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Old 04-09-2016, 09:44 AM   #1
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Sandpiper at Catalina Island

We took "Sandpiper" for a four day cruise to Avalon. There were four of us on the boat and all had a great time!
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:47 AM   #2
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Hey Walt,
She looks great under way.
Is this the first time you've done that?
Gotta get out more my friend.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:29 AM   #3
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Is this the first time you've done that?.
It's her first run to Catalina but certainly not the first time at sea! We were quite surprised at the ride (15-17 knots at 2700rpm) I am going to update the electronics, however, as they crapped out on me several times on the way home. 70 miles, rain squalls and couldn't see out the fly bridge half the time. Radar was a must!

I've had other boats to Catalina over the years (1990 OA 42, Mediterranean 54, etc. but Sandpiper is the most "comfortable boat I've been on. There were 4 of us, TV worked great, generator, galley, state rooms, refrigerator, ice maker, etc. Only the boat's electronics gave me trouble. (On then off....not dependable!) Also, with the new Maretron fuel system it was nice to see "real time" fuel burn numbers.

All in all, when I change out the electronics I will have the SoCal boat that suits a 75 year old skipper to a "T."
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Looks like a great time!
We are looking forward to our first trip of the year.
Do you moor in Avalon?
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Beautiful yacht Walt! You sure know how to pick 'em.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:02 PM   #6
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Do you moor in Avalon?
Yes. For a boat our size (42ft) it's $42/night. We used the Avalon Harbor boats to take us ashore for $5/person. For those who have a dinghy, the dinghy dock is quite large and many tenders could be seen there.

Best steak house is "Steve's Steak House & best Italian is Portofino. (Excellent!) You can rent a gas powered golf cart for $40/hr & we were able to see damn near everything of note in an hour and a half.

An afternoon cocktail can be quite nice at the Descanso Day Resort, just north of the casino. It's just like being in Hawaii.

We only spent 2 days on Catalina as the real purpose for the trip was to shake down Sandpiper & see how she performed.

Note: The fenders in the photo were deployed to protect us from the shore boat but as it turned out they were not needed.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:18 PM   #7
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Beautiful yacht Walt! You sure know how to pick 'em.
Thanks, Craig! We've worked hard this last year readying her for some serious cruising and on this trip we learned a lot. 140 miles round trip gives you a lot of time to check everything out. (example: The satelite TV is 9 years old and I worried about not being able to see anything at cruise speed... 15/17 knots. Such was not the case as I left the bridge to my brother in law, went below and watched a half hour tv show without a hic up! We plan to change out the complete suite of electronics in the next few weeks as the present set is suspect at best. We didn't want to do that before getting a short cruise under our belts as the creature comforts with 4 adults aboard were an unknown. As it turned out, we all had a great time. Didn't run out of anything and the engines (Yanmar 6LY2A-STP 440hp) ran absolutely great! Time for the new electronics!
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What a nice trip. Two questions, what did your new fuel consumption system say you burned and what electronics suites are you leaning towards?
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Two questions, what did your new fuel consumption system say you burned and what electronics suites are you leaning towards?
The only photo I have is the fuel burn on each engine and the total. Notice that one engine shows about 1 gallon /hour less than the other. The tacs need to be synchronized as when both engines' fuel burns agree, I can hear an out of synch hum! The system did show 340 gallons burned for the entire trip which agreed with my site gauges and Tank Tender. I realize that those numbers will freak out the trawler community but traveling at that speed (15-17 knots ) is one hell of a lot of fun!

I'm going with the Raymarine ES127 & the ES128 with built in CHIRP Downvision, the Raymarine 4kw open array HD & the Raymarine EV200 Evolution Auto Pilot. My transducer for the sounder will be replaced and another added for the 3D Downvision. All these additions are compatible with the Maretron system and will show their data in the MFDs. I realize that I will never get that money back when I sell the boat but that's what I want!
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Sounds like more good stuff in Sandpipers near future. 17 knot cruise to Avalon, doesnt get much better than that. Bet it keeps one of these pasted on your face.
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Sounds like more good stuff in Sandpipers near future. 17 knot cruise to Avalon, doesnt get much better than that. Bet it keeps one of these pasted on your face.
But almost $1,000 for fuel each trip makes the other end pucker ;-).

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But almost $1,000 for fuel each trip makes the other end pucker ;-).

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Bet not !
I suspect he knew the burn numbers long before he bought her.
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It would make mine pucker ;-). I spend half of that for a full season!!!


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Re Walt's burn ....
If I had the money I'd be do'in it.
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Hey, nice boat, cute wife...It's only money.

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It would make mine pucker ;-). I spend half of that for a full season!!! David
Given all the OAs I see moving on the water it seems many are willing and able to keep the economy moving ahead. Not to mention he fun factor. Fuel costs remain minor in comparison to other boating monies many of us spend.
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You left out the most important place on the island, "Big Olaf's." Sure do hope it's up and runnin' when we get there in September for our yacht club cruise.
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You left out the most important place on the island, "Big Olaf's." Sure do hope it's up and runnin' when we get there in September for our yacht club cruise.
"Big Olaf" was one of the first words my son learned to say!
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Hey, nice boat, cute wife...It's only money.

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