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Forum: Multihull Sailboats 18-11-2018, 18:47
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Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: Goiot Escape Hatch 42.49 Recall?

Would love to see a photo of what they sent.
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 26-10-2018, 20:01
Replies: 11
Views: 904
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: Goiot Escape Hatch 42.49 Recall?

Thank you for bring our guardian angels! We spent the summer on the hard next to Pratique in Grenada! Thanks again!
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 26-10-2018, 05:45
Replies: 11
Views: 904
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: Goiot Escape Hatch 42.49 Recall?

The boat lost last month was alerted to the problem via a bilge alarm at 2AM. At that point the lens was gone and they had a 3 sq ft hole in the side of the boat at the waterline. Given the location...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 26-10-2018, 04:48
Replies: 11
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Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: Goiot Escape Hatch 42.49 Recall?

Those are very good questions and I don't have definitive answers to either.

My boat was recently out of the water in a large yard in Grenada. I wandered around and saw three different types of...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 25-10-2018, 12:40
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Views: 904
Posted By AllenRbrts
Goiot Escape Hatch 42.49 Recall?

As a boat owner who has had a Goiot 49.42 escape hatch fail, I'm glad to see that Fountaine Pajot and Goiot are now taking this issue more serious following the loss of a boat last month from a hatch...
Forum: Weather | Gear, Reports and Resources 20-10-2018, 06:31
Replies: 7
Views: 585
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: OCENS vs. Predictwind for Iridium GO

I have an iridium Go, PredictWind and Chris Parker daily forecast. Chrisí forecast is awesome if your are in his zone. Chris gives the underlying why to the PredictWind graphics. If you want to...
Forum: Marine Electronics 11-10-2018, 20:00
Replies: 19
Views: 955
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: BEST APPS FOR IRIDIUM GO

Not going to have too much luck with web apps, but you might want to look at Ocens OneMail as an alternative to the stock Iridium application. I found that after awhile I was okay with the stock app,...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 30-09-2018, 10:21
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

Interesting idea. I would worry the lens and the frame would be too tightly connected. Acrylic and aluminum have different expansion coefficients (70 vs 22) (which I think is part of the original...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 29-09-2018, 06:49
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

The owner didn't describe it to me, so I'll speculate. If the hatch lens is gone, there is nearly a 3 sq ft hole in the boat at the waterline. There is no pump that will keep up with that large of a...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 25-09-2018, 17:04
Replies: 10
Views: 1,232
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: Just Catamarans Dania Beach FL

I would echo that they are good yard with good people. We did a bunch of upgrades to our boat last year with them. Overall work was good, any issues we had got resolved. I would say they are victims...
Forum: Fountaine Pajot 21-09-2018, 23:15
Replies: 5
Views: 732
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: Hellia 44 droping the main and reversing question

I would say both of your observations were accurate. I have an older Helia and the sail used to be slow to come down. I decreased the halyard size (14mm down to 12) and that mostly solved the...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 20-09-2018, 11:19
Replies: 146
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Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

I have had a number of folks ask for help making the "fix". I'm going to make a batch of sets complete with solvent glue and alcohol wipes. If you would like a set, the cost is what it costs me plus...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 18-09-2018, 05:47
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

I posted earlier on this thread the emails I sent and received back.
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 18-09-2018, 05:46
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

The "fix" when installed does not interfere with the normal operation of the hatch. It only contacts the frame which holds the lens, not the outer frame connected to the boat. I'm not too sure how...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 17-09-2018, 22:32
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Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

Better side view drawing...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 17-09-2018, 21:30
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Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

The glue I used is Weld-On Acrylic Adhesive #4. It softens the two surfaces and allows them to bond together rather than glued.

When we had the failure at sea, the first thought I had was to drill...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 17-09-2018, 18:16
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

The bars are not part of the fix, so those don't matter. The handles secure the bottom part of the lens to the frame.

Here is the side view I quickly sketched up for you. The frame is the frame of...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 17-09-2018, 17:34
Replies: 146
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Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

I didn't put anything on the bottom because the handles are through the lens and they provide positive locking for the bottom of the lens to the frame. The top of the lens is what comes loose and...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 17-09-2018, 13:35
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

Your post with that hunch near the beginning of this tread and the information from Tornadosailing was what motivated me to try to get to the bottom of this story.
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 17-09-2018, 10:05
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

I was able to track down the owner of the vessel and confirmed via email the breach was the starboard hull escape hatch. The boat was a 2015 FP Helia hull #105 named Marita (originally name Sputi)....
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 14-09-2018, 15:41
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

Helia hatches are just above the water level. Having the hatch higher is certainly going to have less the stress from water. The hatch lens is inset in the frame, so external pressure pushes it...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 14-09-2018, 04:43
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

That sounds like a good solution. Much better than the Goiot hatch.

I hope everybody with the Goiot hatch realizes they are just a small stripe of silicone away from a huge hole in their boat. The...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 12-09-2018, 09:37
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

I really thought long and hard on this point. I had considered the idea of glassing over the escape hatches but the two yards I spoke with would not do it for liability reasons. I was also told that...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 11-09-2018, 17:20
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

What a great blog post! Replacing the Goiot hatch is not quite as bad, but it definitely ruined our Thanksgiving Day.

What I worry about is how that glass is held into the frame. To me it just...
Forum: Multihull Sailboats 11-09-2018, 16:08
Replies: 146
Views: 22,921
Posted By AllenRbrts
Re: 44 Helia "sunk" in the Atlantic

I have seen the Lagoons with the breakable glass. What I don't know is how that glass is attached to the boat. I doubt it is bolted on. So how is it attached, is it just glued on like the Goiot...
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