New QUIXOTIC hats and logowear for the 2018 charter season!

Splashed!! QUIXOTIC 2018 Refit Recap

After months of hard work, late nights, stress, a pile of cash and heaps of sweat-equity, Quixotic is back in the water and ready to sail north back to the islands.  She just spent the past four months in a specialized catamaran boatyard undergoing some repair and upgrades.  We had our fair share of challenges, triumphs, setbacks and achievements but in the end more things went right than wrong and last Saturday we lowered her keels back into the Whangarei river in New Zealand and order was restored.

We are now enjoying our first night at anchor since lifting out in November; it feels amazing to be swinging on the hook again!  Our view has been transformed from boatyard to lush green rolling hills set above  glistening turquoise water framed by white sand beach.  Tomorrow we sail for Great Barrier Island for some much-needed and well-deserved rest and exploration.  We still have some items on the never-ending “to-do” list, but we can now chip away at a more relaxed pace than the unsustainable pace we set in the boatyard.

Quixotic is in the best condition she has ever been in.  We completed an extensive refit and made some structural and safety upgrades to her hull and rudders.  We also completely upgraded her charging and electrical system with help from Scott at Empower Electrical and his apprentice, non other than Laura Dekker – the world record holder for being the youngest person to sail solo around the world!  It was really cool to have her aboard and get to know her.  While the list of upgrades is extensive and would fill multiple blog entries, here are just a few I can recall off the top of my head:

  • Drop rudders, cut open and fully-inspect shaft and internal stainless, re-install and re-grease
  • Inspect and weld stainless skeg heel fittings, grease and re-install
  • Reinforce skegs with multiple layers of new epoxy and fiberglass
  • Clean, and rebuild props and change zincs
  • Install new stainless swim ladder
  • Upgrade block for boom crane
  • Replace all bearings in main traveller
  • Install new scoop intake thru-hull for watermaker
  • Seal access ports on swim step
  • Remove stainless water tank, weld new floor, re-install
  • New LPG regulator, pigtails and tanks
  • Epoxy seal and paint port engine bilge
  • Epoxy seal and paint around both rudder quadrants
  • Epoxy paint starboard engine room
  • Sand and apply five new coats ablative antifouling to bottom
  • Re-seal entire rub rail with 3M UV4000 sealant
  • Replace hose into starboard water heater
  • New port water heater
  • Re-bed liferaft hatch
  • Re-bed portlight in port forward head
  • Remove sails, take to loft, inspect and minor repairs, new bolt rope and new battens
  • New fresh water pump
  • Install new 300AH Lithium battery bank with BMS (Battery Management System) (Sinopoly Cells with Orion Jr. BMS)
  • Install twin Balmar 614 smart alternator regulators and valeo alternator upgrade kits
  • Install new Balmar “Centerfielder II” to balance twin engine charging
  • Completely replace and upgrade all main battery and charging cables with tinned marine-grade 70mm cable
  • New charge and discharge bus bars with auto ON/OFF remotely controlled by BMS
  • Pull all old wires behind nav station
  • Replace DC cables for inverter and install inverter auto cut-out switch controlled remotely by the BMS
  • Remove all genset wiring (with 250A charge capacity, who needs a noisy, smelly, genset!)
  • Install fuses to all main busbar wiring
  • Install Yanmar wiring harness amplifiers
  • Fabricate a new stainless emergency steering tiller
  • Aluminum weld line chalk on boom and main grab rails on swim step
  • Replace engine belts
  • Rebuild engine raw water pumps (bearings, seals, impellers)
  • Replace engine air filters
  • Replace saildrive fluid
  • Inspect 316ss anchor chain
  • Service and grease all seacocks and clear intakes
  • and many more items that we are now forgetting…

Time to string the hammock and ease back into the good life.  That “to-do” list can wait until mañana :)

Lewis & Alyssa

-Urquharts Bay, Whangarei, New Zealand

She was a painting machine!
She was a painting machine!
One of the many coats of new antifouling paint
One of the many coats of new antifouling paint
Scott from Empower Electrical installing the new lithium battery bank
Scott from Empower Electrical installing the new lithium battery bank
The famous Laura Dekker; head buried under our nav table installing the new charging system
The famous Laura Dekker; head buried under our nav table installing the new charging system
New rudders all greased up and ready to install
New rudders all greased up and ready to install
Lifting her up to fit the rudders
Lifting her up to fit the rudders
Installing the starboard skeg heel fitting
Installing the starboard skeg heel fitting
The Mermaid carefully installing the rudder heel fittings
The Mermaid carefully installing the rudder heel fittings
New rudders and heel fittings all installed and ready for action
New rudders and heel fittings all installed and ready for action
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New QUIXOTIC hats and logowear for the 2018 charter season!

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Ahhh....back at anchor!
Ahhh….back at anchor!

 

2 thoughts on “Splashed!! QUIXOTIC 2018 Refit Recap”

  1. Hi Kids… Like I’ve always said… You both are soooo smart and able to do anything you set your minds to do. I love the way you work together and get things done. It was great to see both of you, at my home… and thanks to Lewis I’ve learned how to use my new oven. He pushed all the right buttons & set it right for me. Everyday, You are in my thoughts and prayers for safe travels. I Love you guys and hope to see you again soon. Lots of Hugs from GrandmaMama

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