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Tranona

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Collected the new boat last Friday from Swanwick and sailed straight back to Poole. Inevitably west f4/5 so motorsailed most of the way. Seemed to handle seas well and maintained steady 5.5 knots through the water at just under 2000rpm and a full ebb spring tide to help us. 6 hours total.

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Name graphics courtesy of Elite Signs in Poole

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In home berth in Poole Yacht Club

On Wednesday took her out on my own. Not much wind but a nice bright day

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Reaching down Poole Harbour

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Anchored in Studland for lunch - not a seahorse in sight and only about 20 boats anchored in the bay.

So far boat has lived up to expectations, particularly the ease with which I can berth her singlehanded - one of the main reasons for changing boats. Also all the controls are lighter and easier to handle. Directionally very stable with a light helm and no weather helm. Sheets close to helm and furling on both sails works smoothly with little need for winching. Learning a bit more about the electronics everytime I use it. Seems much more intuitive than the Raymarine gear I had before. So, all in all very encouraging.
 

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Time to get some rope bags made up for the halyard tails?

One of many things on the list - although I never got round to it on the old boat and the tails seem happy just lying there! Have to do something about the mainsheet as Bavaria supplied it about twice as long as it needs to be. Always reluctant to cut rope though.
 

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Very Nice. I'll be faffing around in Poole this afternoon. Any chance of a pic of you tonneau cover? I've been thinking of something similar but haven't seen one a yacht to refer too.

It was made by Tecsew and you can see it on their website in the picture gallery. Several different examples of the same basic design which zips to the sprayhood. Mine was made so it goes out to the toerails and has a zipped access flap on one side.
 

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Also all the controls are lighter and easier to handle. Directionally very stable with a light helm and no weather helm. Sheets close to helm and furling on both sails works smoothly with little need for winching. Learning a bit more about the electronics everytime I use it. Seems much more intuitive than the Raymarine gear I had before. So, all in all very encouraging.

Excellent! I've had just the same thoughts about my Cruiser. Very easy to handle, and the fully integrated electronics work seamlessly.
 

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It,s such a nice boat I can afford to picky without causing offence! The spray hood would look much nicer in a dark blue that matches the UV strips and hull stripes IMHO. Do they choose grey as it is less likely to fade?
 

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It,s such a nice boat I can afford to picky without causing offence! The spray hood would look much nicer in a dark blue that matches the UV strips and hull stripes IMHO. Do they choose grey as it is less likely to fade?

The hull stripes are dark grey. With an aftermarket sprayhood, you can choose any colour you like. I went for a light grey sprayhood on my Cruiser, and had the UV strips on jib and main in matching fabric.
 
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The spray hood would look much nicer in a dark blue that matches the UV strips and hull stripes IMHO. Do they choose grey as it is less likely to fade?

Silver-grey is the "in" colour for boat fabric and other accents at the moment :). See JFM's baby superyacht over on the Mobo forum for example.

Dark blue on a white hull is either "classic" or "dated" depending on your point of view :D

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Yes, the grey is the standard Clipper fabric. Made by Tecsew. The UV strip is actually dark grey, not quite the same as the spray hood due to a mix up when I chose the UV strip and too late to change when I discovered the mistake. Not that I am bothered as it looks OK. As pvb says the hull stripes are grey unlike the older models which were blue and usually had blue sprayhoods etc. So last year!
 

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Looks great - congratulations

Does the boat moored next door (not the Southerly) have a wind generator mounted on the bow?!

edit: on closer inspection looks like a Freedom 35 so I suppose it's about the only place it could go. Might be a bit dangerous if you are staggering down the pontoon after a few jars in the club/pub
 
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Looks great - congratulations

Does the boat moored next door (not the Southerly) have a wind generator mounted on the bow?!

edit: on closer inspection looks like a Freedom 35 so I suppose it's about the only place it could go. Might be a bit dangerous if you are staggering down the pontoon after a few jars in the club/pub

It is usually moored stern to and the bowsprit bit was always a problem for me with my old boat as I had little room to clear it when leaving. One memorable afternoon hooked the claw of the Bruce under a pushpit rail took the combined efforts of the club launch and 6 blokes to get the boats into a position to unhook. The Freedom belongs to ex commodore and it is well travelled having done the Atlantic circuit a few years ago.
 

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Collected the new boat last Friday from Swanwick and sailed straight back to Poole. Inevitably west f4/5 so motorsailed most of the way. Seemed to handle seas well and maintained steady 5.5 knots through the water at just under 2000rpm and a full ebb spring tide to help us. 6 hours total.

IMG_20140101_014013.jpg


Name graphics courtesy of Elite Signs in Poole

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In home berth in Poole Yacht Club

On Wednesday took her out on my own. Not much wind but a nice bright day

IMG_20140101_000128.jpg


Reaching down Poole Harbour

IMG_20140101_011841.jpg


Anchored in Studland for lunch - not a seahorse in sight and only about 20 boats anchored in the bay.

So far boat has lived up to expectations, particularly the ease with which I can berth her singlehanded - one of the main reasons for changing boats. Also all the controls are lighter and easier to handle. Directionally very stable with a light helm and no weather helm. Sheets close to helm and furling on both sails works smoothly with little need for winching. Learning a bit more about the electronics everytime I use it. Seems much more intuitive than the Raymarine gear I had before. So, all in all very encouraging.

Eeeeeeeee, dead posh that boat.
 

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This boat looks really good, reading this and Tranona's other posts about selecting it has changed my view of Bavaria (in a good way). Interesting to see earlier today that Clipper Marine had one as a cancelled order available for <80k and it's gone already....
 
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