of Tef-Gel in eliminating dissimilar metal corrosion is the elimination of electrolytes from entering the interface of the metallic surfaces. Tef-Gel paste contains 40% PTFE powder and 0% volatile solvents, no silicones or petroleum solvents to evaporate, which would leave voids for electrolytes to be drawn into creating a galvanic cell. When both surfaces are coated and mated with Tef-Gel there are no voids for electrolytes (saltwater) to be drawn in by capillary action over extended periods of time.

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