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  1. Sticky: Suliere is now for Sale - St Francis 50 with huge spec

    Not intending to sell Suliere we updated every aspect off her from the SD60 sail drives to the electronics and sailing systems to make her the n=most highly specified St Francis 50 out there. Even...
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    Re: Insurance that likes Cuba

    There is n o way that is covered by your home insurance.
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    Re: Apology for web site outage

    It was really strange.
    There was a new sailing web site there in its place. The domain was managed by the previous forum host business that kept having outages and I could not contact them to renew...
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    Re: Apology for web site outage

    I hope someone can report that the outage is now resolved on that same forum:-)
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    Apology for web site outage

    We actually had our domain pinched for a few days hence anyone logging in was directed to a small web site selling boats. Now all is back to normal and apologies for the outage.
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    Re: Suliere will be for sale soon

    We have actually filmed enough for 36 30 minute TV episodes but, yes, not the para sailor as they would not cooperate. In any event we ourselves went for a top down reefing gennaker.
    Once the bulk...
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    Suliere will be for sale soon

    Now in New Zealand, Suliere will be offered for sale this year.
    I am 73 and have so much to do that we have decided too call it a day and sell Our much loved boat.

    She has been be updated with...
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    Re: Suliere - will be up for sale soon

    Yes but that would delay things a fair amount and if anyone in Aussie is interested it is a short flight to NZ.

    Web are in no rush to selll but if a buyer appeared then we would sell. In tyhe...
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    Re: Suliere - will be up for sale soon

    Mike
    We do not see it as sad. I am 73 now and simply have to plan out what we want to do before kicking the bucket.

    We will probably end up shipping the boat back to florida to do a last visit to...
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    Suliere - will be up for sale soon

    We are in New Zealand where the boat is on the hard and about to leave for the UK.

    Our sailing time is shortly coming to an end and from here on in we are planing to put Suliere up on the market...
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    Re: Suliere In New Zealand

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    Yes, we had many experiences along the way and as always have continued making the TV series.
    However we now yearn for home and so are returning to the UK for Xmas whilst Suliere is brought up...
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    Suliere In New Zealand

    We arrived in New Zealand which at last offers us decent wifi.
    The first thing we did was get the rudder alignment issue fixed - it had plagued us for a year but is now, at last fixed.
    However our...
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    Palmerston - advice

    Palmerston was one of the highlights of our Pacific crossing.

    The Motu’s around the atoll are all divided into three with each part owned by the descendents of the three wives of William...
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    Re: BEST YARD IN BAY OF ISLANDS NEW ZEALAND

    Thanks for all the advice - we are booked into Norsand.
    There is nothing in the Bay of islands that can haul us out but there wildly be 2018.
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    BEST YARD IN BAY OF ISLANDS NEW ZEALAND

    Sukliere plans to arrive in NZ in November.
    We will need to lift out - antifoul - gelcoat repair for the bash collision in Panama canal - a bit of other work on electronics etc.
    Can anyone suggest...
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    New Zealand Crusing Guides?

    We shall soon be setting off for New Zealand and are having trouble finding any hard coyy cruising guide.
    Can anyone suggest some?
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    Suiiere - The Pacific

    We are now in Ahe Lagoon about 250 miles from Tahiti.

    So far:-
    The rudder out of sync problem.

    The collision when we were dead in the water in the panama canal.

    Another collision whilst on...
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    Re: A Hydraulic Steering Puzzle

    We are now in Ahe Lagoon in the Pacific and for the first time in months with OK wifi.

    The rudder goes out of sync by about one degree per hour and so every 6 hours since Galapagos I am having to...
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    Re: St Francis Marine SF50 - A boat that can kill

    The simple facts are that St Francis have not just treated myself in a terrible fashion but even recent owners have told me that they consider the owner of that company to be the worst human being...
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    Re: Suiiere in the Pacific

    A day in the Pacific Sequel
    As planned, I went over to the Fedex Agent at 9am today and there was a parcel there for me. It was the B&G wifi router not a show stopper item for us but progress...
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    Re: Suiiere in the Pacific

    Easter Sunday in the Pacific – The Ups and Downs of a Typical Day
    So it’s now Easter Sunday 16th April and in not hearing from the Fedex agent I phoned him a few times, 3 failed calls and then it...
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    Re: A Hydraulic Steering Puzzle

    That does help Chris, thank you.
    We have easy access to adjust the rudder without the indicator and can easily realign at anchor.
    If needed. I can also occasionally realign, as you say, underway....
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    Re: A Hydraulic Steering Puzzle

    http://www.multihulls4us.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=7024&stc=1
    This is the piston.
    The ring has no split in it and does not cover the pin.
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    Re: A Hydraulic Steering Puzzle

    That is very informative. Thank you again.

    My piston ring has a hard beveled outer seal but it seems a soft under seal within it. There is no split in the hard ring. The pin is well away from...
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    Re: A Hydraulic Steering Puzzle

    So you just line up the indictor to central zero position and then open the bypass valve to force the rudder into sync?
    Can you please explain why you have the remote control and how you use it?
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    Re: A Hydraulic Steering Puzzle

    All that was very helpful... thank you.

    I will look at fitting tie bar .
    Can you explain the push/pull cable a bit more please?

    I can see no split in the ring that goes onto the piston so i am...
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    Re: A Hydraulic Steering Puzzle

    Ok I have now taken the original cylinder apart - very easy but the O ring kit for that cylinder has 8 or rings and I can only see 5 BUY they fitted those lock made up one in Panama - so the question...
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    Re: A Hydraulic Steering Puzzle

    I know more than one St Francis lost a rudder in crossing the Atlantic from Case Town and did not know it until they hauled out at the other end.
    When it was being fitted the chap helping me did...
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    Re: A Hydraulic Steering Puzzle

    Thank you for that.
    Ours is the same Lecomboe & Schmitt.
    However we have just fitted a brand new cylinder from them hence that the last thing we expected.
    We did order 3 spare sets of seals at...
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    A Hydraulic Steering Puzzle

    I now have my hydraulic steering system working without a leak anywhere - nothing leaking at all.

    The system has 4 pipes running from the pump which is driven by simply turning the helm. these run...
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    Re: Suiiere in the Pacific

    The Galapagos Money Extraction System is working fine.So far to get the one battery for my Iridium Go costing about 80 bucks I have had to order the whole Iridium Go and added the two spare batteries...
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    Suiiere in the Pacific

    Well we replaced the hydraulic cylinder here in Galapagos – we seem to have some of air leak as left alone after a week the steering could only moved to starboard – it was as if I had released one...
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    Re: The World is Truly Mad - A Suliere Saga

    Progress
    We are having a new Iridium Go unit sent because if the unit is with it we can even add two spare batteries hence we will end up with three batteries!!

    But … that can only get here by...
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    Re: The World is Truly Mad - A Suliere Saga

    Do not forget for the price I quoted we do not get to see any of the islands. It best to get a last minute deal on a tour boat with 12 others on board and do then islands that way. To do it in your...
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    The World is Truly Mad - A Suliere Saga

    Suliere arrives in Galapagos and is allowed to anchor here in the harbour for 6 days with it taking 2 days to check in for $960 USA.
    My iridium Go battery is kaput cutting of my telephone call...
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    Re: Examples of Bad Service

    Fedex - Panama

    Good to go and collect the parcel at the depot - get there after $35 taxi ride to be told its not there have to go to thgnairport which was near where I set out from.

    Then told...
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    Examples of Bad Service

    is it just me or is it that so many companies that serve the marine industry offer bad service.

    These are just some examples:-

    1. MarineX in Grenada
    We left our boat there with a number of...
  38. Re: Panama Canal - Suliere and a collision resulting in a marine Investigation

    Thanks a lot Peter.
    Thinking back years I do know someone who had a British boat arrested. It worked and the boat could not leave until the bill was paid.
  39. Re: Panama Canal - Suliere and a collision resulting in a marine Investigation

    I am nor too worried about it - it happened and the damage is now sealed off. I will do a bit more work i=on it but it will all br mer good in New Zealand. The reaction by me was to not let someone...
  40. Re: Panama Canal - Suliere and a collision resulting in a marine Investigation

    Peter I plan to dry out in that spot you gave me so that I clean the hull prior to Galapagos. We even have to put screwdrivers thenthroigh hulls to makes sure there are no barnacles there.
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