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Old 04-10-2010, 07:42   #61
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well i am close to putting in our order for a new 395
i have had my testsail in the north sea in winds off 20-45 knots.
and the boat sails very nice. only 2 revs in the main was all we had up. and the boat uses autopilot all the time,
We had an Beneteau oceanis 411 clipper before. The Ovni sails better,softer, then this one. wind in on 90-120 deg we did from 8-10 knots with the keel board up Nice ride.

and for those how like to check stabilyty..

Angle of Vanishing Stability

put in the figures here. i came to 126 deg.
but the thing is is you pull the keel up it will slide off like an egg in big heavy waves. nice and easy.
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:42   #62
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You lucky monster. I wish I had an OVNI. That's my top dream boat on my list.
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well i am close to putting in our order for a new 395
i have had my testsail in the north sea in winds off 20-45 knots.
and the boat sails very nice. only 2 revs in the main was all we had up. and the boat uses autopilot all the time,
We had an Beneteau oceanis 411 clipper before. The Ovni sails better,softer, then this one. wind in on 90-120 deg we did from 8-10 knots with the keel board up Nice ride.

and for those how like to check stabilyty..

Angle of Vanishing Stability

put in the figures here. i came to 126 deg.
but the thing is is you pull the keel up it will slide off like an egg in big heavy waves. nice and easy.

Congratulations on the yacht
Ovnis are fantastic yachts you see a lot of them in the real cruising grounds and the owners are always full of praise for them.
I think aluminium is best material to build a cruising yacht.

I do think however your calculation of the AVS is a bit optimistic. The only published figures I have seen from Ovni are for the Ovni 385 which has an AVS of 100 degrees. Many have made long voyages and I have only heard of one severe knockdown so I do not think their stability is a problem, but the enclosed ballast and lifting keel do have an effect on the AVS.
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yes 100 degress is what Ive read, which is why Ovni are sensitive to it.

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yes 100 degress is what Ive read, which is why Ovni are sensitive to it.

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did you ever sail one or just go by the figures
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One other thing about Ovnis (or any alu boat) to keep in mind:

I have been in Cherbourg a lot this year (three round trip crossings) and always noticed that in Cherbourg Harbor there are tons of Ovnis.

You can see the paint flaking off them, even fairly new ones, as the aluminum corrodes very aggressively.

I would keep that in mind for anyone contemplating purchasing one. Lovely boats, though.
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Yes Ive sailed two. great boat , just commenting on the AVS numbers. Equally theres far more to a sailing boat than a mere set of numbers.

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Don't care. Want one bad. Very bad. As for corrosion, just have to be careful. They also have a meter on them to measure stray current and the like. And they take great care for wiring during manufacturing. Painting? Not for me. I'd also go for a carbon fiber mast without stays or schrouds as well

Please give me your ovni if you don't want it.

The reason you don't see ovni owners on this forum much is they are sailing and don't have any problems worth researching or sharing
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My understanding of the aluminum hulls is that the area of concern is below the water line, from galvanic corrosion, whereas flaking paint on the deck is largely a cosmetic issue. Maybe I'm wrong?
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Anyone from the superyacht industry or airline maintainance will tell you how difficult it is to paint aluminium and have the coating stand up to all weather. Paint flaking off aluminium is generally a bonding/application issue and is nothing to do with corrosion. Steve Dashew has it right dont paint the things at all.

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yup. most alums aren't painted these days. corrosion - stray current + metal galvanic issues.
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Cannot remember ever seeing a painted Ovni.....
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Cannot remember ever seeing a painted Ovni.....
i sailed on them and the last one a couple months ago just had the whole deck repainted.
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i sailed on them and the last one a couple months ago just had the whole deck repainted.
I was refering to the hull.... not the anti slip paint on deck
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Indeed boatman! I insist on persian carpets on my own OVNI!

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