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  1. Is pantaenius not active in the nz market?
  2. I think this is a plausibility. Vid was sent to Volvo immediately. And to some other relevant parties incl. original mechanic (so he can see the issue that we were trying to replicate). Pogo Structures have also jumped in on their own initiative on our behalf and written to Volvo France head office to encourage speedy resolution.
  3. lastly a few pics of the boom tent in operation. And scenery.
  4. Although our engine/transmission issue kind of marred the end of our cruise, it did give us a chance (and motivation) to really try out the light air performance. We're running heavy with all the cruising crap on board (3 anchors etc etc. plus humungous amounts of French wine and food all packaged in glass...), and we have no A2 (yet), but we were able to keep ticking along at about 1.5-2 knts with 2-3 knts pretty much flat off, and coming around to about 125 TWA in about 4 knots we could sit for relatively long periods (4-5 min at a time) nominally above windspeed. We did have about 0.3 knt current in our favour, and I haven't done the calculation yet to determine how that would affect the actual TWS, but note the boat speed is through the water, so TWA will be further aft. Nonetheless, pretty happy with light air performance. (yeah it's not a great photo)
  5. To be fair to the mechanic, it refused to make that sound and shake in his presence. Prop is two blades folding. Propspeed applied on 1july. Boat launched on 12 July. Worked fine for nearly the two weeks of our trip so I doubt it’s the prop. ESP as it doesn’t seem to happen once fully in gear and motoring. I’m going with something engaging or trYing to engage. Either way I expect an error like this could result in considerable wear and damage if not rectified. No flash in the back ground. It’s raining and some rain coming down the hatch. Maybe a trick of the light.
  6. Yeah the regularity and the shudder got me and I shut it down within 20 sec. I started it again 5 min later in Neutral to check and same thing so shutdown after 10 sec. In my experience, sounds like this warrant immediate shutdown. Was thinking it could be a tooth on the timing catching, a cam hitting something, or a partial seize? I dunno. Considered the blocked injector or injector pump issue. I've relatively little experience with diesels, but the way it was kicking reminded me of an old escort engine missing on a cylinder or two, So I considered maybe those injection related issues. But the tech eased each of the the injector nuts to depressurise each and she simply dropped down to two cylinders and ran smooth - no kick. For it to be an injector issue and regularly failing a cylinder I would expect the frequency of the error to be higher, perhaps 400 per minute (at 800 rpm). Tech mussed and fussed around for 20 minuted checking everything fuel supply related and eventually, grasping at straws, suggested that maybe we'd got some "winter coolant in the fuel line" (wtf!!) or drawn a little air into the fuel line when heeled over, as the fuel tank was only half full, to which I conceded might be possible if we were heeled at 90° and running the motor which we weren't. He left, satisfied the engine was fine, and then I got a call from the Volvo Action service centre telling me the case had now been closed be cause the tech had determined we'd run out of fuel!!! I told them in no uncertain terms that that certainly wasn't the case. But in a call this morning the call centre guy still referred to us running out of fuel. Now that I have a video of it I can re examine it a few times and make a different prognosis. The way it went away when gearbox engaged and up at 1200 rpm suggests that it might be something between the gearbox and the engine which is miss-aligned and trying to engage but missing... In any case, a knock like that will certainly wear stuff out pretty quick. It's a s120 sail drive ( I think that's the model). Standard drive leg and prop. Motor was serviced at 38 hours (first service) a few hours earlier than the recommended 50 but it was the end of the season and the start of winter so not a bad idea to do it a little early.
  7. So, the last two days of our cruise were a little marred by the following effect. Intermittent but can be reproduced sort of. Run motor and potter along the coast for 2-3 hours. sail for 3h or so, then start motor for manouvering. Does this in idle at neutral and when engaged in FWD but at idle, at least sometimes, then went away when increased to 1200 rpm... It's not a sound and effect I enjoy so we stopped using the engine and only manoeuvred under sail after this. Called the Volvo service centre, they sent a tech, and of course we couldn't reproduce it. Didn't have the video to show him at that time. But recorded this after he left. Case now reopened but let's see.
  8. Climbed the mast on Firefly two weeks ago and lubed and checked everything from the top to the bottom. Silicon grease. Careful to only spray into the track a couple of times at various heights - didn’t want the wheels on the cars just sliding on the outside of the track. Continued the procedure on everything on deck. Main whistles up and down now like a high speed train. Makes putting in a reef much easier. Cars go up and down the track more easily and at a wider range of angles than before.
  9. This ^^^ x100 There's a huge difference between being good and knowledgable and being able to teach. Or even worse examine someone's knowledge. Example. What's the difference in the meaning of the following two statements? 1. "A vessel viewed from its port side." 2 "A vessel, of any size, viewed from its port side." 3. "A vessel, with or without grandmothers, viewed from its port side." ...
  10. “Naval Blockade” sells better than “welcoming committee”...
  11. That video makes me wanna move home tomorrow...
  12. Also my sentiments and I watched a couple of their vids. The epitome of what not to be when cruising. There’s a lot of people doing the cruising and vlogging thing and very few are worth watching.
  13. You could glue the radar mount on... not kidding. 5200 or something. I'll glue something to my mast once I decide to cough up the 800euros for the mount....
  14. Yep. Water supply needs to be owned by public. Should not be for profit. Ever. What's next? Air? But being less political - Is the problem so badly managed that we're seriously looking at desalination? Massive energy costs associated with that...
  15. Right now Windy is predicting a nice 10k across th gulf... looks like a great day for a sail...
  16. No worries, I certainly didn’t think that.
  17. Hang a beach towel over it. If you can't see it you won't worry...
  18. these landed on my phone over night.
  19. Thanks Steve, I think I'll look that up. 3M 5200 would also do a bang up job of holding that on the boom, I expect.
  20. Both great ideas. Had been considering something like this, but decided to start simple. Last night i managed to cut and fold two hems and attach one webbing loop in a corner. All held together with sailmaking tape. Spare time is not something I'm particularly blessed with at this point. Will see how it works out and when I've a little more time I really like the idea of something that actually attaches each side of the boom.
  21. Next project for me is a boomtent. Sounds simple but getting 2x3.4 m lengths of sunbrella to move smoothly through the domestic sewing machine as you attempt your first ever felled flat seam on the Long Edge is actually kinda hard...
  22. 6x Cockpit cushion covers in batyline. 14h and lots of cursing. But better than 900euros.
  23. Yeah we have a masthead tri. When motoring, the masthead anchor light serves as stern and steaming. Stern light on the pushpit it on its own circuit. Ive never noticed much interference from the sidelights when I’m in the cockpit. The lowers are only used when motoring. So generally there’s no reflection from the sails. The lowers are mounted above the sheer, and the cabin cuts in as you go forward, so they clearly visible from dead ahead. I guess you wouldn’t see both from dead ahead if you were in a rubber dinghy and closer than 5-8m to the bow. But thy work, they’re bright and the meet eu regulations. If i was doing lights myself I would make sure they met int colleges and YNZ be dammed.
  24. Any updates? Glad to hear Everyone ok. Pic I saw looks like she’ll be quite the hazard in the start box. Any word on hauling her out before the current takes her? I expect that to sink in a few seconds like that, the damage must be considerable - and would take someone very dedicated to the cause to take it on. Seem to remember that when Gypsy went down, took a bit to find her after a few tides.
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