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This page captures various changes we have made to Maringret which although beneficial don’t require their own page.
Fitted Solar Panels (2004)
|We moved our two 25 watt solar panels from the Maxi 95, additionally we purchased two more panels of 50 watts each. After reviewing the available locations we decided to mount them on the top of the davits. Part of the problems with the new ketch rig was that there was more “stuff” in the air to cast shadows on the solar panels. We had two 25 mm stainless tubes welded onto the davits and then the NOA fittings attached to these.|
Fitted Wind Generator (2004)
Replaced Boat Name (2004)
Replaced Curtains (2005)
Fitted New Berth in Aft Cabin (2005)
As there was no double berth on the HR 41 we decided to create one in the aft cabin. We made it transverse to the boat by building it over the existing “V” berth. So far we have left this in softwood which has been painted a brown to match the neighbouring mahogany. We got a double width mattress from Ikea which comes with its own slats – this meant the flow of air under the mattress is good. Our intention is to convert the bed frame to proper sepele mahogany.
Removed Reflex Heater (2007)
Maringret had a lovely Reflex diesel heater in the saloon when we bought her. Unfortunately it had been installed in one of the two sea berths, alright for day sailing but not much use for ocean passages. Gravity fed radiators had been hooked up to the heater with radiators in the forepeak, aft cabin and aft head. We removed the Reflex heater in order to reclaim the sea berth, the radiators were removed at the same time. In place of the Reflex we installed a Dickinson Newport heater next to the compression post in the saloon.
Converted Davits to Rotate 180 Degrees (2008)
We do not always use our davits, also when mooring Maringret for a winter we are able to deduct 1 meter from her length by rotating the davits inboard. We had toyed with the idea of also having it so we could position the davits straight outwards (i.e. out to the side from the hull) or straight inwards but could not come up with a use for that. We did not intend to carry a dinghy in the davits for the ocean passages so the davits being out the rear was not a necessity. We also wondered if having the solar panels, which sit on the davits, around a wind vane would interfere with its operation. Taking these concerns together made the decision to have the davits cut and flanges fitted so the davits could be rotated 180 degrees.
One benefit that has come from the modification is that we can now mount accesories like barbeque and outboard motor mounting brackets between the flanges of the davits. We anticipate that something similar can be done for fitting a tiller pilot to our Hydrovane wind vane.
Removed Samson Posts (2009)
The Hallberg Rassy 41 was built over 5 years from 1976 until 1981. For the first year only they built in samson posts both forward and aft. This was discontinued from the second year onwards. With huge cleats both forward and aft we never used the samson posts and seemed to mainly trip over them. While we were lifting the teak decks we also removed the samson posts. The decks were not fixed to the samson posts, simply sealed with polysulfide caulking. Both posts were glassed onto the keel and we cut them off where they joined the keel.
- Nigel Calder’s “Boatowner’s Mechanical and Electrical Manual” at Amazon
- Steve Dashew’s “Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia” available for free download here
- Fred P. Bingham’s “Boat Joinery & Cabinet Making” at Amazon
- Daniel Spurr’s “Upgrading the Cruising Sailboat – 2nd Edition” at Amazon
- Practical Sailor magazine
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