Anchor Issues

The Rocna anchor is a disappointment – it came loose several times in the storm in Skiathos in conditions we would never have expected to have a problem.  After significant research across the Facebook forums and the internet, the conclusion is that buying the Rocna was a mistake (at least for us)!  There are many yachts owners out there who swear by Rocna – so publishing our issues, certainly caused a heated discussion. What WE found on Liberation was that the Rocna sets very well in mud and sand but does not set in weed.  Of course, weed is the worst substrate you can possibly have – and there aren’t many anchors which will set – but are used to …….

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Thinking about the location of equipment

Relocating You would think that after so many years cruising, it would be obvious where to put equipment – and that the installers would also just know instinctively what to do as well.  However, what seemed like an obvious location when we were planning and designing the boat turned out to have a lot of disadvantages so we decided to do some changes. First of all, we relocated the through-hulls for both the generator and the water maker …. they were not installed wrongly in the first place but they were not installed in the optimum location.  Coming from a motor-boat background, we didn’t really think about heeling at the start and it turned out that when we were sailing aggressively …….

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Water maker … the story continues

In June 2014 the water maker was re-installed in Preveza by the Greek installer and by taking videos of it operating he noticed that the water discharge was a trickle and not the flow it should be – he agreed the problem was the pump but in Greece the only available replacement was very large and delivered three times more time water than water maker could process – so now we’ve gone from one extreme to the other!!  The replacement pump is the maximum pressure the water maker can cope with at 60psi – it is a self-priming pump which would hopefully avoid the air bubbles.  Due to much higher power demand, he also installed a relay so when the pump …….

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Water maker won’t run

Our water maker was installed in Isola – not a factory option but one of our own additions – it is a big machine with high capacity.  We want to use water the same as we do at home and we consume about 100 litres a day at least, without washing the boat or doing the washing. The installation in Isola seemed to be fine – the machine ran on the way to the customs pontoon in the sea trial – and we made water.  However, this was on a completely flat sea with nothing else running on the generator. The machine sat idle all the while we were commissioning in Umag – it had been “pickled” (a process of running …….

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Garmin autopilot doesn’t want to play

When Liberation was launched in Isola, one of the things which needed to be done as part of the first sea trial was calibration of the auto-pilot.  Calibration involves putting the the system into setup mode and following the instructions on the screen – you drive the boat in large circles in one direction, then you turn and drive in circles in the opposite direction, followed by turning left and turning right and zig-zagging.  When the programme is complete the unit confirms the calibration and it is then capable of driving the boat as it should. During the sea-trial this calibration failed and Keto were unable to achieve a working auto-pilot – Ed crossed the border into Croatia with manual …….

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Furuno Network Commissioning

As I wrote earlier, the Furuno TZT14 MFD has an issue with serious delamination of the screen and we have been in touch with Furuno to negotiate an exchange under the warranty.  This is not quite as simple as it should be – of course we purchased the unit from a bulk distributor instead of directly from Furuno – and we installed it ourselves and didn’t have it done by a qualified Furuno installer.  In addition, the unit is outside of the UK where it was purchased – all of which made the situation more complicated.  Of course Furuno have “worldwide warranty” – but there are lots of conditions attached to this. First of all, for the warranty to be valid, an …….

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Electrical problem with the invertor …

We discovered very quickly while underway that the invertor was only supplying power to half the sockets on the boat – and also the immediate switch in when mains power was disconnected was not working as anticipated.  We gave our buddy Toby a call at Keto and were very impressed when he said he would jump on a plane and come over. Toby flew over and reconfigured the 220v circuit by installing an additional relay allowing switching of both circuits from shore power to generator to invertor.  The switch in was then immediate and the microwave doesn’t even lose it’s time setting when we switch between power supplies.  It was quite a simple thing but immediate response from Keto! Toby …….

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Floods …. and discovering bilges

A few days back we decided to take a day out and go on a shopping trip into Slovenia and to Trieste in Italy with a rental car – we had a great day, found a lot of parts we needed and stocked up on supplies – and even had a McDonalds (long time ago!).  We came back to the boat late in the evening at around 9pm and we discovered the fresh water pump running, but it was running dry.  Ed was convinced I had left the tap on (no idea why I would have done that – am I REALLY that stupid????!!!!!) and I was getting a lot of stick before he realised that the taps were closed …….

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