The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

08 July 2022 | Italy, Rocella Ionica, Porto delle Grazie (position: 38 19.266'N 16 25.835'E)
05 July 2022 | Sicily, Siracusa (position: 37 03.382'N 15 16.675'E)
04 July 2022 | Sicily, Portopalo (36 40.184'N 15 06.769'E)
30 June 2022 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
10 March 2022 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
05 March 2022 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
01 March 2022 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
10 January 2022 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
16 December 2021 | Ashton under Hill
16 August 2021 | Sicily, Boat Service Trapani (position: 38.00.840'N 12.31.297'E)
14 August 2021 | Sicily, Trapani (position 38 00.427'N 12 30.245'E) eastern anchorage behind southern breakwater
12 August 2021 | Sicily, Cornino (position: 38 05.712'N 12 39.510'E)
09 August 2021 | Sicily, Terrasini Sud (position: 38 09.412'N 13 04.709'E)
07 August 2021 | Sicily, Palermo, Nautica Galizzi (position: 38 07.372'N 13 22.218'E)
01 August 2021 | Sicily, Termini Imerese (position: 37 58.851'N 13 42.872'E) & Artemar Marina
27 July 2021 | Sicily, Cefalu (position: 38.02.042'N 14 02.463'E)
25 July 2021 | Sicily, Contrada Rais-Gerbi (position: 38 01.673'N 14 08.546'E)
24 July 2021 | Sicily, Capo d'Orlando, S.Carra (position: 38 09.354'N 14 47.674'E)
15 July 2021 | Sicily, Milazzo (position: 38 13.206'N 15 14.741'E)
10 July 2021 | Vulcano, Spaggia di Cannitello - Aeolian Islands (position: 38 22.318'N 15 00.287'E)

seacocks - access can be a right pain in the arse

05 March 2022 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
Bruce & Caroline Trott
that's going to be a bloody big hole!

With the exception of just two of Flirtie's seacocks they are all readily accessible. They are either in the base of cupboards, behind dedicated access panels or under small floor panels.


easy access to the galley sink seacock


easy access to the forward sink seacock


easy access to the forward heads seacock

Unfortunately the two that are not readily accessible can only be reached by removing a couple of the saloon cushions, emptying the entire contents of the saloon locker, removing the false floor that resides at the base of the locker and then climbing in to reach the handles of the seacocks. In summary a right pain in the arse every time we want to leave the boat for an extended period or god forbid access them in an emergency.

With a return trip to the UK planned for April, that means the locker needs emptying again - and then again on our return 2 weeks later. Expletive, expletive, expletive!

It was time to take action and deal with the problem once and for all!

Fortunately the solution didn't cost a great deal and didn't involve a lot of work. More by luck than anything else because all we needed to do was add a small inspection hatch to the wall in the ensuite. With the inspection cover removed we could then reach in and open and close both seacocks as required. A neat and tidy solution and a major safety improvement we feel.


all marked up


no going back now


phew; the hole is in the right place!


inspection hatch silicone'd & screwed into place


hidden behind the waste bin

Just perfect we think! You have to ask yourself why we didn't do it years ago and save all the aggravation and upheaval every time we leave or return to Flirtie!


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holes in the poop tank!

01 March 2022 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
Bruce & Caroline Trott
Our 31 year old leaky poop tank

After almost a week of settling back into life afloat we're ready to start working through this year's list of to-do items.

Fortunately this year's list doesn't compromise of too many critical items but there are a couple of big ones!

The biggest and most challenging is dealing with a leaky holding tank - aka "the poop tank" .

We were really fortunate that it was fine all last season and only started leaking when we flushed the tank out with fresh water just prior to leaving for the UK.

We mustn't complain though because our holding tank is made of stainless steel and is 31 years old. That's a really good age when you consider what it's holding - urine, poo & salt water, a really corrosive concoction as you can imagine!


Rust on one of the seams


Rust on another seam and in the centre of one of the flat panels

Initially we considered a straightforward swap of new for old but after receiving a quote for an identically shaped tank of 80 litres of circa €2000+vat we needed to review our options. We approached a company in the UK and they quoted about £600.... but then there was shipping and import costs to consider. Following Brexit, these costs were going to be significant so we continued to look at alternative options.

When Flirtie was built, holding tanks were virtually unheard of but now that they are standard on almost every production boat there are numerous companies out there selling off-the-shelf holding tanks. We just needed to find one that would fit the space available on Flirtie.

After scouring various company websites and downloading what seamed like dozens of pdf's we eventually came across one that we were fairly confident would fit but unfortunately it did mean we had a lot of woodwork to do. New floor supports would be needed together with a new plywood floor shaped to fit the hull. If we measured accurately and got everything right we would be left with just 8mm clearance - it was certainly going to be tight fit!

After checking and double checking our measurements we finally committed to placing the order with an Italian online chandlery www.magellanostore.it. Five days later it was here and then the work could really commence.


Osculati 78 litre rectangular waste tank

To keep disruption to a minimum we tried to source all the materials we needed before starting. Some we purchased online from one of our now preferred chandlers in Germany www.svb24.com (regrettably it's no longer cost effective to purchase from our preferred UK chandler's) and the rest from our local DIY store www.bricoman.it Bricoman is about 35 minutes away by car from where we're berthed and we'd like to thank Steve and Annette from Sailing Yacht Cordelia for kindly allowing us to tag along (and fill their car boot) on one of their trips. Steve and Annette maintain a youtube channel and you can watch how their adventures unfold here with their cutest crew member Gus: youtube.com/c/SailingSVCordelia

With everything to hand it was now time to start. Rather than use words to try and detail how the project unfolded, hopefully the pictures and the supporting notes will present a clearer picture.


Shaping the floor bearers


New floor bearers glued and screwed in place & painted


The new plywood floor shaped, routed & painted


Plywood floor in place and ready to accept the new tank


Tank installed, secured & plumbed in

So there you have it, a newly installed holding tank that we hope will give us many years of service and all for less than €400. Yes, it did require a reasonable amount of work, but ultimately we think the final solution is actually better than the original - only time will tell!


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Keeping busy during lockdown - part 1

15 April 2021 | Sicily, Marina di Ragusa (position: 36 46.863'N 14 32.701'E)
Bruce
There is always something to do...

Our Eberspacher (boat heating) works a real treat when we're alongside and connected to shore power and the battery charger is keeping the batteries nicely topped up. At anchor however it's a different story. The problem is at initial startup the heating draws nearly 30amps for 5 minutes or so and if the batteries aren't fully charged the voltage loses by the time it reaches the heating unit are such that the system just shuts itself down.

With our longer term plans to sail earlier and later in the season it would be nice to be able to call on the heating as necessary so we needed to find a cost effective solution.

Our batteries are reasonably new and hold their charge, but it could be argued that the wires from the batteries to the distribution panel were slightly undersized and the bus bars would certainly benefit from an upgrade.

Before ripping out the wires to the distribution panel we decided to upgrade the bus bars first together with a couple of short wires relating to the central heating. Our bus bars are original (30 years old) and pretty basic as you can see from the picture below.


existing bus bar - pressed plate with push on terminals on a piece of perspex

The wiring/cable management wasn't great either and would certainly benefit from a bit of organisation.


existing wiring

We ordered the parts from our preferred European supplier www.svb24.com now that the UK has left the EU in order to avoid the excessive import charges that now apply.

With a few hours effort the new bus bars were installed successfully and all the existing cables were reconnected with fresh ring terminals.


new bus bars and wiring reconnected



a test crimp to confirm we were using the right die and pressure


Now the moment of truth :-

With both our mains battery charger and solar panels switched off for 24hrs and the state of charge of our batteries down to around 80% we tried the heating......

Success!! This is the first time we've started and run the heating without the battery charger running! Without doubt the internal resistance of the old bus bars and connections was so significant it was the cause of the problem.

As an aside many weeks later we have observed that we are getting significantly less interference on a number of our radio devices like our Radio Telex (Weatherman) , Navtex and our SSB receiver all of which were getting power from the same bus bar.
Vessel Name: Yacht Flirtie
Vessel Make/Model: Trident Voyager 40
Hailing Port: Dartmouth, UK
Crew: Bruce and Caroline Trott
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Yacht Flirtie

Who: Bruce and Caroline Trott
Port: Dartmouth, UK

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