We were lucky to purchase the boat of our dreams, but when is the dream precisely as you imagined? We were 92% there – not bad right? We chose to make the vessel ‘our own’, taking the opportunity to change out the galley counter-tops (pink Corian) and refresh a few other things. This page will list & describe the Projects we’ve undertaken since our purchase, (Repairs, & Upgrades). Maintenance will be addressed on a separate page in the near future.
To ease navigation of this rather long Page, simply click on the project below, and you’ll be taken strait to it. The “back to top” link will take you back up up here. : )
01. Sanitary system
It won’t be too long before Jay want’s to improve something else…. so grab a cappuccino & check-in from time-to-time : )
No. 1 SANITARY SYSTEM
Did it have to start out this way?… Years and years of dreaming about our blue-water yacht, plus 2 concentrated years of thinking about little else than N62 ownership, – and within the first week of realizing that dream, we have a major issue. Our sanitary system is kaput : ( Turns out that the main hose run, spanning the entire length of the vessel is blocked solid with calciferous growth and must be replaced. THIS IS PERFECT! I have managed many projects, and been working at sea long enough to understand the absolute divinity of experiencing a major set back right at the beginning of a project (and overcoming it) is a blessing in disguise. Future operations typically run sweet. God please tell me that this unwritten law applies here too : )
” …and the fun begins”
all that hose has to be run underneath the floor boards. How we going to do that?
“cutting into our beautiful boat,,, for access : ( We repaired (made good) later”
“never enough room to work. Our N62 is no different”
“another access hole had to be drilled”
“even more hose”
“yes, that’s right…that hole in the Salon floor is close to 5″ thick. Go Nordhavn!”
“2013’s first spring job on INFINITY – Uh Oh,,,Jay’s got the sander out!”
“sanding done, time to seal”
“what a Star!”
“is she contemplating tea break?”
“ooh,,,, came up nice!”
This was our first upgrade of many. We knew that the upper aft-deck seating area would become one of our favourite areas on the boat. The Vancouver spring weather was passing and we were hoping for a promising summer ahead of us. A comfortable outdoor lounge is a must!
“old lounge – had to go”
“New lounge – better eh?”
“old – No. 2 of 3”
“new – No. 2 of 3”
“old – No. 3 of 3”
” new – No. 3 of 3″
“Jay enjoying the view”
“Harley enjoying the view”
“looking to port – Harley’s looking at a potato chip”
” looking to Stbd”
“Our name has arrived”
“Our Installer, Hans, getting down to business”
“they look good!”
“On strait? level? – is that going to look OK?”
“It’s up! Looks real good – just like we imagined : ) “
” boat turned around, steady hand please Hans”
“Port side done,,,nice!”
“How cool is that?”
“the Stern in progress”
“liking it, liking it,,,”
“Chloe adding value ; ) “
“…and, we’re done.”
We had a new seating-area cover made for our new cushions, and while we were at it, decided to replace the Canopy as well. I have a few photos of the seating-area cover below, but not of the Canopy yet. (Watch this space…) It does look good though! All covers were made out of Stamoid, in Nordhavn grey, to match the hull and bring symmetry to the whole ‘N62’ look. I also thought that the darker Canopy would provide better protection from the sun. The original cover was beige.
OK, this was the big one. This upgrade took two months, working virtually every day from sunrise to sunset. And took place over the summer months when we could have (should have?) been out cruising. It was a tough decision but one we made together. ‘Complete the boat now and enjoy her now, and of course the cruising will come ‘. In hindsight, I’m glad we did what we did, when we did. I don’t think I have the horses for it now ; )
These first few shots show how our boat looked when we purchased her. Very nice, but we preferred to update,,,
“this is how we started”
“salon, looking aft”
“original fwd counter”
“original fwd galley cupboards”
“original galley / salon area”
So, from this point onwards, we tear into design/reno mode,,,
“Julie and Harley try out the new fit,,, we’re going for ‘Loungy'” ( & yes, we ripped out the table)”
“Trust me,,,it’s going to feel and look great”
“…and the fun begins,,”
“the big old TV cabinet has got to go”
“Installation of the new slim TV, & the cupboard is gone!”
“the black microwave, the galley storage cupboards, and the pink corian,,,,all going.”
” finally saying good-bye to the pink corian”
“Jay measuring-up for the new granite counter top. The old cupboards are gone!”
We had to use our Pilot House as our galley. It was a pain, but we figured you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. Sometimes I would go up there and apologize to her (the Pilot House),,, the good news is that on the N62, at least we had the space to do it.
“the TV cabinet going back together. Things are starting to take shape!”
The next few shots show the Granite counter tops going in
“the new microwave is in!”
“,,,now here comes the hard bit (read: expensive)”
“choosing the backsplash”
OK, we’re almost done, just a few finishing touches to go, but we can now show our updated Galley/Lounge
“All coming together”
“the new comfy couch – Jay made the ottoman!”
“Jay’s view from the sofa”
“new glass backsplash”
“our new galley complete!”
“Salon project 98% there”
“Salon seating complete,,,,it’s very comfy!”
“new TV lift, blends right in”
“Julie did a great job on the finishing,,,looks like Nordhavn did it!”
“the overall effect, with the dining area now on the port side.”
Last 3 photos,,, hang in there ; ) We add the new Blinds and we’re done!
Photo’s taken before refit
The new upholstery was completed at the same time as the Salon
As we were completing the Galley/Lounge area, we would come down to bed and inevitably look around the room,,,, while we were both exhausted, we (well Julie actually) decided that the MSR TV project should get done at this time too. ‘Here-we-go’, so armed with the usual tools, we started to decontruct the cabinet. We were immediately impressed by how much light now entered the room, and how much space we created. It was worthwhile doing it.
“the original area”
“cupboards gone, new slimline TV in place.”
A leak (or leaks) had damaged the overhead panel liners and required replacing. The opportunity arose when we arrived Puerto Vallarta, and found a local craftsman, specializing in re-covering furniture.
Repair work in progress.
New re-covered panels going into place.
Ta-Da! All complete. : )
Here are the Stidd Pilot House Chairs that came with the boat. This photo doesn’t look so bad right?
But upon closer inspection?
We had to do something about it, and we had Louis cornered, he wasn’t going anywhere. Check out the handy work:
The detail and craftsmanship are evident! We chose a BUFF colour to brighten up the Nerve Center of the boat.
So, while we had our craftsman on site, we got our dark brown Ekornes lounge chair recovered too!
& NEW ONE!
Our Craftsman, Louis, standing by his work.
Another local installer we found around Puerto Vallarta was Arq Espacio. They installed the screen doors in one day – all four of them. They work great & blend in with the boat. They’re a slick unit, both in operation and as a company.
Their website is www.arq-espacio.com.mx ask for Victor or Ana : )
The doors just slide across; rolling out of their housing, and connect onto a magnetic stop. Simple & maintenance free. All 3 phots show the door closed. We had screens installed on all four of the boat’s doors.
No. 12 DECK SHOWER INSTALL (By Julie!)
What’s a man to do? Can’t leave the boat without some project, overhaul, or major-clean being completed by Julie (I’m not joking! ; )
This is what was in place, when we bought the boat. It was a shower of sorts, cold water only. Top unit was a simple on/off, and the bottom receptacle housed the pull-out hose.
Clearly, all that had to go.
So Julie assembles all the kit over a couple of days, and prepares for the big cut. Fortunately we do not have a picture of this, and thankfully I was overseas,,, meanwhile Jay prepares the JIG SAW to cut into our Nordhavn.
Holy Moley, window’s cut, Hot & Cold water connected, it’s like a proper job!
And the job’s a good-un! Looks like Nordhavn did it!
Turns out, the shower install was a Father’s Day present. I’ve had a few hot showers after diving already, and it’s awesome : ) The whole thing looks and works great. Cheers Jay!
No. 13 Iridium-Go Installation
As we were preparing to cross the Pacific Ocean, I started taking a more active role in the weather and our own forecasting abilities. During this time period I was using a combination of Passage Weather, Null school, and Live Forecasting services from Omni. We got by just fine,,, though I continued to search for a more packaged solution, which would be presented in a graphical interface that I could relate to. I found it. We ordered the PredictWind software combined with the Iridium-Go hardware. As of June, 2015, all we had to do was install it. How hard could it be?
Step one, remove upper-dash panel, measure five-to-six times, then drill a 3/4” hole right through your Pilot House roof.
That black half-inch cable (with it’s 5/8” connector) had to be snaked down through a cable-chase behind the wood panels. You can see the route, but what you can’t see, is the chase is already full.
Yup, we resorted to using this guy. 1/2 a tube slathered over the cable and Julie’s “never-give-up” attitude, we had it pulled through. (I had given up 20 mins ago).
‘X’ marks the spot where we had decided the Iridium-Go unit will be installed. We then started to remove panels to gain access to the cable run.
We’re getting busy here, crap all over the place. I’m losing my sense of humor and become increasingly disgruntled when I realize it’s only 1030 and I’m going to have to wait until 1700 for that cool beer. Julie’s in her stride.
We’re getting there. ‘No-pain-no-gain’ I remind/chant to myself.
Oh, would you believe a snag at the last hurdle? Typical. I call in the big-guns and we get it sorted.
Final installation of our Iridium-Go. Pride of place at our Nav Desk.
The tall dome belong’s to the Iridium-Go.
We’ve had a few months use out of the equipment, and so far, so good!
I try to use it everyday, and while it’s still early days for me to provide an informed opinion, I’ll give it a 95% success rating right now. The company is extremely customer oriented and they continually upgrade the product. I’m happy.
No. 14 BATTERY INSTALLATION
Julie and I had just come back from KONA and were setting up the boat to back into our slip at Ko Olina in Oahu. It was 11:30 pm, pitch-black, and we were tired. The bow thruster joy-stick did not seem to be responding to the commands I was giving it. No worries, I’ll just go over to the Port-side wing station and use that one. Same thing. Plenty of commands, but no thrust. Here we go,,,the inevitable circus took place as I recalculated maneuvers using rudder & thrust from the main engine, and Julie springing and warping us in.
Guess what? The coils were not the problem! After spending more time down in the bow thruster compartment, with Jay in the pilot house running the controls, I could ‘see’ hydraulic power getting to the motor (the hoses to the motor were jumping)
After some clean up, we put power to the unit and BINGO! everything is working as it should! : )
The next day, we take INFINITY out to Makua to anchor, and dive on the hull to take care of some maintenance. Ring ring,, Ring ring,,, it’s the phone, and it’s the Tech who has torn apart our old motor to investigate the failure. It’s not good news. The old motor failed catastrophically, bits everywhere apparently,,, So now I’m thinking ‘where did all the debris go?’ (just as I’m hard on the new thruster motor, and laying out anchor) Oh boy.
Well, we get back to dock safely enough after a full days diving, and now we need to investigate our oil reservoir for debris.
Update: 2016/Mar/16 – Well, Julie and I removed all the oil out of the reservoir, and sure enough found Gold! (Remnants of our old thruster motor) The debris was extremely small fragments of brass machinery, resembling pepper in size, but gold in colour. I decided against filtering the oil, and replaced for new – 12 gallons of ISO 32 wt. We fired-up the system to test …. and Oh boy, it’s now looking like a Pump issue. More info as I dive in deeper. I wish I didn’t have a bad feeling about this,,,
Photos of the old motor, swash plates torn apart
Final Update: 2016/Apr/06 – Before I headed off to India (for work), we knew we had contaminated the hydraulic system , and we figured we had removed enough of it to put the system back into service. When I fired up the system for the first time, there were some unexplainable noises and actions which led me to believe that I had shredded the main hydraulic pump. During the start-up melee, the wing engine did not respond to the throttle (wing-engine seemed to bog-down) and I heard a distinct BANG! like something letting go. In a momentary panic, I removed the pump to get it tested professionally. (We were under the gun to prepare for our trip to Tahiti, and we had to move house in Vancouver first, before we could start getting the boat ready). I needed the lead-time for repairs, so off to the workshop the pump went.
Turns out that I could not get anyone to test the pump in a timely manner, but all the experts that I consulted, clearly thought that the pump was good-to-go. Sometimes one has just gotta have faith! So back I go, and grab the pump.
The re-installation was better than the nightmare remembered when I removed the pump. Julie and I then had hours of fun trying to get oil back into the gearbox, prior to it’s start-up.
We then went through a systematic process to ensure that oil was flushed through all the hoses and reaching all the motors, by short-cycling the controls . It took all morning, but this time there was a positive energy that things were going right. The mojo was back!
So now, April 7th, 2016, I can report that INFINITY’s hydraulic system appears to be 100% operational,,, all working great as usual. A special thanks to James Knight from Yacht Tech, who quarter-backed the recovery of our system from his cell phone in Florida. Thanks Dude!