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Moby Duck Haul Out, Diesel Duck underwater hull design and related discussion

  •  12/1/2019
  •   jeffappel
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it has been five years since my last haul out for bottom maintenance.  That might seem like a long time.  It is not.  I clean the bottom of the boat myself.  This has many advantages.  First, all underwater parts of the boat get a personal detailed inspection.  The piece of mind I get from this before embarking on a voyage is invaluable.  I don't understand how someone could entrust their safety in someone else's hands.  I inspect the shaft.  I am looking for any shaft corrosion and wear in the ...
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Video while at anchor

  •  10/30/2019
  •   jeffappel
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First, just a nice picture of Moby Duck at anchor at Santa Cruz Island.  I bought some tools to help me make some boat videos. Still working on full length boat tour but I thought I would post a couple of videos I did while the boat was at anchor.  Use the arrow point in the lower right hand corner to enlarge the video to full screen.  Much better viewing!...
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Operating costs

On the various forums I am a member of people constantly ask about annual operating costs.  On the Nordhavn Dreamers site owners constantly quote the 10 percent figure.  Meaning you will spend 10 percent of the value of your boat annually to maintain and cruise it.  I always get a good laugh about that.  As you delve into the figures you realize they spend most of their time in marinas versus at anchor, fly home frequently, pay someone to do most of their maintanence and waste money on things li...
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Moby Duck for sale and the sale process so far.

Having both bought and sold 9 boats over the years I thought I knew what to expect.  But, people never cease to amaze me.  First, the great news is that everyone who has looked at Moby Duck loves it.  It is a very unique boat with nothing like it on the market.  That being said, it is the type of boat that requires a life style change.  At a cruising speed of 6 knots you are not going to go anywhere fast.  With it's 8000 mile range and bullet proof and energy efficient construction and systems i...
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My thoughts on the (near) perfect drive train for your boat

I am a member of the Nordhavn Dreamers group and the Nordhavn owners group.  There is a lot of good information there from a lot of knowledgable people including industry experts like Bob Senter and Steve D'Antonio who frequently contribute.  I loved my Nordhavn 55 and might someday own another Nordhavn and like to keep in touch.  There has been a long discussion recently in the group regarding engine and prop configurations.  Most Nordhavns have too large of an engine.  On long voyages they are...
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10 day California Channel Islands trip report and Boat still for sale!

After sitting at home recuperating from a major illness for many months it was time to say 'screw this' and head out on the boat again.  I cannot think of a better way to recuperate than cruising the offshore islands.  Crystal clear water for diving and swimming, hiking on the mostly uninhabited islands and just relaxing with a good book is exactly what I needed.  I am still recuperating physically after 7 hours on the operating table, and a long hospital stay and the worst three months of my li...
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