Congratulations on your new Baby. I studied long and hard to pick my Helia. It is a lot of boat for the money
, and they sail even better than they look.... Just trying to help: While you are still there, here are some things that maybe F.P. could attend to for you..
As a crazy marine
engineering sort the only fault I really have is for the Tropical regions: F.P. should offer a "Tropicalized package" of upper vents to match the lower vents for fridge freezer
units, with natural convection the heat going out the top vents will pull cooler air in the bottom and make the unit operate more efficiently in the tropics.. AND there are no hatches you can leave open, without risk of rain damage if you are not there, so this is what I have designed to suit Tropical climes: Up under the front eyebrow over the two opening hatches either side of the mast
, you really could use a matching Lewmar hatch
about 200 high and 400 wide, one each side.. I forget the exact measurements but they match the width and style of existing.. I ordered them to match colour and width with screen
than can stay open even in hard rain if you are not there... (Covered by the Helia eyebrow in the front).. Then: A third one over the galley
, cut into the fixed Lexan
window panel up very high on the right hand side of the sink on that fixed window, same matching, and the whole bridge deck
will have good ventilation even when closed up. This will save the main power drain of the refrigeration.. as closed up it gets about 5-8 degrees warmer in there if you are not there.
I have order all three, matching style and size to the existing, in black framed Lewmar
. (special order). F.P. might be able to help you with this while you are still there??
I am adding some finishing touches to mine as we speak. Spectra "Cape Horn Extreme" DC water
maker. That and I shifted my Kobra2 and 30 metres of chain/ 100 M 18mm nylon over to a secondary. I loaded my primary today, 80 Metres of chain on my 33 kg Rocna
, a big job. In three Clubs, since I am not familiar with the high windage of a Cat, about a dozen experienced Charter
Skippers and some that had the done the Whitsunday dozens of times over 20 years, convinced me that 60 meters was coastal cruising length, and they suggested 100 meters of chain for the Pacific. It tipped me to a middle ground of 80 meters on my main hook. 11 major monohulls, but I sought their counsel on my first biiig Cat the Helia.. Loaded and rigged just today..
I have been playing with the latest technology in solar
. I have not come to a decisive plan yet, but stay tuned,, heh he. For instance right now I have added some five way fold out portable panels
, 120 watts each, in addition to the 4 - 80 watt panels
installed by FP. Right now on my Dodge Ram, the back as a white fibreglass Leer canopy, and I am playing with a 240 watt flexible thin panel sika-flexed down on the white fibreglass. It is applicable to our needs, in that has a waffle core
, about the same heat sink as the decks of the Helia on foam core
. I am feeding a set of Lithiums in the bed
on a bed
slide out of the Dodge Cummins Diesel
Ram, running a South African stainless fridge-freezer. First check at about 10:30 on Friday I tested the output for the first time, at 10 amps. That was not at peak time of the day, nor peak time of the season, so I estimate about 12 amps. Next I will play with the ability to walk on the flexible panel, and think about deck
space..? Maybe... I push the applicable science as a hobby..
Anyway, extra solar
is an advantage in my experience..
Anyway, you have a GREAT BOAT there!! Let me know if I can help, I explore possibilities a little more than most. For instance: There are some hidden access points I can help with, and some fairly large dead space areas. I have explored with a fibre-optic unit, and I have some interesting routing ideas..
, I have designed a way to get another internal halyard
for an aso or spinnaker
, without cutting a new slot. That and a few other interesting mods I have been playing with. Let me know if I can help in any way. I have done a bit of study and playing with it all. FYI Mine has full Garmin
Nav and Radar
, two Garmin
stations up and down, full instruments interfaced. I replaced the fridge in the galley
with a freezer
, the Isotherm
full freezer is EXACTLY the same size, just get the door swing right...
Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS THERE.. You have the pick of the litter. I am happy to help if you want a sounding board.. Kind regards, Helia 44