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    The metal shop was excellent, but at the end of the day, the experience with the yard was very disappointing.  A big let down at the
    end, particularly as related to the service on the genset and the response by the yard manager.  They we also quite careless with the
    teak deck (leaving a gas tank to spill on it) and dumped a lot of oil, diesel and coolant into the bilge and just left it.

2006 03 -- The Hitlist
2006 03 27 -- Items requiring maintenance, repair or upgrade:

  • Rebed port salon port (2nd aft from salon bulkhead)
  • Replace Outhaul
  • Replace Genoa Sheets
  • Rig Preventer (fixed on each side of boom; easy to lead to bow cleat/snatch block)
  • Major FischerPanda Genset service
  • a.        Flush coolant and replace w/ pink coolant
  • b.        Replace cooling block
  • c.        Replace waterpump & impeller
  • d.        Replace fuel filters
  • e.        Repair corrosion
  • f.         Replace/repair mounts
  • g.        Adjust valves
  • h.        Replace air filter
  • i.         Replace liftpump
  • j.         Repair heat exchanger
  • Install Dual Racor fuel filter for aux engine
  • Install SS plate to protect deck from anchor & rode
  • Install anchor rode chain stopper (Maxwell brand)
  • Structure to securely store secondary Bruce anchor in bow locker
  • Service windlass
  • Service winches
  • Repair water damaged interior mahogany (port side, under leaking port back to nav station)
  • Upgrade/reposition rub strakes for increased fender and dock line protection
  • Rig dingy harness (for lifting on davits)
  • Fabricate radar repeater bracket for mounting under hard dodger (port side)
  • Extend/install primary anchor chain to 300’; connect bitter end to boat with line
  • Evaluate running rigging for replacement
  • Validate flood light on radar pole operation
  • Battery equalization process?
  • Night lighting in salon (red lights in foot areas)
  • Repair engine room corrosion spots (brackets, engine touch-up, etc.)
  • Mount DVD player, audio switch and iPod in starboard cabinet behind aft salon chair (wood block mount)
  • Evaluate Webasto heaters (heat leaks in engine room)
  • 12V outlet @ starboard master bunk in stern cabin
  • Protective structure around heat ducting in galley sole locker, hydraulic pump under bunk and bowthruster
  • General inspection/service on dingy (Sal's Inflatables)
  • Rig new anchor snubber bridle
  • Repair / replace watermaker high pressure pump and mounts
  • Service watermaker feed pump
  • Extend stern pulpit forward to next set of stanchions

The Outcome -- 2006 05 19
  • Rebedded port salon port (2nd aft from salon bulkhead)
  • Replaced Outhaul
  • Replaced Genoa Sheets
  • Preventer Rig (fixed on each side of boom; easy to lead to bow cleat/snatch block); still need preventer line
  • Major FischerPanda Genset service
  • a.        Flush coolant and replace w/ pink coolant
  • c.        Replace waterpump & impeller
  • d.        Replace fuel filters
  • e.        Repair corrosion
  • f.         Replace/repair mounts
  • g.        Adjust valves (?)
  • h.        Replace air filter
  • j.         Replace heat exchanger
  • Installed Dual Racor fuel filter for aux engine
  • Installed SS plate to protect deck from anchor & rode
  • Installed anchor rode chain stopper (Maxwell brand)
  • Installed custom holder to securely store secondary Bruce anchor in bow locker
  • Serviced windlass
  • Serviced winches
  • Repaired water damaged interior mahogany (port side, under leaking port back to nav station)
  • Repaired teak deck -- 3 split teak planks, port stern step, starboard entry gate and starboard toerail plug
  • Upgraded/repositioned rub strakes for increased fender and dock line protection
  • Rigged dingy harness (for lifting on davits)
  • Fabricated SS radar repeater bracket for mounting under hard dodger (port side)
  • Extended primary anchor chain to 300’; connected bitter end to boat with line
  • Validate flood light on radar pole operation (?)
  • Battery equalization process -- not recommended, but use alternator regulator if desired
  • Installed night lighting in salon (red lights in foot areas)
  • Replaced corroded engine room brackets with custom SS
  • Mounted DVD player, audio switch and iPod in starboard cabinet behind aft salon chair (wood block mount)
  • Installed 12V outlet @ starboard master bunk in stern cabin
  • Installed protective structures around heat ducting in galley sole locker, hydraulic pump under bunk and bowthruster
  • Repaired oar mounts and keel guard on dingy (Sal's Inflatables)
  • Rigged new anchor snubber bridle
  • Replaced watermaker high pressure motor and pump
  • Extend stern pulpit forward to next set of stanchions (scheduled for return visit)
  • Replace main halyard and possibly jib halyard (scheduled for return visit)

Overall about as good an experience as you can expect.  Adam, the yard foreman is very diligent and customer service oriented.  Workmen
need to be reminded of how to properly protect teak deck during projects.

2006 06 20 Update
Need to return to the yard to deal with a few lingering issues.  The genset leaks coolant and is hard to start.  The SS deck guard
is corroding a bit and the installation resulted in some minor damage to the deck.

2006 07 09 Update
Need to return to the yard again.  The genset still leaks coolant and is hard to start.  There is still evidence of a transmission leak.  The SS
deck guard continues to corrode excessively.  Also planning to have the stern pulpit extended and SS guards installed over the aft dorades.

2006 07 30 Update
Very nice work by the metal shop.  The stern pulpits are extended to facilitate additional storage (Magma table, Life Sling, etc.) and guards
were installed over the after dorades.  Very nice -- looks good and provides a handhold when on the aft deck.  Genset is extremley hard to
start (takes 12 tries).  Svensen's claims everything is working right, but that oil pump is small and has trouble getting the unit up to pressure
before the interlock checks take over an shut it down.  Extremely frustrating.  Will follow-up directly w/ FP to get the straight story.

2006 09 02 Update
After direct discussions by me with Fischer Panda in Florida, the starting problem was determined to be fuel system related.  I ended up
directly ordering and installing a replacement fuel injection pump and a fuel bleed system upgrade kit.  No word from Svendsen's in
response to a request for them to deal with their inability to correct the starting problem.  Very disappointing.  The genset now starts great,
every time.  Fischer Panda also confirmed that Svendsen's installation of a replacement lift pump (Facet) was incorrect as it should have
been installed after the Racor filter, not before it.