January 11, 2021 at 2:21 am #225883Neil McnamaraParticipant
G’day to all,
My name is Neil (Brisbane Australia) and I am the new owner of Blue Pelican (Hull #122), well new owner since March last year.
Some of you may know that Blue Pelican has already circumnavigated with her previous owners and is now resting up for a little while in Brisbane whilst I do some minor refit work & TLC before she sets off again (we’ll see how far we go)
Spent a bit of time already on the site looking at some of the projects previously documented and picked up some good ideas.
So far we have:-
Replace sheet winches
Replaced all hatches
Replaced all ports
Replaced the headliner
Replaced the internal side panels (where the ports are)
Removed the Diesel Heater
Installed New Solar Vent
New Bilge Pump
“Some” bigger jobs still to do:-
Lithium Battery System
New Bimini & Dodger
New Boom Bag
Composting Head (controversial I know)
New Nav & Communication Electronics
Replace Cap Rails
2nd Anchor Roller
Smaller Jobs to do:-
Too Many – it’s a BOAT!!!!
Anyway – glad to be on board here.
January 11, 2021 at 9:29 am #225884Ben FrothinghamParticipant
Sounds like you jumped in to the deep end of the pool! I am interested in what you did with the overhead. Do you have any photos? I am just embarking on that project and considering 1/4 inch thick vinyl bead board to give a bright, easily cleanable, water proof surface. Also, wondering if you saw the recent posts on the propane system. The original installations were sketchy and deserve a close look for safety.
January 11, 2021 at 9:30 am #225885kalinowskiParticipant
Aloha Neil: let me know if you plan on visiting Hawai’i. We keep our 424 ketch Jolly Lama there on O’ahu.
Jolly Lama #135
January 11, 2021 at 9:48 am #225886Bryan BywalecKeymaster
Welcome! My wife and I have a P424 Cutter and added both a Air Head composting head (love it, would never go back to a holding tank) and LiFePo4 batteries. We built our own 12v 600AH battery pack from CALB cells and they are a game changer. There is a bit of a learning curve to make sure you get the maximum lifespan but we’d also never go back to lead-acid unless I wasn’t a full time sailor.
This wasn’t quite finished so excuse the lack of cable organization.
Vigari, who is lurking around here somewhere, also went full electric propulsion with custom drop-in LiFePO4s direct from China.
S/V Pelican, Hull 209
Siren Engineering, LLC
January 11, 2021 at 10:51 am #225889Idyll OursParticipant
Hey Neil, we have a sloop rig version (#125) up here in Ontario doing various projects as time and funding permit during our brief season. I was down under 6 years ago and met Dennis on board Miss Kathleen across the Tasman in Auckland, he has documented some of his projects here as well. I believe he summarized his hard dodger as well as some others, he has done some very nice work on his ketch.
January 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm #225890Ben FrothinghamParticipant
I would be interested in seeing Miss Kathleen’s hard dodger photos but the link to Google Plus is no longer active. Does anyone have them?
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