Thanks for sharing your thoughts on upgrading equipment
. I won't buy into the drogue
"what ifs", except to say that Timbenner's strengthening should be done to all 6 cleats
as well. They could all do with extra glass and backing plates
. Quite easy for all except the mid ship cleats
We are looking for a symmetrical spinnaker
or Parasailor for DDW sailing as we have a gennaker
already and believe these options may be better than a code O.
The No3 reefing lines could be useful but will be very long. I hope that they don't get tangled when fully raising and dropping the main.
I'd also suggest to buy the necessary tools and exorbinately priced Yanmar
to be able to self repair the cone clutches on your SD50
saildrives. These can decide to slip at inconvenient times. Unless you wish to try to find mechanics who know how to do this job in foreign countries, it's best to do it yourself. Especially as you intend to set up a workshop in the port forward cabin
I'm interested on your decision to take both SCUBA compressor
and a hookah unit. That's a lot of gear
. I'm a keen SCUBA
and free diver, but despite having spent a fair bit of time on Hookah, I'm not a fan. Unless you like to battle the kraken of Hookah hoses and have someone happy to stand watch over your compressor
unit at all times, I'd leave this bulky beast at home.
Like you, I'm also looking at replacing my gel house bank with lithium (LiFePO4) batteries. I'm about to try navigate the range of expert opinions regarding just how to do this. I'm keen to share advice regarding the compatibility of various components with these new batteries. My boat has 2 Cristec 40amp battery
chargers, 80amp Hitachi alternators and gel start batteries. Thinking of 400AH of lithium to replace 540AH of gel.
Katsumi may have some knowledge and experience to share regarding a lithium upgrade on a L400?
Good luck Scottster, you've got a lot of work to do!