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Experiences & Tips

Tips and experiences from Maxi Owners

Another tale of a tangle!

Reading Peter Wright’s article about Dream Machine’s net-fouling problem in Flushing revived recent memories of a problem we encountered in Kjempekjekk during a S Brittany cruise last summer. 
We were originally headed for Corunna from Fowey but for a couple of very good reasons had modified our plan en route and turned left toward La Rochelle.  Which is why we came to be 25 miles west of Raz de Sein on a calm afternoon, donking along gently to clear the southern end of the Ushant TSS. 
Suddenly there was a loud bang and the engine and KJ quickly stopped.  Looking aft we saw two long ends of thick multi-plait rope streaming astern!!  
We quickly gathered up the free ends and hauled them inboard.  No amount of pulling or pushing seemed to work; the engine gear lever wouldn’t move so the only thing for it was to go overboard and look.  Luckily we had snorkel and flippers aboard and the weather was fair although KJ was rolling quite heavily at times.   

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Exemplary service in the Baltic – rudder bearing repair!

Sybarite, my Maxi 1200, and I have been cruising the Baltic since June 2004.  I had noticed some minor leakage over the last year but had been unable to identify the source unequivocally.

However, when on passage from Latvia to Visby last week in strongish winds (Force 6 and 7) for most of the journey, the leak became more troublesome with the automatic bilge pump cutting in every few minutes until we had to resort to the manual pump when it failed due to a clogged filter.  On arrival at Visby, I contacted Maxi and reported my problem.  Maxi immediately sent down their works manager and after inspection we were agreed that the most likely cause was a defective rudder bearing.

It was arranged that I would sail up to Farosund, in north Gotland, where Maxi have opened a new factory and there they would lift out my yacht, repair her and for a reasonable fee store and maintain her over the winter.

The service I received was exemplary, I cannot praise their reaction to my problem too highly.  It is gratifying indeed to know that they have such concern for the ongoing condition of their yachts and provide such outstanding support for owners.  I am reinforced in my view that a Maxi yacht is undoubtedly one of the better buys for its quality and for the service provided both by the UK agents, S D Marine and Maxi Yachts.

Duncan McMillan                  August 2005

Short handed pontoon mooring – without grief

With only two persons on board, mooring alongside our berth is made easy by adding an extra mooring line and repositioning a fender. All we do is……. position a fender on the bow so it does not hit the pontoon, if the bow springs in, and use a fixed-length bow-spring to prevent our bow hitting the pontoon. When we come in to our berth we drop the bow-spring loop over the center pontoon cleat and tie up the stern line. If the the wind is blowing the bow off the pontoon we use forward engine power to spring the bow onto the pontoon.


First we make a fixed-spring……
With the boat alongside, we take an extra mooring line with a loop at one end and attach the loop to the boat’s bow cleat. we make sure the fixed-spring is as long as your normal lines. We tie a bowline to make another loop to fit over the pontoon center cleat. We make the loop large enough to fit over the center cleat (but not too large, else it may jump off the cleat), we position the loop so that the line stops the boat’s bow from hitting the pontoon when the rope stretches under load caused by forward motion of the boat.

fixed spring


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SuperTed Meets India Juliet – Experiences of a highline in 35 knots of wind!

A funny thing happened on the way back from Hardway the other weekend!   With the luxury of a rare additional crew in the form of Ann Arscot, we set off home in a steady 35 knots with two reefs and storm jib.  As we bashed past Lee On Solent hard on the wind, India Juliet appeared out of the gloom, circled around and hovered close overhead.
Looking up, we saw crew standing at the open door holding a board with 67 written on it.  Changing to channel 67 on the VHF I went below to communicate with them – far too noisy on deck!   “With the skipper’s permission we would like to do a high line” OK.   Now I’ve always wanted to do this practice but really with 35 knots of wind and big holes in the sea and the boat doing 6 ½ knots?  The pilot then asked if we were ready to copy the brief.  Not sure what the brief consisted of, I prepared myself to take down copious notes!   Scrambling around for a piece of paper and pencil with the boat lurching I got myself ready to write – wasn’t easy  but got a few keywords down “steady course,  close hauled on port tack,  don’t attach the weighted line to the boat, pull in all the slack, helmsman mustn’t be distracted by the helicopter, winch man will indicate when to stop pulling etc.   So here goes…………

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