Aroundoceans with SV Emerald Sea

Our journey on water

25 March 2018 | Victoria. British Columbia
05 October 2017 | Victoria BC
24 August 2017 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
27 July 2017 | Reeds Bay, Hilo, Hawaii
10 July 2017 | Reeds Bay, Hilo, Hawaii
22 June 2017 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
18 June 2017 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
12 June 2017 | Humane, French Polynesia
05 June 2017 | Moorea, French Polynesia
05 June 2017 | Tahiti
07 May 2017 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
21 April 2017 | Fakarava, Tuamotu's, French Polynesia
05 April 2017 | Tahanea Atoll. Tuamotu's, French Polynesia
05 April 2017 | Makemo Atoll, Tuamotu's, French Polynesia
07 March 2017 | Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
20 February 2017 | Rikitea, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
14 January 2017 | Playita, Panama City, Panama
02 January 2017 | La Plait, Panama City
17 December 2016 | Isla Nargana
16 December 2016 | San Blas, Panama

A Tale of Two Outboards

05 June 2017 | Tahiti
Here are two popular brands of 4 stroke 20 horsepower outboard motors - a 2013 Honda BF20 and the 2017 Yamaha F20C. I've had the fortune, or perhaps the misfortune, to own both so thought I'd let you know my impression of each. We've owned the BF20 for over 3 years, was purchased new, used almost daily and maintained as per the manual. It's been often, driven moderate to hard. The F20C (C stands for 'Commercial') we've had now for a month, is now broken in and is our mainstay outboard. Both engines are stock engines off the shelf.
Here's my impression.

+ BF20 is more fuel efficient than the F20C at 50% throttle; guessimate is 10-15%
+ BF20 has better low end torque however each are about the same at the upper end of the torque band. Overall I think the F20C drives our 3.5m Al dinghy faster. Note this could also be a prop pitch choice.
+ F20C runs quieter at mid throttle while the Honda is quieter at idle.
+ Our experience with the BF20 is that its very sensitive (too much so) to the quality of fuel. We've gone through 3 carburetors even though we use an external fuel filter/water separator. The F20-Commercial is advertised to be less sensitive to fuel quality.
+ We found the BF20 overall unreliable. While I've maintained it according to the ops manual and never abused it, we seem to always have numerous and varied breakdowns. Outside of regular maintenance these include: replaced carb (3x), fuel pump (2x), broken throttle cable, broken ignition cable (2x), prop seals (not a fishing line issue). The final problem, and its last stand, was unsolved after 3 outboard mechanic inspections including that of Honda. Its now for sale!

For our Honda to fail us as often as it did in 3 years was a surprise and disappointment (fiscally) and we began not to trust it when we wanted to go on longer excursions. We had heard many positive reports for the Honda from other cruisers and locals around our marina (Keppel). Perhaps ours was built on a Monday morning! On the other hand, the Yamaha is a stalwart of outboards so we are expecting a good life from it. Also noteworthy is that we have always had trouble finding Honda service centers in our international travels and had to import these parts. And we've noticed that Yamaha are much more widely represented.
Vessel Name: Emerald Sea
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 450
Hailing Port: Singapore
Crew: Steve P, Rosemarie P
This site charts the adventures and misadventures of our family and hopefully share some of the practical tips and tricks that we picked up along the way. As our experiences grows so will the site as we share with you our aroundoceans journey. [...]
We untied the ropes from Keppel Marina in Singapore in August 2014 and haven't looked back. Across the Indian and around South Africa into the South Atlantic Oceans, the leeward Caribbean and South Pacific....with many stops along the way. And now, perhaps finally for this chapter, British [...]
Emerald Sea's Photos - Main
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Keeping our carbon footprint to a minimum! Solar array extending over cockpit.
Clean fuel is essential to a maintenance free engine. Racor Dual 500s with vacuum gauge. We use 5 and 10 micron filters.
Emerald from aft - offshore Singapore.
Axel with baracudda.
Axel installing the Ocean Safety life raft. This is an ISO Ocean series and one we hope never to use!
Axel underwater following turtles at Tioman.
Solar frame mount showing the upper supports.
Aft view during the solar system installation.
The storm jib being installed.  We will be seen!  Sail blogs took an upright photo and rotated it!
Hawaii was a stop over on our way to Canada however we were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our 3 weeks in Big Hawaii.
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A selection from 1000's of photos from out 6 months in French Polynesia. But were missing the photos from Gambier, Makemo, Tahanea.....
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Created 27 July 2017
We transited the Panama Canal on 30-31st December 2016.
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Barbados, Martinique, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada. A few of our photos captured here.
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Photo fun...
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10-15 April 2016
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What doesn't fit into the albums will be found here....
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26 June to 13 July 2015
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5 February to 13 May 2015
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17 July to 12 October 2015
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29 May to 25 June 2015
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16 April to 20 May 2015
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Photos from Singapore to Langkawi
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Our first 2 weeks out in East Malaysia (Sept 14)
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Our Bon voyage party with our yachtie neighbors.
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In June 14 we sailed up to Pulau Tioman for our first journey of living on this new boat and trialing new equipment including the drogue system, storm jib, solar system and other vessel installations.
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