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.

Arrival San Diego, Off-loading, Arrival Dana Point

The arrival at San Diego, off-loading of Lucky Stars, and cruise to Dana Point on Saturday 24 September. All seems to have gone without a hitch. I couldn’t be on site for any of this. Katy and I did go to see her Sunday morning. Even covered with wax and sea salt, she looked great to us. Here are some photos courtesy of Justin Zumwalt, Nordhavn.

  • Arrival San Diego

  • We are calling this one the official arrival portrait

  • We are calling this on the official arrival portrait. Looks like all eyes are on her.

BBC Nebraska Destination San Diego 21 Sept

Getting closer, and seems to be on schedule for 23 September arrival. Nordhavn company policy prevents me from being present for the off-loading or for the transit to Dana Point. I don’t like it but I understand. In July 2009 a Nordhavn 56 Motor Sailer was dropped while off-loading at San Diego, ultimately sinking. The freak accident is interesting MOSTLY because of the exceptional response by Nordhavn to make the new owner as happy as possible. Its a great story of customer service. Nordhavn 56 Story

I’m not worried about this kind of accident but I would find the ship handling interesting to watch. I’ll get plenty of time with Lucky Stars shortly.

21 September 2016 09:33

BBC Nebraska

BBC Nebraska is underway with Lucky Stars and N5276. I decided to start tracking her with Marine Traffic Satellite Service. I was on the fence about this until I read about super typhoon Meranti. Nebraska should be out of the current cone, but that was enough to motivate my $15 subscription upgrade. So today here she sails about 2700+ nm behind her and about 3400+ to go to San Diego.

BBC Nebraska 12Sept 1010EDT

BBC Nebraska:

A Versatile Ship (Photos from Marine Traffic.com)

BBC Nebraska Specs