2017 Preparing to get off dock…

The Marina this week:

Stuff happening in Mazatlan.  Besides Carnival…

Bad stuff:

On the lateral out front of the marina, most of the businesses next to Fortino’s Pizza including Fortino’s Pizza have closed.  The Laundry next to the Harbor Masters office has closed. Nothing new on  the boardwalk in the marina, the Disco is STILL operating.  We hear there have been some drunken revelers on the docks at closing 4:00 to 5:00 AM at times.

Good Stuff:

Lots of new paint and freshening of buildings all around town, up and down the Ave Camaron Sabalo ( the golden zone) and when you leave the marina to the north up Passeo del Atlantico to Ave Carlos Conseco and turn towards town, oh my, they have been building and building all the way into town.  Lots of the boardwalk road, Ave del Mar, south of Valentino’s is also looking up with new construction and fixing up some of the existing.

Going through this month’s photos:

Construction on the Marriott hotel at the Marina is continuing.

The doctors office in El Cid Marina and it’s waiting room…

Party at the hotel la siesta…

These are NOT before and after photos…

Boat visit:

Beach day at Stone Island:

You have to eat at Angelina’s Kitchen, it’s just behind the Best Western, Hotel Posada Freeman on Paseo Olas Altas at Venustiano Carranza 18, Centro, 82000 Mazatlán, Sin., Mexico… Reasonable cost and mmm mmm GOOD!

 

PLANS…

‘We have been planning to do the bottom paint on s/vHajime this coming week.  And we just talked to Richard Cummings at Rick’s Marine Service today and maybe we all decided to put off the bottom job til May/June.  Then Rick can pull the boat in and put it back when done…

So we are building a list and knocking em down as best we can…  PLAN to head across to La Paz then up the Baja East coast to “see the sea”…

  • DONE TODAY:
  • Remove the jib fuller and soak and WD40 bearings to get it rotating better.
  • Hang sails and rig with sheets
  • Drop Dink in water
  • Remove wood covers at dorades for and aft and sand
  • STILL TO DO:
  • find propane source, the marina has stopped running tanks
  • Remove and re-seat port light on the port side above settee, it leaks
  • Set up block/tackle for outboard motor
  • Hang fishing poles on arch for stowage
  • Rig boom stoppers
  • Whisker pole hinge is bent, remove and see if rick can fix
  • Install new battery charger in lazarette for house LiFePo4 batteries
  • Install new solar charger forward for windlass battery
  • Sand cockpit seating and table
  • Seal seating and table and dorade covers
  • Pull out hooka compressor and make sure it runs
  • Mount 5HP Mercury outboard motor on dink and make sure it runs
  • Rebuild hand pumps in galley, new rubbers and seals
  • Rebuild kit for watermaker and valve replaccement
  • Rebuild 2 HP Honda outboard, new carb and coil
  • STOCK LARDER AND AWAY WE GO
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Projects Feb 2017

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We got motor running today.  It kicked right off after checking the coolant level, oil level, engine zincs,  sea water intake strainer, fuel water separator and a general look over the motor, no leaks, etc.

OPENING THE BOAT:

Find the key – left with Tyler and Hector at Tony’s Boat Management at Marina Mazatlan.  Tony sold to Grant who Sold to Tyler but Hector lets all of them think they run the place!

CHECK LIST FOR BOAT OPENING (pet the boat)

  1. CHECK BATTERY STATE –  At the breaker panel at NAV station, switch from SSS – starter battery to HHH – house battery at the small toggle switch near the LED readout display in order to read battery voltages and current amperage load.  Batteries should be over 12.7 volts SSS and 12.8 volts HHH.
  2. LIGHTS ON –  Check that (B)reaker (S)witch – (BS) for Lights is ON.
  3. SINK DRAINS – Open Drain valves for sinks, one under floor hatch nearest companionway and one under sink in head.
  4. SALT WATER SINK SUPPLY – Open salt water for galley sink valve.  Under sink in head.
  5. HAND PUMPS AT GALLEY SINK – Check Hand pumps at galley sink, one for potable water, one for sale water. Operate pump handle until you get water flowing.
  6. FRESH WATER – FRESH water pressure ON, (BS) – check for leaks (if pump keeps running, have a leak)  We keep the starboard tank with fresh water for washing and the port side tank for potable water.  POTABLE WATER is ONLY available by using the hand pump at the galley sink.
  7. PROPANE ON – Open valve at propane tank then (BS) “LPG” – Then light burner on stove with lighter, takes one minute for propane to travel 20 foot of hose from tank to stove first lighting.
  8. HOT WATER – Turn on water heater (BS) and draw hot water from tap.  Takes a minute for water to heat…
  9. REFRIGERATOR – Open cooling water valve under  floor hatch in front of head for refrigerator, Turn on (BS) “refrigerator”.  CHECK pump under floor hatch nearest companionway. CHECK water exiting thru hull 3 inches above waterline aft starboard quarter.
  10. ENGINE:
    1. Check oil level, coolant level, zinc aft end of heat exchange tube stack, racor water separator for sediment and water and filter state,  transmission oil level/color.
    2. FIND KEY on valve under floor hatch at companionway hanging on the engine cooling water through hull valve.  TURN ON VALVE.
    3. Set battery switch to battery bank #1, STARTER.
    4. At binnacle, crack throttle 1/16 to 1/8 make sure not in gear, turn key and start engine.
  11. INSTRUMENTS –
    1. Turn ON (BS); GPS, Sailing Instruments, VHF, and Autopilot
    2. At binnacle, turn ON Tacktick wind instruments and GPS (Garmin).
    3. You should have AIS (other ships) and HAJIME current location shown on chart plotter. Should have wind speed and direction and depth under vessel on displays.
  12. SOLAR POWER – At the bulkhead at the foot of the port aft quarter birth behind the NAV station, Flip on the two (BS) for wind and solar.  The wind gauge will light, but the solar will NOT.  The solar power controller remote panel is mounted port side at the companionway.  It is an MT50 display/control.  On an full sun you may get 20 AMPS at 14 volts for charging the house batteries.  Solar ONLY charger HOUSE bank of 400 Amp Hour LiFePo4 batteries.
  13. POWER METER -Since the power meter can drain a battery if left attached, we pull the fuse when away from boat for months.  Replace the fuse, taped to the face of the Voltron power meter display mounted port side of companionway.   It goes into the wire  fuse holder under the access panels aft of the NAV seat. It is marked “MAIN”
  14. SAILS – We keep sails below along with most of the boat canvas.  ALL has to be brought out and put up again.  We used polyester painter lines and pulled down the halyards:
    1. boom stopper lines for jibibgPut the halyards up again
    2. Main sail, rig with lazy jacks, reef lines and halyards and boom jibe safty lines
    3. Jib sail, rig with sheets
    4. Dodger canvas
    5. biminey canvas
    6. shade canvas
  15. Move kayaks from forward cabin to deck stowage
  16. Power internet onboard antenna router
    1. 192.168.15.254  is address of onboard TP-Link antenna need to set it up with this years marina user and passwords… user/pass TP-LINK TL-WA5210G 2.4GHz High Power Wireless Outdoor CPE - TL-WA5210G ...
    2. onboard router is svhajime user/pass

ONE TIME WORK THIS YEAR

BLOWER FOR ENGINE COMPARTMENT- We brought a new blower for the engine compartment exhaust.  Was a little worried that it was the correct part and mounting configuration.  It dropped right in (photos):

TACKTICK WIND SPEED TRANSDUCER –   wind speed and direction sending unit at the top of the mast looks to be malfunctioning.  Maybe it was home to some of those giant scissor birds this year?  Jess went up and retrieved said device.  Some WD40 and it looks to be working better.  They mane and SELL a “Bearing service kit” for the unit for around $75 USD.  I can’t fins an Amazon seller who is shipping to MX so we will put this one back up and add the “kit” to the list for parts for next year…

We soaked the water tanks with a cap full of Clorox and flushed out the dirty bits and refilled the fresh tank and put bottled water into the potable water tank.

Jess has a cold/sinus/cough/breathing problem and we saw the doctor over at El Cid Marina.  Dr. Jesus Noe Zatarain Piña.

She got a couple injections and a couple prescriptions for a cost of $1200 (Dr. plus injections) + $525 (perscriptions) in pesos or around $85 USD.

Judo on Mondays and Wednesday and Friday.  I’ve been watching “mostly” and Jess working out…

Judo Irimi, Mazatlan

 

FIN

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HaJimE!

We are back at boat…

Been traveling a bit to get here.  A week in Oaxaca City with Jim’s daughter and son in law and Jess’ brother (oldest) and sister in law.  And a few nights at Hotel La Siesta on Olas Altas here in Mazatlan before joining Hajime last night for our first night aboard since last June.

Oaxaca photos…

https://goo.gl/photos/hodER42HrVq8dFuf7

Mazatlan photos…

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Haul out is scheduled for Feb. 28 with Rick’s Marine Service next door to Mazatlan Marina at the Fonatur travel lift and yard.  We are looking to do a quick bottom painting job, but, you guys know about boats!

We brought some goodies in out luggage, about $1,200 worth of stuff to stuff into the boat this time.  Most of it repairs and spares.

Link to list of parts (with pictures…)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18FHcsabCiKIIZSrUkgXGlblcSgjr-iwpTGWyCdPcL7c/edit?usp=sharing

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No photos of Oil and Air Filters, zincs for prop shaft, seal kit for watermaker,  O rings for heat exchanger, bow roller replacement, hand pump for salt and fresh water repair parts, electrical solder, a thermostat switch for re-fridge fan, batteries, a new battery chrger, but all listed for customs.  You are allowed $500 USD per person in your party of stuff like this.  The $500 is for new stuff for gifts or use in a boat maybe.  Not to include personal items like clothing, cameras, cell phones, personal computer, etc.

Since our “STUFF” bag was lost in Denver on the way to the plane and did not arrive in Oaxaca for 5 days, we got through customs without having to push the red/green button this time.  Tax would have been 16% on the overage of the $1000 allowed for a party of two.  Since the total of our bag was around $1250.  Tax would have been 16% of $250 or $40 USD.

I’ll try to keep up with blog…

Next weeks are plenty of boat work so I’ll try, for you boat techies, to keep up with the blog.  Sooner or later you will get that it’s all about REPAIR and MAINTENANCE!

BOAT:

Tyler and Hector did a great job keeping Hajime clean and maintained for us.  Se looks sound.  BATTERIES?  I know you all lost sleep like I did being away for so long.  At first glance, it looks like they are FINE, sitting there at something like 13.2 volts.  Boat management kept them bumped up for us.

 

Marina:

Somethings never change in MX…  photos of fan power wireing in marine bathroom

FIN

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On the road again

October 2016 was our last post.  MUCH has happened.  Not really earth shattering stuff, but here is a list:

Got a planter installed along with a bike rack at the front of the building.

Dad, in INDIANA,  fell and broke a leg.

Jess had an old injury re-surface and separated her quadriceps tendon from the patella. Had surgery to FIX.

Jim helped out in IN for a little bit.

We finished the roof patching and aluminum coating, good to go for a few more years, cross fingers!

We replaced some siding on the building and painted the west facing walls for the three units in the building.

Replaced the three sodium vapor light fixtures which were 400 watts each bulb in the dojo.  We put in two 100 watt LED bulbs and a 60 watt LED bulb and new fixtures.  Lights are now instant on, about the same light quality and NOT that yellowish light anymore!

Jim had an old injury re-surface and had ACL surgery to FIX  Jan 09 2017.

Had the 35 year old beat up garage door replaced in the dojo.

And we claened the place up so we leave tomorrow for Oaxaca de Juárez.  We are meeting daughter with Son in law and Jess’ brother with sister in law…  Looking forward to week in Oaxaca.  Then over to Mazatlan with Jess’ bro/sis…

Some photos of the fall:

Indiana…

Jess Ouchie…

Projects…

B&B in Colorado – tree peeping…

Jess B-day…

Keep it short, will post the Oaxaca photos next.

FIN

 

 

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Why, yes it has been a while

Jim and Jess returned to Denver early in June 2016 and found the apartment and the judo club in fine form.   Just like we never left.  It was good to be home!

Summer events:

Were back…

Trip to Indiana for Jim and Jess…

Joshi Judo Camp was held in Littleton CO with a little help from the judo club…

Up in the hills with cousin Josh Cohen…

Jim’s 60th…

Small repairs and paint the roof with reflective coating…

Golden State Judo tournament for Jim refereed…

Jessica 55th…

Ball game with cousin Josh, had a blast…

Up in the hills with Bob and Betsy Carpenter…

Jessica surgery for torn quad tendon…

Local iSushi 8th and SantaFe…

Working on color ideas for painting the building at 719 Mariposa (717 and 725 also)…

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Got the wood trim sanded and caulked and sealed

Ideas for colors… BEFORE

AFTER, maybe?

 

Denver Classic Judo tournament is coming,  November around the corner.  We plan to head to MX right after the election… just joking…  Plan to head to MX in December to have boat bottom painted before cruising starts again.  Not sure where we are headed this next year… June in Croatia for a sailing charter with friends. The Dalmation coast should be a hoot…

 

 

 

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Batteries, yes again…

Not the big batteries, the 200 Amp Hour type, we use for motor starting and house on the boat…

LIFEPO4 12V 100AH LITHIUM PHOSPHATE DEEP CYCLE BATTERY FOR SOLAR & WIND SLA Repl

but rather the AA and AAA rechargeable NiMh ones we use daily on boat in all kinds of devices like thermometers, hand held GPS, portable radios, etc..

DURACELL AA Rechargeable NiMH 2400 mAh 1.2V Batteries 4 PACK DC1500 FRESH~NEW Energizer AAA Qty 8 Recharge Universal Rechargeable Batteries 1.2v 500mAh

Usually we have a 12v DC to AA and AAA NiMh charger on board and then keep the AA and AAA batteries charged up from the house batteries.

Tenergy 2-bay Smart Charger for RCR123A 3.0V Li-ion Rechargeable Batteries (01208) 

So returning to Denver, new batteries was on the list for returning stuff for next season. We got a PowerX charger/analyzer to make sure the AA and AAA batteries  we are taking back are good ones, and as always not wanting to pay for the name brand if off name stuff works OK.

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Then got some off name 3000 mAh AA and some 1350 mAh AAA batteries from eBay.    After hours of charging and rehab and initializing these batteries…

AND… It’s true what the reviewers say…     THESE eBay batteries are CRAP…

We took brand new batteries from the package and ran them through the PowesX “new Battery – break-in” process and on the average the 3000 mAh – AA batteries score in the high 400 mAh range and the 1350 mAh AAA batteries score around  300 mAh. In the photos below, note the small arrow indicating the battery data being displayed on the PowerX readout, it holds up to four batteries but it only shows data on one of the batteries at a time.

AAA:

AA:

I also got name brand batteries and was much happier with the actual mAh numbers on Energizers and Duracell:

So much for batteries, for now…

Some photos of other stuff going back to boat next season:

         IDEAL 5210070 Hose Clamp, 1/2 to 1-1/16 In, SAE 10, PK10  Beta Marine Air Filter 211-08132 Honda 16100-ZW6-E11 CARBURETOR ASSY. (BF33L A) 40pcs 10cm Male jumper wire Dupont cable FOR Arduino UNO R3 Raspberry Pi B+ PI2 Nano Expansion Terminal Adapter For Arduino Nano V3.0 AVR ATMEGA328P-AU Board 12V Marine Air Blower Boat Bilge Flange Mount Heads Galleys Ventilation Fan RV 5Meter K Type Temperature Controller Thermocouple Probe 0 to 250C PEAKMETER PM6501 Digital Thermometer Temperature Meter w/ K Type Thermocouple Outdoor Waterproof 6 LED Solar Power Path Stud Garden Road Dock Yard Lights DP Honda Marine Carburetor Gasket Kit for BF2D and BF2.3D Flex-Cable Pick-Up Tool w/ 4-Finger Claw End Retriever Grab, Extra Long, 36" 15A 600V 4P Screw Electric Barrier Terminal Block Strip Cable Connector 10PCS  3MM Scuba Neoprene Gloves for Diving Snorkeling Spearfishing Water Sports Warm Honda 30500-ZW6-014 SEE PART DETAILS - PRI; COIL ASSY., IGNITION Sodium Metabisulfite Powder 4oz Wine, Beer, brewing, Sanitizer, Additive Auto Car Fan Vehicle RV Dashboard Portable 8" Clip-On Oscillating 12V Cooling 3PK Splicing Fid,No S6034SL, Wellington Cordage Llc

 

 

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Catching up, AGAIN

We have left Mexico for a bit and have returned to Denver.  We arrived June 9, 2016, settled in briefly and then headed off to Indiana for Father’s day celebrations with family. We arrived back in Colorado a week ago on June 23.

Indiana and Father’s Day:  The drive is best broken into two parts, 610 miles or so each part.  Puts us somewhere around Chillicothe, Missouri for a stopping place.  Great to see family and friends!

 

Back In Denver, We had a roof leak on the lower roof which became apparent in the dojo area of the facility.  Got it patched up and plan to finish repairs when it stops raining for more than a couple days…  We may have to apply some coating to the upper roof as well after the hail last year, there are lots of small breaks in the fairly rigid outer coating which was applied a couple years back.

Some lower roof photos…

Note the drain in the lower roof, it was the source of the leak, the drain was added after the original roof was installed and done poorly, using a polypropylene toilet base at the roof penetration fitting, they had problems over the years with patch materials sticking to the plastic…  We shall see how it works for us!  We used TAMCO 846for fill and then put a couple strips of torch down over the area.  At the drain hole, we used a fiberglass reinforcing screen mesh and the Henery’s 209.  We will keep an eye on the drain area since it was the leakage vector in the first place!

The entire lower roof area is due for a re-coating of the aluminum coating, TAM-PRO 840 or similar.  .

The upper roof:

Hail damage on the rather rigid surface spray down coating (polyurethane) I think.  We shall see if we can find a roll on flexible coating… TAM-STAR White Elastomaric is available locally, maybe?

Back to svHajime…

Last boating post was in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.  We hung out in PV a couple weeks, doing chores and taking some time on dock at Marina La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

When we were all ready, us and buddy boat sv Vivacia, we headed north. We covered the last legs in a week or so and sv Vivacia moved on to La Paz in Baja Sur…:

175 Nm   Puerto Vallarta – Chacala – San Blas – Mazatlan

Chacala

Matanchen

Mazatlan

 

We got to see judo friends and marina friends before leaving sv Hajime in the hands of Marina Mazatlan and Grant and Hector at Tony’s Boat Management.

FIN

 

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Catching up in Puerto Vallarta / La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

We have just spent a couple weeks at dock in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle at Marina La Cruz.  It was a nice down time after the run up from Huatulco, Oaxaca.

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Part of the hard work encountered running up from Huatulco…

We had a few items to take care of:

Changed oil in Beta 30 motor – we are at around 450 hours on the NEW motor and everything is doing FINE.

Changed transmission fluid in the sailing gear transmission.  Looked a little burnt, so I think we will schedule next change at 300 hours instead of 500 (ish) hours.

Got Mike at PV Sailing and Northsails to re-sew the sunbrella cover strip on the jib.  Pickup – delivered – nice looking job!  $340  USD.

Installed the new windlass, it took about 2 hours.  It is same hole pattern and all as old one!   And it worked first try!

We received an air filter for the Beta with friends parts shipment from US.  The only thing wrong with our motor order from Beta was that they send us the WRONG spare air filter with our spares kit.  So we finally got the correct one from a US vendor.  We are still trying to cross reference the filter to a more available brand…

Put a skate board wheel on the Walkerbay 8 Dinghy.  We checked with spare parts for the wheel and it was like $35 USD plus $15 S/h total $50 USD?????   So we measured  it up and found that some skateboard wheels are pretry close in size so we ordered one for $4 USD delivered (to friends coming down to visit from US)   Fits nice!

Pretty happy with using T-Mobile here in MX.  the family plan has been fairly reasonable for us.  Two lines never an over charge above the $100 per month for the two lines.  And we get 10 Gig per phone 4G – LTE and then slower speed, but acceptable.  And unlimited calls / text in 140 countries and MX/US/CAN…   And it works most all places on the coast here in MX.  It uses Telcel for carrier here.

LiFePo4 batteries?  Still doing GREAT.  We’ve run them down to what looked like near the voltage drop off point in order to find bank capacity a couple times.  Both times we were near to 395 Amp Hours on the Victron  BMV 702 battery monitor.  We did not start the discharge cycle from a “full battery”   and run them down over a given time.  We started the power dump when the monitor said the bank was at -275 Amp Hours or there about each time.  Since we can’t come up with more than 20 Amp load when turning everything on the boat ON. It’s difficult to do a capacity test and still live on the boat…  We will keep trying.  The plan is to get the bank to about 60 percent charge then unplug them from all loads and charge sources for the time we are away from the boat.  They should be fine for over a year just sitting disconnected!

Not much more to tell, we are leaving today for Punta De MIta, Chacala, Bahia Mantanchen, Isla Isabella, and Mazatlan.  We plan to put the boat in Mazatlan for the summer and return to Denver on June 8.  We also have plans to get to Indiana for family stuff around June 18.

Wish us luck!

FIN

 

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Huatulco, Oaxaca to Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

2015/2016 season so far,  south and east bound with some studdering around at the start of the season for approx. 1600 Nm

190 Nm   Mazatlatn – Isla Isabella – Mazatlan

175 Nm   Mazatlan – San Blas – Puerto Vallarta

140 Nm   Puerto Vallarta – Chacala – Mantanchan Bay – Puerto Vallarta

(two bus trips to Mazatlan and back to Marina Vallarta)

175 Nm   Puerto Vallarta – Chacala – Mazatlan

(car rental drive to Guaymas/San Carlos and back to Mazatlan)

330 Nm   Mazatlan – Santiago Bay

45 Nm   Santiago Bay – Barra de Navidad – Santiago Bay

190 Nm   Santiago Bay – Zihuatanejo

115 Nm   Zihuatanejo – Acapulco

215 Nm   Acapulco – Puerto Angel

25 Nm    Puerto Angel – Bahias de Huatulco – Marina Chahue

(taxi to Oaxaca City and bus back to Huatulco Marina Chehue)

And the trip back from Huatulco for anohter approx. 700 Nm

240 Nm  Huatulco – Acapulco

115 Nm   Acapulco – Zihuatanejo

210 Nm   Zihuatanejo – Barra de Navidad

40 Nm   Barra de Navidad – Chamela

95 Nm   Chamela – La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Here is screen dump of chart I sent to Mom from Barra de Navidad, seems that we have collected a few position marks on our logs…

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Most of the trip back from Huatulco has been “up hill”  that is to say into the wind and currents.

Currents have not been to bad, probably maximum about 1 knot against and then only about 10 to 20 percent of the time.  Winds from Huatulco to Acapulco were 15 knots on the nose most of the afternoons and nights, motor sailing we had to tack 100 deg. to make headway while taking water over the bow at times.

In Acapulco we figured out we could put the kayaks inside the forward berth for the next passage so they would not slam so hard when hit with waves.  Acapulco to Zihuatanejo got better as did Zihuatanejo to Barra de Navidad.  A wind event kept us in Barra for a week with gusts over 33 knots in the lagoon with a steady 20 plus most afternoons.

We plan to leave around noon from Bahia Chamela for Bahia de Banderas, planning to arrive tomorrow sometime.  Our buddy boat, Vivacia, is heading into Paradise Village Marina and we will go over to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle to do a boat wash and get a sail mended .

sv Vivacia at 7:00 AM and no wind in Barra de Navidad Lagoon:

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Chamela was nice, one night and we left at noon to arrive in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle around 10:00 AM…

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And skipper Liz is a geologist, “rock hound” !

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The trip up did have some dolphins, rays and lots of RED TIDE…

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Arrival in PV finds remnants of one of the three boats lost due to ground tackle failures this season…

Projects…  Boat needs cleaned, maybe try to put some wax on her?  And we need to get the jib down and stitch up the sunbrella cover strip on the leach and foot edges…  The stitching has failed after a few years in the Mexican sun.

FIN

 

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Windlass, alas!

We have been having problems with the windlass on s/v Hajime and have researched it to the BITTER END…

Remember these?

 

A techie post…

Our current windlass is a Lewmar Pro Fish 1000H second generation.  We put it on the boat at the end of 2010.

The design has been changed some from the second generation to the current generation three. It looks like the changes took place in 2013.  The information on the web is scarce.  I could probably just call Lewmar and ask, but what would be the fun in that.

The problems I have found:

My windlass experienced bearing failure on  MOST of the pressed in bearings.  Probably due to deferred maintenance issues.  And maybe a little due to the design issues in the second generation model we purchased in 2010.

The main shaft or the shaft holding the gypsy had no thrust bearing and no way to keep metal to metal parts from bearing and galling. Mainly the main drive gear into the inside of the cast body of the windlass behind the gypsy assy.

This same stainless shaft is not hard enough to work as a bearing shaft against the main bearing closest to the gypsy assy.  So it galls and wears excessively.

There is a  design issue brought out in youtube vids…

There are a set of repair videos on youtube that show a problem in the pre 2013 design and there are several vendors who sell gear assembly parts and bearings as described in this video…  I see that the compound gear has failed on our windlass and eaten the bearing pressed into a blind bore in the case.  This fellow says there is a tool for pulling a bearing race from a blind pocket.  Don’t have one and don’t want to get one!

 

Lewmar has come out with a generation three, G3,  of the Pro and Pro Fish horizontal Windlass.  The schematics clearly show they have addressed some of these issues .   Washers have been added to keep the gear body from the casting on the main drive shaft.  The offending “stop gear”  from the above youtube video has been replaced with a different gear set.  (different part numbers at least) Sealing gaskets have been added to help keep the salt water from the windlass interior…

From what I can see with a little web based forensics work on the designs of the pro 700H the Pro Fish 700H, the Pro 1000H, and the Pro Fish 1000H, I believe the following to be true.

All four designs look to share the same cast body and internal gear assemblies.  It looks like the differences lie in the size of the motors and the Gypsy size.  700H comes with 1/4 chain and 1/2 rode and the 1000H is standard with 5/16 chain and 9/16 rode.

The “pro fish”  have a free fall gypsy cover and the free fall clutch…  The “pro” have no free fall assy. It was normal for the 1000H “kit” to ship with a solenoid and remote toggle switch which was NOT supplied on the 700H.  Both had a circuit breaker supplied in the kits.

From the pyacht.com parts pages, it looks like all four models share the same replacement part numbers in a generation series.  I note the same parts are sold for all 4 models, 700 pro and profish and 1000 pro and profish…

Reference for the second generation:

http://www.pyacht.com/lewmar-pro-windlass-parts.htm .

Here is G2 and the BAD gear from the above video is “second compound gear assy. #22 , Lewmar #66000636

 

lewmar-pro-windlass-parts-big

* Kits are for use on Pro-Series/Pro-Fish (2nd Generation) with Serial Numbers starting 561***, 563***, 565***, 571***  or earlier kits please check the manual supplied with your windlass or contact Lewmar: 203-458-6200.

Serial Numbers
1st Gen 2nd Gen 3rd Gen
Series 700 560 561 567
Series 1000 570 571 572
Fish 700 562 563 569
Fish 1000 564 565 566

Here is the 3rd gen. G3:    Bad gear, compound gear,  is #51  Lewmar #66000760  so at least they have changed the part number and hopefully the design!Pro-series-fish-spares (1)

They have also added several washers and seals in the G3 model, #21, 22, 23, 24, 25 in the above drawing.  Hopefully these help with the thrust issue and the gear galling.  Hope they addressed the shaft hardness issue too or change the bearing specs, maybe add a hard race on the stainless shaft?

Reference for replacement gears from Defender.com:

Replacement gears are all same part numbers for all the models… here are some Defender.com pages with examples.

http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1%7C2276108%7C2276149%7C2276152&id=2546295

http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1%7C2276108%7C2276149%7C2276152&id=3211175

Here are the defender motor replacement pages for the 700 and the 1000… shows two different motors?

http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1|2276108|2276149|2276152&id=2303878

http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?path=-1|2276108|2276149|2276152&id=1239328

I think the only “replacement” motor from Lewmar for either the 700 or the 1000 is the lewmar # 66000107 or the bigger motor from the 1000, here is the reference page:

http://www.lewmar.com/node/11613?v=25231

 Rev 01:

Just found a video from Lewmar on the V700 clearly shows a real raced bearing on the vertical main shaft (shaft which is bronze/brass) so I am hoping the vertical designers and the horizontal designers at Lewmar talk to each other and that they have fixed the main shaft bearing issue shown in the photos at the top of this blog…

Huh!

So we are going to try the Pro fish 1000H G3 mostly because it should drop in to replace the BAD G2 model.  Drop in replacement is fairly important for on the water maintenance and repairs…

We are also putting the windlass on the maintenance list for annual grease and clean and soon as Lewmar has a bearing kit, we will put one in the spares bag on s/v Hajime!

Just ordered a Lewmar 1000H pro from:

https://www.hodgesmarine.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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