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Care, share and repair

When we arrived to Valencia, we moved from the southern Marina, Valencia Mar, to Marina Norte, where our friend Holger from Rivercafe was waiting on the quay. It was a happy reunion with Karin and Holger since we last said goodbye in Antigua in December 2021. So many stories to be told and advices shared.

 

 

 

 

 

We learned to know about the new anchor, Ultra. After a quick research we learned that the Ultra anchor is standard on the new Hallberg Rassy boats, so to be safe on all places on the journey to come, we ordered a new anchor and got help to install it from Gerard.

 

 

 

A day without repair is very unusual for sailors.  Some repairs are a heavier hassle than others. This time we had to change the washing machine.

With some calm preparation, using the lines from the mast and with the help of Magnus, we hove the new Hoover onboard. Without a single scratch. With a weight of 60 kilo, bulky as an elefant, the old washing machine could serve as an anchor…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long term sailing is provisioning in new places. In Valencia, there are excellent bike tracks and our small and strong bikes takes us to the local market in Cabanyal.

The fish market is full of sea treasures and delicious squids, mussels and gambas.

It’s easy to deliver to the boat. In Mercadona, we just fill the trolley and the next day we get a swift and friendly delivery. In the hot spanish summer, we need a lot of water.

Its finally time to say farewell to our dear friends and all-time helper, Joaquin and Nieves.

Back to sea level

Farewell dinner with Joaquin, Nieves and ClaudiaFrom the high mountains of Klosters, we are now returning to the wavy, open landscapes of the sea. It’s 524  days since we after more than 18 month, one Atlantic crossing and two seasons in the Caribbean, disembarked Ydalir II in Antigua. On the 19th of July we embarked on Yaghan in Valencia with the intention to make it our primary home for the next years  to come and we sense it will become an important milestone.

 

 

Our first one thousand miles(+} sailing Yaghan with Valencia as base

 

Since the spring of 2022 we have used most of our spare time to prepare ourselves and Yaghan for new long haul adventures.

We have sailed her, mainly on Costa Azahar, Costa Blanca and around the Balears  for weeksends and a some vacations weeks and after around 1500 NM we start to feel a bit more familiar onboard.

In the meantime we have done some upgrades of equipments onboard:

  • We replace the KVH and the Iridium Pilot satellite systems, with faster Irdium Certus 700, with which have good experience from our previous Atlantic Crossing, on SY Ydalir II.
  • We have very recently installed the maritme version of Elon Musk’s Starlink and are now enjoying internet connections upto 300+ Mbits/s – cursious to see how well in will serve us across the oceans
  • We have replace all 12 and 24 V batteries with faster charging MasterVolt batteries
  • We have serviced engines and winches, got the rigg checked and serviced the lift raft and other safety equiment
  • We changed the VHF to Vesper Cortex, with build in AIS, collision advoidance, anchor watch etc.
  • We got a new, Highfield Ultralight 340 dinghy and the gelcoat is now polsihed and vaxed
  • Last but but not least we found an electrical induction stove fitting the space after the Force 10, with only minor adjustments.

Yagahan’s electrical supply – Change to MasterVolt lithium

Yaghan has three principle electrical systems, two DC 12V and 24 V and AC230V. AC charing of the batteries are either through shore power or via an Onan 18kW generator. While running the main Volvo Penta engine, we also get both 12 and 24 V charging via two alternators.

The main power bank to supply electricity under sail is a 24V battery bank placed under the bed in the master cabin. This was until recently consisting of twelve 950 Ah two-volt cells connected in serious. This system have served previous owners well. We did however build our own experience with lithium batteries when we converted our previous boat, at we got very impressed by the robustness, the computerised monitoring and especially the very fast charing. We therefore decided to make the effort and investment to convert Yaghan to MasterVolt lithium and as we wanted to have the installation made as professional as possible, we agreed with our friend Hans Rutgersson, former CD Bilradio AB in Gothenburg, now MD of HR teknik AB, who have given us so great support in the past, to make the installation. Hans spent a few days onboard in the autumn of 22 to explore and design. We agreed to order six 24V 200Ah batteries for the main power-bank, one 12V 200Ah battery for 12V supply and one 12V lithium start battery. In addition we two 24V 200Ah batteries to be connected in series to supply the bow thruster with 48V and being charged by two DC-DC chargers

In addition we order new alternators, regulators and two MasterVolt Combi Ultra 24/3500, chargers and inverters and an extra separate charger thus permitting as to charge with 300A and giving us 7 kW 230 AC from the inverters.

By pure luck, the size and physical format of one 24V litium batteri was more or less identical to two two-volt cells, which ment that we could very easily fit the and fasten them in the same holders. We reduced the weight of 24V power-bank from 960 kg to 270 kg, ie close to 700 kg less.