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Old 28-09-2009, 07:27   #931
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Wow, that is a weak roller poorly connected with a few threads worth of small bolts. You should not use that roller setup for any load at all except maybe to store the anchor. Any connection to a mooring ball or anchor rode should be taken by a bridle connected to more substantially mounted cleats.

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Old 28-09-2009, 12:17   #932
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I was on my boat today and check my bow roller, as I suspected, mine is welded to the cross beam. No screws or bolts.

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Yes, I use a mooring ball. Thanks for the tips on setting a bridle. I spoke to the guy who does the moorings, and have asked him to cut below where the rope had chafed, splice a loop and attach two separate mooring lines to it, which I will use as a bridle. I will also secure a third line like Scott on to the cleat where the anchor is, which I can lock for security.
Scott, can you please PM or post a pic of how you have set up your bridle? I take it that it is something that stays on your boat which you use when you tie up to a mooring ball?
I am also getting the bow roller glued, then bolted on to the beam with bigger bolts. I cannot understand why FP did not weld ours on like Scott's.

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I bought the screecher through our agents in Mooloolabah.

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Old 29-09-2009, 00:04   #935
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Square Top

Hi Jef,
my Mahe has the square top since delivery ( I had to pay extra) and I have sailed about 5000 nm so far. First of all - it is considerably faster than the standard sail, especially in light conditions. But there is no flapping, not even in heavy conditions (35-40 kts so far). In light conditions I can sail with Bahias and Belizes. My boat seems to point to windward higher, than others of this type.
The down sides are: You have to hoist the sail-head to the mast, which is not a job for small or weak person - but you could help yourself with an extra line through the batten car. The pressure momentum in the mainsail comes higher, so you should reef a little earlier, but in reality, you mostly will not need to, because the profile of the sail can be adjusted pretty good, so that you just sail a flatter profile.
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Old 29-09-2009, 08:31   #936
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I use 5/8 or 3/4 inch rope for the mooring bridal. When I know I'm going to grab a ball I tie the 2 ropes one to each bow cleat. The ropes are 50' long so when I loop the rope back to the same cleat I have about 25' length of looped rope running from the moorings eye to the cleat, now I have one side secured to the ball, I pull that side up tight so I can reach the mooring eye with the other 50' rope and then loop it thru the mooring eye and back to the cleat it was tied to and secure it. I then adjust the 2 lines to center the mooring on the boat. Since you have 2 lines independantly attached to the moorings eye then you will not have the mooring sliding along your bridal and you cut down on chafe a lot. and you'll sleep a lot better knowing if one line does come loose the other one is still attached. Moorings here have multiple eyes to tie up to. So I use an eye further down the rope to attach the 3rd "safety" line which passes thru the bowroller to the chain locker, so if the primary eye chafes thru I'm still connected with the safety line, this has saved us at least once in the past.
Hope this helps. I'm not at a mooring right now so I can't take a picture for you. PM me if you need more info.

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Old 29-09-2009, 13:17   #937
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New Riveted Bow Roller

Mahe’s

I had a real big concern with this new Bow roller design change also.
E-mailed FP to see what was behind this change.
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Dear FP,

The Anchor roller on the bow cross beam is a square part riveted on to
a round surface. This will not stand up to any real use. This is
normally welded on to the cross beam on older Mahe’s. Why the change?

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Answer from Thierry Billard at FP on my question.

Bow roller: It is not an anchor roller but a bow roller to take a line for a
Mooring
The anchor roller is brought back aft in the chain locker.

The fixation of the bow roller by rivet to the front beam has been decided
and implemented by Z Spars the manufacturer
Hope that this helps

Recommend you send pictures of your broken Bow roller to Z Spars fora warranty fix or recommended fix.
An let us know how you make out.
sales@zsparsuk.com
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Old 29-09-2009, 15:18   #938
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I really think the reply you received from an FP representive is BS. It's thier boat with FP on the side of it. Why aren't they persuing this fix for all Mahe owners Instead of passing the buck on to us. You would think they would care about thier finished product and the safety of those who use thier product and rectify this obvious flaw.

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Our bow roller is welded as well.
Seems like it was that way in the earlier Mahe's and has now been changed.


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Was the screecher made by Quantum?

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I have been following your conversations guys....by the way my bow roller is welded. I don't think FP is doing a good job with our little problems,I have had many inquiries never answered,and by the way Scott I don't know if Willmar is still the FP agent in Florida. I am still waiting for a check on the blister repair....I was in France 2 weeks ago and so the new Lipari,this boat is amazing.
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Hi JC,I also had blister problems and FP took care of the problem and send me the check.You should contact Thierry Billard directly.
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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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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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