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Old 05-02-2020, 22:47   #16
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Re: Simpson Davits Top Tips

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I do have the manual. I converted it to a PDF. Let me know if you want a copy. However, it does not have sections related to the watermaker. The boat has the 3 zones of aircon, no washing machine. I'd like to install a washing machine - i see that it would have gone in the passageway between the aft cabin and the nav station. I'll have to pull up some cabin sole to see if there is roughed in plumbing for it.
Another question - How is the headliner attached? Before I go tugging on it - some of the headliner is separating from its backing that I'll need to address, and I will need to access space above it to possibly route wiring and such...
I'm miffed that Moody didn't use hinged panels for the nav station - something else I'll want to address!

We should start an M54 forum.

No washing machine? Didn't know any M54's were built without one. The washer/dryer goes in the most forward section of the passage cabin. The space is odd shaped and I haven't found anything which will fit except the originally installed Eudora/Eumenia one. If you get something else to fit, I want to hear about it. My Eudora still works after 18 years -- and I use it a lot -- it's built like a tank -- but I don't think I can get parts for it anymore. The drain can be arranged either with a PEX pipe to the gray water tank, or direct overboard via an above the waterline through-hull. Supply is trivial; just run PEX piping from the water pressure pump manifold if there isn't piping already in place.

I solved the electrical panel issue with limiting straps made from small cordage. So you remove the screws and prop up the bottom edge in the panel opening and you can work behind the panel. I decided against hinges because there are cases where you want to remove the whole panel. I hate the screws directly into wood but haven't had time to come up with a better solution. Naturally the screws wear out the holes with time so I've gradually increased the size of them. Soon I'll need some inserts or something.

The M54 headliner panels are attached like car door panels with -- I don't know what they are called -- bumper clips or whatever. These are made of crap material which has lost its pliability and has become brittle. So you gently pry them off like you would do a car door panel, but expect to break some bumper clips. If you find an upgrade which fits I'd like to hear about it.
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Old 05-02-2020, 23:36   #17
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Re: Simpson Davits Top Tips

That's all great info Dockhead! Thanks! The previous owner had the boat built for him and evidently made some modifcations. He even flew to England to watch over the build out.
I'm up for starting an M54 thread! There are only 3 M54's that I know of in the states and I had a choice of two 2002 M54's when I bought this one - both offered for sale in Kenosha Wisconsin by their original owners. I looked at Hylas, H Rassey, Oyster, and a 2004 Beneteau 57 Center cockpit. It was love at first sight when I got on the Moody. I read all the posts on this forum comparing these yachts. Very informative. I'm very grateful to this community and look forward to contributing.
Unfortunately, she's on the hard for winter (Lake Michigan marinas freeze up in the winter!). I'll get to work on her this spring. Meanwhile, I sail my 1978 Pearson 365 Ketch in San Francisco Bay during the winter.
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