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    Quote Originally Posted by BartW View Post
    there is also another switch for the 12V Battery bank (for generators, and some instruments) to link these with the center point (12V) of the 24V engine battery's. I'm not sure if such a connection is commonly done, or could create issues ?

    both switches were "on"
    Not common at all, AFAIK.
    And I surely wouldn't keep that connection "ON" at all time.
    Though it might make sense for instance to turn your genset on if and when its own battery is flat. Same goes for main engines.
    But just as a temporary connection, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikef View Post
    white smoke usually means that water is being turned to steam somewhere. Are you absolutely sure that this happens on one engine only?
    yes we're sure its only one engine, have seen a few other boats with similar smoke, but then on both engines,
    we have the impression that this engine is running at higher temp, also exhaust, creating some steem at the point where colling water goes in the exhaust.
    that engine is not yet overheating but something like 90°

    Quote Originally Posted by mikef View Post
    Did you have a full engine survey and oil analysis done on BA?
    no oil analasis, (engines had new oil just a few weeks before)
    but a full test by a MAN engineer, reporting to our surveyor , unfortunotly in Italian, so have not been following that part of the survey accurately.
    Conclusion was:
    - engines are OK,
    - can get max RPM and max speed (26kn)
    - no overheating,
    - etc ...
    But
    - RPM meters need adjusting
    - trottle levers need adjusting (not sync)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MapisM View Post
    the navigation wake is evidently asymmetrical.
    could this be due to SB engine running 300 (max RPM faster ?

    flaps where in same position, checked this a few times

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikef View Post
    Let me guess? That'll be a F6-7 from the W/NW ie a mistral wind? Back in 2005, we spent 2 weeks on that part of the coast of SoF in August and most of the holiday was spoiled by mistral winds.
    during this trip, have been looking at windfinder.com two times per day.
    at least 3 weeks from 4, there was a storm over Golfe de Lion.
    we had to change our plan/ route due to this,
    I believe that both JFM and Alfonzo had just a small time frame of a few day's to cross the Golfe de Lion, to go to the Balearics.

    have been told that this year was exceptional, but now I clearly see the difference between Cote D'azur and the other part of SOF.


    Quote Originally Posted by mikef View Post
    Have you visited Iles des Embiez on that coastline? Interesting little island which was originally owned by Paul Ricard. Nice marina and lots of good walks
    not now, but have been in the area with the other boat for diving.
    we were also on the island Bendor with Aegir, opposite Bandol, and also owned by Ricard.

    Sanary sur mèr is also nice I have been told ?

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    Last year in October I was moored with Aegir, in Cassis along this big ship (Guy Couch)


    Less then one year later, I was moored with BA in exactly the same spot,
    And again along a bigger ship (Admiral)

    That’s promising for next year
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    Thanks for the catch-up post Bart, hopefully you might get the time to put up some more pics later. Perhaps even some of the engine room and installations?

    I remember when we first took over the Princess, the battery system took a bit of working out, and we got caught a couple of times with flat batteries. Even now there is always a constant 240 V supply to the chargers.

    Good luck with the future berthing arrangements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BartW View Post
    could this be due to SB engine running 300 (max RPM faster ?
    flaps where in same position, checked this a few times
    Well, I suppose it can be a good reason, though impossible to tell for sure just from a pic.
    A 300 RPM difference is a HUGE difference, anyway. Bound to create a lot of unnecessary stress on the rudders, which must work hard just to keep the boat running straight (more on that in your other thread on tacho reliability).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleShip View Post
    Photos photos and more photos
    OK OK OK


    The kids have arrived in Rome by airplane, I am installing a tap, for the fresh water hose, on the afterdeck,
    Just before we leave for this epic trip,



    Leaving porte di Roma in Ostia,
    this is a coastal town near Rome, compare like Brighton and London, a little bit old glory, again like Brighton,
    The harbour is very big, but not interesting,
    You need to cruise at least 60nm north (Toscane and isola Giglio…) or 60nm south (bay of Naples, Isola Ponza or Capri, … ) for interesting cruising destinations.
    So not a place you want to be moored permanently,


    But it is next door to the factory where the boat is build at CAntiery NAvale di Ostia.
    This is a new 86ft Canados


    First stop is in Porte Ercole Toscane, this is the home port where Alfonzo works today


    Wind forecast was too bad to continue the trip, so we stayed there 2 nights.
    The boy’s went outside the harbour and went fishing


    We invited Alfonzo for dinner, but he wouldn’t allow to be served, he insisted to help with the serving, as he is used to. He enjoyed Elly’s famous pasta “Alfonzo” (vongole)


    The next morning we left at 6am, towards Elba, we had breackfast and a swim in a bay near porto Azzurro, and continued around Elba to Portoferraio.


    In a bay nearby we did some swimming, skiing, and I did the prop cleaning

    The following morning, again an early departure towards Portofino.
    Breackfast and lunch was served in a bay in front of Portovenere, near La Spezia. M/Y A was our neigbour


    but when we wanted to leave, they damaged the winch.


    This passage along the ligurian coast, Cinque Terra, … was the most beautifull part of the trip,
    Clouds over the land were very dark, but we didn’t get the bad weather.


    Around 18hr we arrived in Portofino, tried to find a mooring in marina Rapallo, but no space,
    We got a mooring and fuel in lavagna,

    The following morning the sun was at his best to make pictures from Portofino.


    From here we crossed straight over the bay of Genua to San Remo, there we had werez for overnight in the big harbour.

    Cont.
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    Following morning departure towards SOF.
    Need to change courtesy flag now


    Isn’t that cote d’azur ?


    And very strange weather / collors of the sky




    Mandatory stop, in and out Monaco harbour





    We had a lunch / swim stop in Villefranche bay, and exercised a manual recovery of the anker, fixed on a long rope, but we under estimated the weight of the anker, and a piece of 1m chain,
    3 boy’s were needed to pull that rope, and me fixing the chain when in, so not something we want to do again with guests / without our boy’s.
    We just must have missed JFM, because he spend here the previous night on anker,


    But he managed for us a berth of the coming night (Sunday evening),
    and listening for a while to the VHF, I can confirm that without JFM’s help we wouldn’t have got a mooring here. Thanks again J.


    Was not on Mole sud, but the next one, Mole 1, the quai for the +25m yachts !
    Antibes was a really nice discovery (have never been there) I thought it was completely different.
    Unfortunately we could stay here just one short evening and night, as I was nervous to get my following nights mooring in Hyères
    (no anker, kids need to be dropped at the airport, get a new winch.…) Hope to come back here sooner or later.

    And yes, at 14h the following day we were moored in Hyeres harbour just as planned .
    Our Belgium friends / living in Cassis/ came along for a shat and lunch.



    The following morning our kids went home, and new guests / friends came on board.
    Weather was not good, so we stayed one more day / night in the harbour, and on thursday morning when we wanted to go out , daytrip to Porquerolles , we got the message that the new anker winch was delivered at a local chandler, so spend all day installing her. (first some shopping for screws and extra tools…)

    This is the old winch


    Here you can see the damage to one brass (or bronze?) gear inside


    This is the wooden floor on which she’s mounted, look at the thickness of the teak, about 11..12mm!!!


    This is the new winch in place


    Friends kids where bored, so we launched the dingy, for them to play with


    Following, morning went to saint Tropez bay,




    for some shilling and a swim and play with two underwater scooters , well not really underwater

    And a dingy visit to the village, sorry city.


    sorry Petem, the millionairs didn’t pay attention to my boat , there where zillions of boats, many much bigger or nicer then mine,
    but I wish them all to have as much fun as we had !






    After 5 nights on BA, dropped these friends in Toulon harbour,
    Cont.
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    and then came my mum, with 2 uncles and 3 antes for a 2 night visit.
    Average age is 75 ! that was fun, especially when the wanted to play with the dingy.
    I went with the guests to cap de Brégancon,




    and later dropped them with the dingy on porquerolles,





    Here you see BA in PQ bay,
    Let me give you my comparison between SOF and Croatia;
    In SOF you have 3 interesting islands, (yes I know there are more) and each of them has a few bay’s.
    When your are moored there in July / august there are between 100 or 200 boats in one bay.
    In Croatia, you have about 1000 islands, and in each bay you have 1 to 5 boats moored, sometimes none.




    At the end of the day, Alfonzo came along with the new ship on which he is captain,
    It is a privately owned posillipo Technema 70 (Rizardi)
    He’s heading towards Ibiza, (owner is flying) and had a fuel stop in Le Lavendou, and overnight here on anker near Porquerolles (very early departure)
    My mum was so glad to meet him again, she met him before at easter in Rome,
    Bring Alf back to his ship, and say goodbye for a long time.


    Following day my middle aged guests are leaving,
    from the main qay in Toulon Harbour


    The Captain and Captains wife solely on the boat, cruise to Bormes les mimosas,
    Mmm that was a nice intermezzo

    Here
    the new guests are on board in Bormes, on the left side you can see Le lavendou,
    And on the right side a nice line of medium sized sports cruisers,
    Just in front of us was a nice Guy Couch, (not on the pic)


    Another detail on this pic, when you look on the floor in front of the bow sunbed, at the teak, you can see that I did only half of that floor level, cleaning and rubbing the grey color of the teak.


    I was fedup driving the dingy, so had my friend is doing the boaring jobs.


    Here we were anchored in a bay on Port Cros, just a few mobo’s around, but a nice blue Princess.




    Twas here that we had flat battery’s during overninght, but all problems were cured as explained before.
    In the morning I went buying bread with the dingy on the opposite island Ile du Levant

    After 4 nights another change of guests, and with them we left this area and continue with the last part of our trip.
    Next stop was in Bandol, position QH9 (Quai d’Honneur)
    On SB side was a old Bertram,


    And on port side a impressively good looking (well maintained / restored) 16yo DianoMarine


    Spoke with the Italian owner, he knew / had seen BA before,
    I Was impressed with the condition of his boat, just him and his wife where enjoying their old day’s / summer on the boat.

    Following day, we got the good news there was a space for BA in port de Cassis,
    We had hoped to be able to stay there a few nights, and where happy with the good news,
    only 2 spaces for +20m boats in that harbour, one for BA !
    Here we are approaching Cassis


    On the lower balcony, we will have BBQ and a swim tomorrow…



    The Captain and his wife had a good feeling about the last four weeks, we made it !




    Cassis harbour is very often used for film or TV sets (have seen at least 3 occasions before)
    Today there was some filming of the fire rescue/ boat moored next to us.


    OK then that BBQ and a swim, BRRRR that was cold, a underwater well


    Then back to the boat, and some Pastice and some more, and more, and some pizza, and then we got thirsty !
    Our two friends from Cassis and two other guest living in La Mole (near St Tropez) were all too drunk to go home, so that night we had 4 unplanned guests sleeping on BA.

    I placed one part of the cockpit covers, to keep them warm, and protected from the wind.



    Following day we took lunch and recovery in a Cassis bay,
    later we dropped the guests with the dingy,


    and then continue our trip along Marseille to our final destination;
    Port Napoleon, in Port St Louis du Rhone
    cont.
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