Just a (probably silly) thought after looking at the last batch of pics. Looks like the catch that holds the flybridge hatch open would rattle ?
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10-11-10, 18:18 #601
10-11-10, 19:03 #602
Yes it looks like it will rattle but the teak rests against the s/s catch so there is no metal-on-metal, and the gas struts push it hard onto the stops. It doesn't rattle in practice. I had same mechanism on both my Sq58s and they were rattle-free. I'll glue some rubber on if necessary though!
EDIT- I just google mapped. Definitely not fox's. It's here, and you can see a Sq78 in Fairline's Sq78 berth immediately south of the travel-lift in the google earth picture, directly to the right of the google-maps red arrow/pointer symbol.
It looks an awful long way to the sea. How long is it? Boat will have 50 hours on it by the time I get the keys...
Last edited by jfm; 10-11-10 at 19:13.
10-11-10, 19:31 #603
Its about an hour from the mooring to get to sea (depending on how quickly they are with the lock)
10-11-10, 23:47 #604
Thought the rattle would be a silly thought lol
11-11-10, 20:23 #605
12-11-10, 00:21 #606
12-11-10, 12:12 #607Registered User
Location : Algarve Portugal
- Join Date
- Dec 2008
Ipswich and the River Orwell
Regarding locking out, there is a certain window of free flow around high tide which means of course you can motor through without the hassle of 'locking out'. As someone else pointed out there is a six knot limit on the river all the way to Harwich / Felixstowe. The run up to the sea is pleasant through rolling countryside, plenty to see shoreside, e.g. Pin Mill, and at Shotley the Old Naval trainig station HMS Ganges, the marina at Shotley is the old training stations athletics track, now flooded of course!. The channel to the sea is well buoyed, outside the buoyed channel are quite a few shallows. There is a lot of commercial traffic at Harwich and Felixstowe, very large container ships and Ferries. The Port of Felixstowe prefers (if you can) that you navigate outside of the main channel . It is a number of years since I was in this area, I am sure local advice will be available concerning the latest 'do's and don'ts. Good luck with your new 'toy'
15-11-10, 13:50 #608Registered User
- Join Date
- Sep 2004
Hi JFM Long time since we spoke.
Trip down the river is great and can be done in most weather conditions as it is very sheltered.
For your sea trial they will do a measured run just off the pier at Walton on Naze. I would try and be on board so that you can see the data they come up with as it was not exactly accurate on the boat I skippered during the summer.
The person who said there are shallows is spot on and having spent my younger years sailing this coast I have spent a bit of time on a number of the sand banks.
If I recall the guys at Fairline centre Ipswich were up and down the river about 3 or 4 times running tests so there will be a few hours on the clock.
I hope all goes well for you.
15-11-10, 16:12 #609
BTW Lozzer, I am pretty sure I've customised out all the issues you noted, so thanks for all that info. I have cameras in new positions incl one high up on the mast; drain in the aft deck in front of transom; 1.2m longer passerelle custom made by besenzoni (with auto-fold stanchions, ahem!); steaming light at top of mast, and loads more etc
21-11-10, 17:46 #610
I visited factory again last week. Boat is very nearly finished, woohoo!. Just needs mattresses and furniture throwing in, the galley finishing, floorings, and a few small bits and pieces, B+O gear in saloon, then it’s done. When I was there the guy fitting the wood flooring was just starting, and a lot of the carpet had been pre-cut and will be fitted next week. It’s on target to be on the truck 2nd Dec. As ever I remain very pleased with the build quality. It’s all beautifully done and Fairline’s woodwork in particular is right at the top among boatbuilders. This post is split into 2 because I have more than 20 pics
Below is general view. Hull stripes done, antifouling (Micron 77 black) on, swim platform in foreground (the platform goes to Ipswich on a separate lorry and gets attached to boat there
Below are saloon shots. Looks quite unfinished because it’s missing its sofas – I visited MJ last week also, and saw them being made – but as soon as they’re in it’s done. All the details like the window blinds are installed
This is the lighting and TV control in saloon (perhaps I should have Crestron-ed it!)
Pic below is one of the elec distrib panels, and the top section has several cable ducts with string to thread new cables
Below is galley and internal stairs. The stairs still need their wooden treads so you don’t get the final look in these pics but the ergonomics of them are very good and I’m very pleased with them. Banister still to install
Master cabin bathroom. This is lovely. Really pleased with the custom touches in here, tiling at end of shower, villeroy+boch sanitaryware and different design of the bar unit to cover the stabiliser fin mechanism
Master cab walkin wardrobe below
Master bedroom custom bureau is the first pic below. Again, I am very pleased with this. The second pic below is the standard design, and I asked Fairline to remove the curves and make the drawers wider; this is a good example of how Fairline will go to considerable lengths on furniture customisation
Master cabin generally below
That’s nearly 20. Continued in next post…