From now on we can say……

From now on we can say……

next year we will start. That sounds really great.

All of you who are visiting here every now and then we will wish a happy new year and all the best for 2016.


Changing plans

Changing plans.

In August 2014, our recently acquired Luna Mare arrived in Frankfurt am Main:


In the meantime, we have done a lot of work. According to the current plan we would have continued this way until we would have went in June 2016 on Main / Rhine and misc. Channels to the Baltic Sea after having a motor installed. Then getting arig and probably the sailing season 2016 would have been already over.

New plan: The Luna Mare transported in a yard near the coast. The previous place 40 miles from here was well good for doing work by our own. Over and about this the service was however rather poor. They were theoretically prepared to built in an engine for us, according to the motto: Order one, then we’ll see. But simply get an engine costing around € 10,000 and then see what is hasn’t really convinced us.

And because the service at all was not convincing, I guess they probably enough customers with whom they can make money much easer, we liked the plan of departure and in particular the idea that the Luna Mare then could possibly be ready for sailing at the beginning of the season 2016.

That would give us the chance to check our boat and it’s sailing capabilities for a few weeks in 2016, and with this the possibility to see whether everything is ok for the great journey from 2017 on.

Now the Luna Mare is since Thursday last week in a shipyard in Heiligenhafen and can already breathe some sea air. In early January we will be the first time there to make plans with the shipyard owner about the work to be performed early next year there:

Luna Mare in Heiligenhafen


Wind Vane Gear



Aries Wind Vane Gear

These are the parts of our wind vane:


For disassemble it there are several reasons. One is, that a holding is broken (in the picture above to see the new, unbroken one) and the broken part as you can see also on the picture above is still “in place”.


With the help of best craftsman on earth, we have managed by drilling and using “metal plasticine” (knew by then not that there is such a thing) to repair it in a way that the new part can now be screwed in.

That’s about the way looks a wind vane control when assembled:

aries wind vane

To mount the vane gear to our “Luna Mare”, we need new, longer mounting tubes. In addition, a few more fastening pins needs to be renewed.

Though over 30 years old, there are still parts available. This has worked around 2 years ago with above mentioned holdint. Has taken a while until the part was here, but the main thing is, it came.

The granddaughter of the inventor of this device, Helen Franklin, this is (hopefully) still in business. I hope so, because I have not received an answer to my e-mail I wrote a couple of weeks ago yet and she is not reachable by phone neither. Can possibly install the device without original parts, but of course I would prefer original ones.

Cooking facilities

Cooking facilities

We want to replace the spirit stove by a diesel stove. For this I have to start with preparing its compartment. It lacks fortunately just a few millimeters, so the installation of diesel stove can be done with reasonable effort.

The spirit stove iss basically okay, but we intend to have one form of energy source. This makes the supply easier, especially since diesel is normally widely available, but for spirit you may have a long way to shops providing spirit.

Adjusting the compartment is of course only the beginning. A power supply cable was already installed by the previous owner. Something more complex is likely the connection to the fuel tank but there are possibilites to find a way.

The most difficult part will be the installation of the exhaust hose. We intend a deck passage, to avoid water entering the stove. The space behind the stove, however, is narrow and so it will probably not be easy to install the hose incl. gooseneck and the condensation drain. We will see.


Heating cover panel

Heating cover panel

The most wonderful wife of all and skipper is also a exceptionally gifted carpenter. In a wonderful way she has covered heating tubes passing through the bunk. Now the heater is actually finally installed and how the first tests showed, it works quite well. And this chic wood paneling can also be used simultaneously as a foot warmer. With this the often shivering skipper then even can sail to somewhat colder regions;-)


Helmstand – The inner cockpit is almost ready



The voltmeter is set to a different location and a sonar display installed at its previous location, Philippi System Monitor makes the previous display at the left side unnecessary and I’ve also installed the switch for the charger and for heating. And basic installation of the plotter(still without the many accessories such as radar, autopilot and AIS, which can be connected thereto and controlled from there or read).

On the small black part next to the plotter is the ground plate for a small compass. But no idea where I have it currently stored. I’m sure I’ll find it by accident eventually.

Electronic adjustments

Electronic adjustments:

As part of the revision of the electrical installation also smaller projects are includes which might bring only minor improvements. But as long as the installation is with only slightly safer and more durable, then from my point of view, this already makes sense. Especially since we so often can not park next to a well-stocked Marine Outfitter in case of problems ;-).

So I have replaced a power distribution box which was not really designed for this functionality.

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Looks much better, doesn’t it?

The name of the boat

The name of the boat.

From now on “Luna Mare” no longer incognito. Based on the design of the skipper (which is actually a nice design she made) the boat name is now at the bow:


And as you can see, also the railing wires are now mounted. It only lacks the passages, because the wire is not screwed into the terminals on the pelican hook but pressed. SVB was fair enough and has the threaded terminals and a railing wires taken back even 4 weeks after delivering and will send us now pressed on in the right size.


Cabling of Luna Mare makes progress.

Cabling within battery compartment:


The combination of charger and inverter has been installed and wired. Even the 230 network is now fully connected including fuses.

And with this the EM box is integrated into the system. The 3 connections wired so far are:

  • Consumer Battery (not yet final, since should be as a lithium battery into the battery compartment.
  • Consumers
  • The combined unit consisting of charger and inverter.

Looks (still) very clearly arranged.

Added to this is then later the connection of the alternator, the wiring of the starter and bow / anchor battery and wiring to the starter, the connection of solar and wind and for each battery (bank) a test leads and a temperature sensor.

And once then even the battery is here, it’s probably over with clearly arranged.

The battery compartment

Ongoing projects are the battery compartment and remaining paint work on deck at those places that we had not yet newly painted. As mentioned already, we want to modernize the power supply with regard to power generation and storage.
Besides a new charger the Philippi EM-box will be the heart of the system.

With this, our battery compartment comes in place:

Here, the charger and the EM box are real, the battery is a dummy. Here in precisely this size a lithium-ion battery shall find its place. They’re now priced almost acceptable if one considers the theoretical performance (AGM * x, but also power * x). As a starter battery and for the windlass, we want to use AGM batteries with 100 Ah each. The lithium-ion battery should have about 500 Ah. We hope that there is some movement the next 12 months in terms of capacity and prices in our favor.

Now it is about wiring the system itself and the external components. Compared to today, where 4 Battery (banks) are connected via 5 switches so that everything can be somehow connected with each other, we need with the EM-box inside the battery compartment significantly less wiring. This should also ensure less problems, at least we hope. And it shows again how helpful good tool is. In particular, locking pliers have their price, but results are of a very high quality. In occasional bit rougher conditions on the high seas it will proof as useful and reduce the risk of failure of the components.

Beautiful “toys” are also shrink tubes with the “hot air gun”.121