BB 415 it doesn't get any better!
After all the hassle during the build, it looked like the boat might be finished soon. Not so: the inverters caught fire! they had been incorrectly installed.They were eventually repaired and replaced. BB announced that the boat was finished, the boat was in it's usual grubby condition and was moored in a mud berth with hardly any warps or fenders correctly positioned. It appeared that this boat was abandoned by the builders and that nothing more was going to be done. The boat was taken; in the first 6 hours of use: the boom contacted the bimini
and destroyed 2 solar panels
. This was despite a kicker
being fitted and the topping lift
being set up by BB with a safety knot
to prevent just this! Both engines stopped charging
, the steering
developed a 'knotch' which added to the concern. The 4 forward hatches all leaked the first time a wave came over the decks, wetting the bedding in the 2 forward cabins. The anchor jumped in it's locator hitting the surround and causing local cracking and delaminating. The cockpit
drain funnelled water
from the bridge up to the saloon
door, this water
then ran inside the boat, wetting the saloon
floor. The holding tank
seal did not hold in the pitching (motoring into a force 5, moderate seas) and the contents were transferred to the bilge!! Finally, when moored up the inverter/chargers overheated!
gave no support to the boom and has been returned to the manufacturer, Z Spars; Z Spars and BB response is "they don't advise fitting a kicker". The clearance over the bimini
is about 6" (150mm) the topping lift
is 10mm braid about 38metres in length; the obvious conclusion is that the topping lift stretched at least 6-8", this is denied by the rope
The hatches (Gebo round) when installed have a tolerance of 1mm. I doubt that the deck
is true flat to within 1mm. However, when the boat pounds, the decks flex, the hatches flex and the water comes in through the hatch
seal! At present looking at replacing with Bomar
(BB fitted these to earlier 385's) as these have larger seals
and also 3 clamp handles(against Gebo's 2)
The boat will have to be lifted to check the rudder
bearings (and clean the mud from the mud berth).
engineers are to check the engines (they are assuming incorrect installation)
The bedding will probably have to be replaced, the solar panels
replaced, the anchor bulkhead repaired and the cockpit drain modified.Total cost approx £9000 and counting.
It does not sound like the advertising blurb does it!