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Website activity report is steady in this down market. It will be interesting to see what happens when the market picks back up. The Brokers around where I am slipped say there is no activity except for the must sell boat.

We now have the url that points to this site and belongs to the owners group. Our original goal was and is to keep a historic record of things related to YS and to generally promote our vessels, the crews and add value to the existing and potential owners of our fine sailboats. The YS is every bit as good as Tayana and should be recognized as such. As a matter of fact, I am a bit surprised that the Tayana website did not promote that association a long time ago. We shall see.

A YS vs Tayana thread on the YS MSN site: The two boat[s] are identical in design and layup. The YS standing rigging was all done at the Tayana yard. Only difference is Tayana owners requested modifications. Perry and YS had a falling out when Perry streched the YS 35. Question on YS 35, view the Tayana's Owners Group and search their knowledge base - info is interchangeable.

Hull thick[ness]], I had a plug at least 3/4 inch. Blister will happen, hot vac {is} big in Europe. The boat yard I am at has the hot vac system. It is good system when deep laminates are very wet. For normal blisters on the YS usual not needed. In fact the yard here will build a tent and put a heater on to dry the hull and save the cost of the hot vac. Stu

Herman en Jeanette de Nooij write: Hi there, found your( our own ) Site! Our Westwind 35 is named "Zeearend"(Seaeagle) and we have her since 2001. We sail the Dutch and Belgium coastal waters but sofar we never saw another YS 35. We saw a "Jaap"on your list and will try to contact him. Our YS, according to the docs., came from the UK. We assume that the hull was built in Taiwan and fitted by Westwind UK ?? We would like to know a bit more about the history of YS/Westwind, how may were built, how many are still sailing.
Apologies to those that wrote to the Author. The mail went to a dead box and we just found it. It will not happen again. Sorry All. Can anyone answer the questions above?

MV Selkirk Settler on Lake Superior:
This is article is not about Young Sun's in particular but shows a freighter on Lake Superior in November 2006. It did not say how high the waves were but maybe 35'. I received the info from a long time sailor in Detroit who was in the 1970 Chicago - Mackinac Race. He said, "We almost sank in the 1970 Chicago-Mackinac race. The seas were 32 feet, we had over 2 feet of water in the cabin, the mast buckled at the deck, the entire stern was under water. We dropped out, with over 60% of the fleet of 292 boats, at Ludington, MI. " very cool photographs

Nick Ward (Ty Dewi) of England writes:
In the process of refitting for a transatlantic then 18 months cruising the Caribbean and USA before going on to Canada in 2009. (Nick's info has been added to the Ship's Registery)

Awsome pictures of a yacht sailing the S. Pacific and comes upon the birth of an island. I wish it were me watching from Inspiration! As with all material from the internet it is subject to authenticity which I cannot prove. At the very least the pictures are beautiful and we can picture ourselves on the open smooth seas. I have the original email if anyone is interested. Here are the photographs.

Charlie re-wires the mast:
Over the Christmas holidays we re-wired the mast and the mast step to bilge. This took about 25 person hours. All splices were soldered with my trusty butane soldering iron in 45 degree F weather. I used two 100' rolls of yellow & grey plus some other colors as shown on the block diagram schematic. The connectors are the automotive trailer type I bought from Dell City. The 4 way connectors seal well but the 8 way ones will need taped and sealed with the liquid tape. I used individual wire pairs for the two spreader lights to cut down the voltage drop of the 3 amp bulbs. It may seem a little crazy but I want individual control of the bulbs. I view it as a little extra insurance as I can keep one as a spare.

Jaap request: 079D Owners Manual
The company sent me the owners manual in both hardcopy and Word format. What great customer service Jackie of Seasure and Blakes Lavac Taylors provides. Within hours of the request for literature it was sent as promised and we were lucky to find such great response. Here is the pdf of the 079D Owners Manual.

Mast Trivia 11/12/06
Today we measured some mast dimensions. Mostly this was so we could secure the correct length of wire for the re-wiring of the mast. So the following applies to Inspiration.
* Mast Top to Bottom 45' 1"
* Top to Boom 41' 6.5"
* Bottom to Spreader 22' 7.5"

Here is a picture of the mast base (click the picture to see a larger view). From the picture you can see why we want to replace the wiring. The wires with the blue butt splices are light power wires. The square white block is for the wind indicator that will be replaced this winter. The coaxial cable looks ok and a test of the transmit power vs reflected power was quite good so we will leave well enough alone and not replace the coax. The mast support from the keel into the mast step needs rewired also and I hate to tackle this because it does not leak now but it might when I am done. You know what that means! There will be NO butt splices in any of my wiring.

Jan Geursen writes from Australia:
We have a YS 43 in Australia and sail in southern waters. Have been working on some mods after a trip to the south island of New Zealand which may be of interest. Our boat is called Sea Fever of Hobart and she has circumnavigated with previous owners. Most radical mod recently was to add one tonne of lead to the ballast which was done after a discussion with Ron Amy and a naval architect with whom we often cruise. Am at present experimenting with a new fully battened main with some roach. have also had the genoa recut and reshaped. This will all be tested when we sail around Tasmania in Feb next year.

The website is a great idea and I would be very happy to contribute. The current MSN site seems to also be worthwhile. I have been following the discussion re Tacking recently. In my case the extra grip I get with the more powerfull main and the extra ballast seems to have fixed the problem although it must be said that whilst Ron's designs sail really well downwind they plod a bit upwind. This is primarily due to the full hull shape and so not really fixable.

From Tony Sorace 07 Nov 2006:
Sequin is alive and well, well, a bit damaged but not too bad. I was alongside at Clarke’s Court Bay The Pulpit was damaged (It needed replacing) and the Starboard Caprail also damaged. Other than that, there was no major damage. The mast stayed up, secured by the Inner forestay. The rest of this exciting article is here.

Chuck's Comments for Today
I have updated the blog and technical pages to add definitions of IP67 Environment Proof connectors. This may be of interest to some people and you can go to the technical page from here or the buttons on the right column. The same applies to the The Blog

5 Batteries/3 groups/Multistage Charging
I have read a lot about the cranking and house battery arrangements in many different types of boats. I have both of Nigel Calder's books and enjoyed reading them. When I came on board with Inspiration and looked at the two switches and 5 batteries and diodes and lots of wires in multiple places I was confused. It took a few weeks to come to grips on how to manage all those batteries. One night I decided to make a schematic so I started at one end (at the house batteries) and manually traced the wires and copied down on paper all that I found. Some weeks later I made a Visio drawing of what I had detailed. If you care to look at it follow this link to the pdf.

In total there are about 500AH of capacity in those fully charged batteries. This amount of energy demands respect. The 12 VDC voltage cannot hurt you too much but just try getting a wedding ring or a tool or anything conductive between the + and the - terminals and you will see what damage that can do. In my case, it was a lack of stored energy that was almost my downfall. Two of the batteries had bad cells but I did not know this fact. So what happened you ask? The charger dutifully tried to charge the batteries over a long weekend that I was off the boat. Upon return I noticed an unusual smell, like that of an over charged battery, and investigated. Those batteries were so very hot that I could almost not stand to touch them. Immediately all power was shut down and the switches 1 and 2 set to open. It took three days for them to cool down. The batteries were in a condition called thermal runaway.

Thermal Runaway defined:
The operating temperature which is reached in a battery is the result of the ambient temperature augmented by the heat generated by the battery. If a battery is subject to excessive currents the possibility of thermal runaway arises resulting in catastrophic destruction of the battery. This occurs when the rate of heat generation within the battery exceeds its heat dissipation capacity. There are several conditions which can bring this about:
* Initially the thermal I2R losses of the charging current flowing through the cell heat up the electrolyte, but the resistance of the electrolyte decreases with temperature, so this will in turn result in a higher current driving the temperature still higher, reinforcing the reaction till a runaway condition is reached.
* During charging the charging current induces an exothermic chemical reaction of the chemicals in the cell which reinforces the heat generated by the charging current.
* Or during discharging the heat produced by the exothermic chemical action generating the current reinforces the resistive heating due to the current flow within the cell.
* The ambient temperature is excessive.
* Inadequate cooling
Unless some protective measures are in place the consequences of the thermal runaway could be meltdown of the cell or a build up of pressure resulting an explosion or fire depending on the cell chemistry and construction.

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