Friday, November 21, 2014

Nautor Villefranche people

Stephane & Vincent happy in their dinghy :-)
Stephane & Eleandro very concentrated on computer screen
Swan 70-007 MANU happy crew :-)

Perspex replacement on hatches

Replacing perspex on deck hatches requires some time to clean grooves,
apply different primers for GRP, perspex and teak
and apply proper sealants in successive  coats.

Carbon spinnaker pole lamination

When the spinnaker pole end fitting looks like this...
it is about time to replace it.
This happens because of corrosion between carbon and aluminium.
End of carbon pole is usually inflated because of
corrosion pushing and cracking away pole end.
it needs to be re-laminated... faired and painted
Final result with new Sparcraft mast end fitting.
A sheet of Tufnol™ has been added around fitting to insulate carbon and aluminium.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

B&G H5000 installation

Stephane replacing a bunch of B&G HV30/30 displays
after the yacht was hit by thunder strike
New H5000 brilliant Graphic Displays
Please note fully customizable pages and
one page dedicated to hydraulic sensors.
Behind the scene and Actisense NMEA buffers

H5000 Analogue Expansion modules to allow 3rd party sensors as
hydraulic sensors to be recognized and displayed on the network

Stephane configuring the H5000 installation using the
outstanding computer interface to control and customize
every single parameter
Testing and calibrating the record-breaking B&G H5000 Pilot.
The BERENICE crew and Stephane when calibrating the new H5000 installation
and first snow on the Alps in the background

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mastervolt Lithium Ion batteries

Modification of battery box
Stéphane installing the batteries, breakers and relays
Mastervolt MLI ULTRA 24/5000 being isntalled in Swan 53 MUSIC

  • Highly advanced technology.
  • Multifunctional battery of 2.5 kWh or 5 kWh.
  • Saves up to 70% in space and weight.
  • Three times the lifespan of traditional batteries (2000 cycles).
  • Ultra-fast charging.
  • High efficiency.
  • MasterBus communication with every Mastervolt battery charger.
  • Integrated Battery Management System (BMS) and monitoring.
  • Series balancing technology optimizes string connection.
  • Safest Lithium Ion technology available.
  • Tested and certified according to UN38.3.
  • Two year warranty.

Please visit Mastervolt dedicated Web page HERE.

Friday, October 24, 2014

La Corse

Corsica seen from Villefranche this morning before sunrise...
It is exceptional to see it as well as that
it is still at approx 100nm offshore
Photo by Stephane Rousson

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cargo ship loading of Swan 53 LUCIA

LUCIA ready for her half way round the world voyage
onboard cargoship HAPPY DRAGON
Applying "Protectapeel" protection on teak deck
and deck GRP surfaces.
Please check Protectapeel products HERE

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Swan 53 L'AVENIR

German Swan 531 L'AVENIR leaving Villefranche in the morning
Swan 68-001 ALDABRA & 70-007 MANU
in front of the "Maison Cantonnière" this afternoon

End of Mini-M service

Inmarsat announces the end of the popular Mini M service 
Partners are reminded that the legacy services Inmarsat M, Inmarsat D+, Inmarsat B, GAN and Mini-M (excepting Mini-M for Aviation) should no longer be sold to new customers from 30 September 2014. After this date new activations will NOT be permitted for these services. 
Please read more about it HERE

Thursday, October 2, 2014

MaxSea TimeZero Alarms

MaxSea International

MaxSea TimeZero Alarms

The Alarm options allow you to configure all of the various alarms and warnings that can be triggered by the software. Alarms are displayed at the very top of the screen. The Alarm Sound can then be customised for each individual Alarm. This allows you to trigger various sounds according to the type of Alarm.

TimeZero Alarms

The Alarm options allow you to configure all of the various alarms and warnings that can be triggered by the software: XTE Alarm (Cross Track Error), Alarm Zone, Depth Alarm, Sea Surface Temperature Alarm, Speed Alarm, CPA/TCPA Alarms, AIS Alarms, Anchor Watch Alarm…

As soon as the vessel meets a condition of an alarm :
  1. A warning is displayed in red on the top of the screen
  2. Alarm sound is triggered (if enabled)
  3. Alarm is registered in the Alarm list
MaxSea TimeZero Alarms

Alarm Sounds

The Alarm Sounds option allows the user to assign a sound to various alarms. 10 predefined sounds are installed within the software.
“Define Alarm Sounds” features allows the user to customise the sound independently for every Alarm:
MaxSea alarm sounds

Note: When selected, you can listen to the sound by clicking the play button. It is possible to replace the default sounds by overwriting the sound files pre-installed.

The Alarms feature in TimeZero adds an extra level of security to navigation. Setting up customised Alarms is quick and easy to do, so we recommend systematically using this function to make the most of TimeZero software.

See/Download the complete Technical Note for more information: 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Swan 90

Villefranche this morning... featuring Swan 90

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

B&G ZEUS² 9" Multi-function Display

Unboxing the B&G Zeus Touch2 9" multifunction display
Chart plotter and boat instruments display :-)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cockpit table varnishing

Mr. JP spraying varnish on a cockpit table in
the painting cabin.

53-506 Hull bottom sandblasting

Sandblasting Swan 53-506 hull bottom with very fine sand grain in order to
remove old antifouling paint coats without damaging the Gelshield coats.
An epoxy paint coat will then be applied and two coats of antifouling paint sprayed
in order to get a proper smooth finish.