Cat Harbor July 2018

We headed out to Cat Harbor, Santa Catalina Island, CA. to exercise the stabilizers after the overheating event on our run back up from Coronado. Operation was normal.

We picked up a mooring port side with the help of Harbor Patrolman. Otherwise mooring gymnastics would have been required that Katy would just as well try to avoid.

Photo ops of the geological type abound on the back side of Catalina. Some of these photos are in the gallery below.

As we approached the west end of Catalina, the Furuno display showed an unexpected navigational “route segment.” In the photo below, check the straight line cutting across the isthmus. It intersects the parallel course that I am following, and near the endpoint of the my route on the other side of the island. I’m not sure when this popped up or what I means. Seems odd. If I had been navigating the route on autopilot, what would the AP do? I will discuss it with Alcom at some future date and update this post accordingly.

We peddled/paddled (Katy on her Hobie SUP) to the dinghy dock. We were rewarded by a pretty cold Stella and a short walk up the east bound trail from Ballast Point.


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Dinghy What it Looks Like,

This is much overdue post about the dinghy. I’m about ready to spend a family week away form Dana Point so I will add explanations to these photo galleries in a few days.

This dinghy, 10′ 3″ AB Navigo 10. Honda 20hp outboard. Ed Thomas, Trade Winds Inflatables, is doing the rigging.

We thought about naming the dinghy “SHARK” after an important family picture of our son Dave. If the dinghy needs a name, it will surely be SHARK. Fast forward from the 15 month old rower and you have a man enjoying the benefits of an outboard.

Some Specs

Loading from the Port Side
This is more typical. But the hoist placement on Lucky Stars may make a stern operation possible. Most of her earlier siblings necessitated side loading operations.

Loading from the Stern
This is how we want to do it from our slip which requires bow in. We think we have a procedure that will work. Only problem loading is that the dinghy hull must be held off the swim step. This is accomplished, carefully, pushing it off with the feet while lifting very slowly. More on this technique later. Dave Harlow, Nordhavn, is working on the technique. Trevor Streech, Prime Fabrication, is helping with the best placement prior to measuring for chocks, etc.

Satellite Compass Installation

Alcoa tech Peter re-installed the Furuno SC50 Satellite Compass processor unit today. It was necessary to add a “wedge” between the bulkhead and the processor in order to orient the processor correctly. As noted in the Operator’s Manual, installation must be “…and which is within ±2.5° of the ship’s fore-and-aft line.” It seems the processor must be perpendicular to this line as well. Tomorrow I will add a picture of the installed unit and later report on how the ultimate calibration goes.

  • Sat Compass Blackbox Schematic Snapshot

  • Furuno SC50 Connections

  • Furuno SC50 Processor and Wedge

  • From the Operator's Manual

Also, today I met the owner of the new Nordhavn 52 that was shipmate to Lucky Stars on BBC Nebraska. We are using pretty much the same people for commissioning.

Commissioning Week 1 – Instruments Light Up for First Time

Alcom guys, Robert and Daniel, were busy today. I saw the panel lit up for the first time. This made my day.

Panel Lights Up

You can see Daniel’s feet under the panel. There’s a lot of room to work, which is one of the reasons I selected the Nordhavn 43.

Also today, Eddy from Jeddy’s Interiors measured for carpeting and shades. We looked at his carpet work on N52 ALEOLI. There were several other items on ALEOLI that interest me: hand rails and Magma grill among others. She is a beautifully outfitted vessel. I also took a lot of notes touring the newest N55 that accompanied Lucky Stars from China aboard BBC Nebraska.

Today, I started a photo collection and notes about what is found under each hatch and inspection panel. There are many.

Commissioning Week 1 (Pilot House Photos)

This week has been spent exploring the spaces of Lucky Stars and making appointments with craftspeople that will be supplying all sorts of gear. I will eventually write up a section on each of these: Canvas, Carpets, Shades, Davits, Grab Bars… and a lot more. For now I have gathered the photos taken this week into groups that roughly parallel the way Nordhavn organizes the large collections of photos that accompany their “Manuals.” My photos (clearly non-pro) were taken with my iPhone or Olympus Tough Point-and-Shoot. Many shots are intended to help me identify components, valves, pumps, etc. I have endless “whats-that” questions that will be answered over the next many weeks of commissioning.

Note: The orientation is incorrect for a few photos. Apparently different browsers treat image orientation differently. The photos render correctly on iPhone Safari for example, but not on Safari, Firefox, or Chrome for Macs. The fix seems to be to substitute screen shots that do not contain orientation metadata.

When Nordhavn gives me their photo collection for N4343 after commissioning, I plan to assemble them into my reference database then publish all on this blog site. I have seen such photo collections given to other owners. They are a comprehensive visual reference of everything visible on the boat. Much of the “invisibles” can be analyzed using the large collection of photos of the construction now accessible on this blog.

Pilot House

Pilot House Photos Week 1 of Commissioning

Commissioning Week 1 (Engine Room Photos)

These are mainly photos taken to help me research components and ask questions.