Okay, so we weren’t actually entered in any contests, but we feel like we won anyway.
Why? What did we win?
Well, we just completed an in water and out of water survey on LIB to see how she is doing now that her charter life is completed.
LIB, the day she arrived at TMM from France
I am thrilled to report that the “Deficiency” list did not have any big items! TMM has done a fantastic job of keeping up with the maintenance of LIB and making sure any problems were addressed properly.
As a result of their admirable care and good judgement on who could or could not captain the boat, LIB remains in excellent condition.
Now that isn’t to say we don’t have any issues to address, but thankfully they are minor and mostly related to maintenance that is expected after two plus years of charter.
The list included 31 items, so initially I sort of gasped thinking there were problems. However the report was very detailed and several items are cosmetic or were already on our list.
Seven points were superficial like “Emergency fire extinguisher ports in both aft cabins should be marked.” “Topside Gelcoat shows scrapes and scuffs and should be buffed.” “The scuffs and scrapes at the galley surfaces are consistent with regular use and would benefit from a clean and polish.” These are to be expected.
I was surprised to read that a few items were not up to “ABYC H 27 standards” since they pertained to factory installed parts. But I didn’t really know what ABYC H 27 standards were, so I had to do a tad bit of research. (Some of you must be shaking your head at me and others are probably saying you don’t know either.)
ABYC is the American Boat and Yacht Council. The link will take you to their mission statement, but in essence they are “the essential source of technical information for the international marine industry.”
At first I thought, “oh, well this is the American standard” and LIB was built in France. But then I read that ABYC considers themselves the international standard…. I guess Fountaine Pajot either doesn’t agree with the ABYC standards or perhaps many boats don’t quite meet up to the “standard” when built.
SO, having said all of that, what didn’t meet up?
Well some of our factory installed through hulls, made by Randex, are molded plastic. Our surveyor recommends we replace any below the waterline through hulls with marine grade bronze or Marelon.
The fuel tank hoses are type B1 and the surveyor recommends changing those to A1 or A2 to meet the ABYC standard. Ditto for the related fittings and connections.
Apparently our 110V AC outlets are not fitted with GFCIs, and I think we should probably add those. Shocking right?! – OKAY, I know that was a really poor pun.
Some items the surveyor listed were already on our list: anchor chair needs to be cleaned and proven, zinc anodes at the prop hubs need to be replaced, sliding door into salon needs attention (again) and the bottom could use a scrubbing and fresh antifouling.
There were two items I did not expect though. One was that the air conditioning duct in the generator has heavy condensation above the generator battery. A drip pan is suggested to protect the batteries. That seems pretty sensible to me.
The bigger of the two concerned the exhaust system for the generator. While the generator has worked great and we have had no issues with harmful fumes in the boat, apparently the exhaust flows toward the bridgedeck and has made a sooty mark. The surveyor does not see damage from this but suggested we alter the exhaust so concentrated heat from the exhaust doesn’t harm the gelcoat or the hull. Glad to know about this before it is a problem.
General maintenance items include gasket washers on the gooseneck that show compression, the saildrives show minor movement and need to be serviced and the bearings on the rudder stocks need to be serviced.
Spinnaker flying on LIB
An issue caught by the surveyor and a known problem on LIB concerns the spinnaker halyard. Here is the verbatim remark: “The Spinnaker halyard is chafed, and the block at deck level is cracked. Both should be replaced or the line retained as spare gash line only. There is distinct chafe and abrasion at the line below the mast cap sheave adjacent to the main halyard that should be end-for-ended and trimmed, or replaced. The cause of the abrasion is unknown, and the line reportedly replaced recently. We recommend the cause be should be sourced by a rigger and measures taken to prevent future chafe, and all lines replaced as needed per the currently maintenance schedule.”
This has been a bit of an ongoing problem and is a focus of our energy. We definitely need to determine why we are having the chafe problem and fix it. Believe me, we will figure it out!
That about sums up the survey report. We are pleased our Helia has held up so well to the myriad of skippers she has had over this 30 months of charter.
We are especially grateful to TMM for taking care of LIB and us. It is with sadness and excitement that we leave the safe haven of TMM. We will certainly look back with fondness and gratitude to everyone there who has made our experience so positive as well as helped us improve as sailors.
Let me know if you have any questions about the survey for LIB. I don’t have enough experience to know how most surveys go, but I am pleased with the results of this one.