I know this is a Lucia 40 post, but given the minimal changes for the Isla 40 I am hoping Isla 40 owners are welcome.... well not an owner yet but will be when finally built, currently finalising options.
I have been following this and the associated forums
to understand how best to setup the boat
and greatly appreciate the wealth of experience being shared. I have searched but haven't been able to answer these questions and hoping can get some owners experiences.
- Transom protection, is the factory option worth it, or is it better to look at aftermarket or fenders? DO NOT GET THE FACTORY TRANSOM PROTECTORS, THEY WILL LOOK WARPED, DULL, AND TERRIBLE IN A YEAR AND ARE REALLY TOO SMALL TO PROPERLY PROTECT. BUY CAN STYLE FENDERS YOU CAN EASILY HANG SIDEWAYS ACROSS THE STERNS.
- Transom cleats
, was thinking of leaving for it now and seeing if need them and best location. Is there access from the engine
bay to install later? YOU CAN ACCESS THE STERN TO INSTALL THE CLEATS LATER IF YOU THINK YOU NEED THEM. I DONT HAVE THEM AND CAN STILL CROOS TIE THE STERN FROM THE UPPER SIDE CLEATS.
- Factory cockpit
is saying is better than after market options, has this been others experience? I would like shelter on the sides from wind
(primarily when sailing) and shades that can be tided back to stanchions with some water proofing at anchor
which I don't think it includes. I ALSO HAVE THE FACTORY AFT SALON
ENCLOSURES. THEY FIT WELL BUT COULD BE MADE WITH MUCH BETTER MATERIALS FOR THE COST. WE USE THE SIDE PANELS
A LOT, ESPECIALLY ON CROSSING OR REALLY WINDY DAYS TO KEEP THE AFT COCKPIT
AND PASSENGERS DRY. I ALSO ADDED SUN SCREENS FOR THE SIDES. YOU WILL ALSO ALSO WANT TO HAVE THE ENCLOSURE PIECE THAT SEALS
OFF THE HELM
STAIRS AND LOUNGE SEATING AREA. WHEN IT RAINS, THIS AREA WILL BE VERY WET, IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE ENCLOSURE.
- Hardtop bimini
, is Dedicated Marine
the only supplier? Has anyone had a hardtop installed and how have they found it? I DONT HAVE A HARD TOP, THEY ARE A GREAT BUT EXPENSIVE OPTION. YOU WOULD HAVE TO FIGURE THE COST/BENEFIT TO SEE IF ITS WORTH IT FOR YOU.
table, they have gone away from the 3 stage table and gone to a coffee table as standard with optional dining but with the loss of the chart table I think I would use the table for planning and extra bench top for kitchen, do people that have them happy with them? I HAVE THE COFFEE TABLE THAT HAS STORAGE
BELOW TO FOLDING TABLE TOPS. WE RARELY EAT INSIDE AND THE EXTRA STORAGE
IS A MUST. ON THE ISLA, THE STORAGE COFFEE TABLE IS CUT DOWN BY ALMOST TWO THIRDS. IN THE END IT REALLY DEPENDS ON HOW YOU PLAN TO USE THE INTERIOR
- Isla 40 owners, has anyone gone with the optional 63L cold storage/freezer, it doesn't appear to be the same as the Lucia, ie proper freezer
with drawers. I understand is only -5oC ...
- I have found the owners manual a wealth of knowledge to understand the boat
, unfortunately in all my searching I have not been able to find the appendices for either Lucia or Isla, can anyone point me in the right direction? CONTACT FP CUSTOMER SERVICE
FOR THIS. NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IN THE APPENDICES?
, I know there are alot of different thoughts out there which through reading and looking at reviews
has lead me to the following plan for myself. I would be interested if there there is something significantly amiss with it. I'm not an ocean cruiser and not currently planning on sailing in tropical storm areas. I HAD THE FACTORY INSTALLED 45 LB DELTA
ANCHOR ON MINE. IT WOULD DRAG TOO OFTEN TO BE COMFORTABLE FOR ME. I CHANGED OVER TO A 55LB MANTUS
AND NO MORE DRAGGING ISSUES. I ALSO CARRY 300' OF CHAIN, AND 200 FEET OF RODE
. I ALSO CARRY A FORTRESS
ANCHOR, CHAIN, AND RODE FOR BACK-UP CASES.
(or other plough), 40-50m chain, +100m nylon rode. Secondary/kedge/higher winds, +25kg boltup Mantus
, 40m chain, +100m rope
wasn't an issues I would look to reduce chain size (and gypsie) to reduce boat weight and go up a couple grades in chain strength, maybe to 8mm Stainless (Cromox) for the primary and 8mm HT for the secondary.
Thoughts? Is 8mm too small for intended use even if higher grade?
Thanks again for all the information in this and other posts, and looking forward to being part of the FP community.
IF YOU DIDNT GET THE BOW SPRIT OPTION, YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER IT. IT HELPS HOLD THE TRAMPOLINE MORE FIRM WHEN GOING FORWARD, BUT ALSO GIVES YOU OPTIONS FOR ADDING A ROLLER FURLED SCREECHER, GENNAKER
GREAT BOATS, I'M SURE YOU WILL LOVE YOURS! CHEERS!