Originally Posted by Drilith
i just completed the Maiden voyages on my new 57' here is some of the issues i found during the 7 days, 1040 Nautical mile voyages
Dirilth has pointed out something that is common with all NEW vessels from dinghies to aircraft carriers...
Boats are very complicated and take months, if not years to build.
My only suggestion is make sure you build some time into your timeline for a "Shake Down Cruise" before you take off on any long passages.
When we first accepted our Catalina
, we took it out for a two week shake down and came back with a punch list of about 15 items... Some small, other major, like a kinked fuel line from one of the fuel tanks
were it took a ninety degree turn.
Again, I am not saying the manufactures do bad work, just that over the 6-10 months that your boat was being constructed, many people layed hands on it... and some may have been interupted or forgot to finish something along the way.
We also buddy boated with a Jeanneau 57 for about 6 months in 2010. He bought the boat two months before he started cruising, thinking that since the boat had been a DEMO for a local yacht broker that all the problems were worked out...
He found out different when used the water maker while sailing down the Baja
... Someone forgot to attach the watermaker
discharge line to the thru hull
. Instead it drained into the bilge
and almost flooded his cabins.
Also he ended up re-enforceing the ladder mount on the swim platform, after it cracked. That in my opinion was poor design.
The only other thing I didn't like about the design was the steps to the forward cabins. With the doors closed, there was still a step down open to the main cabin
... It is a broken ankle ready to happen, maybe some stainless rails would keep someone from stepping into them?
Above that, the boat is beautiful, spacious and for its size easy to sail or motor