25 April 2020
We owned sail boats from almost 40 years, HYDRA BLUE is the best we ever sailed, she is fast, comfortable, strong, reliable, perfect for a couple.
She was built for us 15 years ago. The hull, mast, sails, engine, etc. are standard, just the interior design was customized. The interior was built inside the yard itself in less than 3 months by several people under our management (and a control from the yard). Nothing was changed, just maintenance was done.
Clearly, you may go sailing with Hydra Blue as it is now, without any work to be done.
However, we suggest, prior to leave for a long navigation:
- to repaint the antifouling (Trilux 33)
- to change the Loch/sounding equipment (brand new one is on board, just to perform the operation when the boat is out of the water)
- to change the wind indicator, it suddenly stop working, I do not know why.
- to refit the display of the automatic pilot, it works perfectly but we cannot read the indications (due to the sun)
- re-sewing the lazy bag of the main sail due to the sun.
All of that can be easily be done in the Rio and cheap (I think for a total of 2000 USD, mainly pending on the price of the wind indicator)
* concerning the hull.
Hydra Blue is a center board, the ballast is located inside the hull, the board is "light" and is not at all a part of the ballast. When the board is up, depth is 3 feet, when the board is down, depth is 8 feet. The board is handled from a simple winch in the cockpit. The axis is made in "ertalite" roughly 150mm diameter. Everything is original. (all of the drawings for the boat are on board). Using the center board make very easy to get the boat neutral when sailing.
The anods were changes 5 years ago even if they should be OK for 5 years more. They are specific, never play with other anodes on the hull. Anodes for the propeller were changed almost each year.
The bottom of the boat is flat, very easy for beaching. But, when beaching you never know if there is a sharp thing below (rock or iron). So we added an additional plate of aluminum in the bottom where the contact with the ground is done to make sure we'll never have problem.
The hull is just painted on the deck and in the water, the sides (grey color) is just the aluminum color. The deck was painted 4 years ago (good for 6 years).
* Concerning the sails
They are in very good shape. When we are away from the boat (6 month/year) they are stored inside. The anti UV band of the genoa was changed 3 years ago.
* Concerning the engine
Working perfectly, we run 6 knots at 1900 rpm, maximum speed is 8 knots zt 2800 rpm (without wind).
Propeller is Maxprop 3 blades going in "flag" position when sailing
* Concerning inside
The height in saloon, galley, etc. is 1,95M (our son is 1,92M tall and stand up without any problem). When stand up in the saloon, you may see 360° around. Front cabin, shower, etc. is 1,85 M height.
Isolation is done with specific ( characteristic for fire proof ) foam plates 3 cm thick. There is one coat (3cm) on the sides (vertical parts) and 2 coats (6cm) on the roof (horizontal parts).
* Concerning electricity
- 12V: 2 networks, one for engine (bow thruster, windlass) and one for servitude.
- 220V 50 hz EUR cat 3: one specific network coming from an inverter connected to batteries (inverter may be easily changed for 110V US)
- AC shore power: one network, protected (standard breakers and differential breaker), works the same way 110V US or 220V EUR. This network can be connected to the shore power supply through different plug adapters or can be connected to the generator (Honda 1000W, 110V US)
AC plugs inside the boat are french plugs. Some US plug/french plug adaptors are available onboard. These french plug may be easily changed, but not necessary with the adapters.
The batteries charger is 40Amps working automatically either 110V US or 220V EUR.
"servitude" batteries are 2x6V 240 Amps deep decharge they are 5 years old
"engine" batteries are 12V 150 amps + 110 Amps (in the bow for windlass and bow thruster) They are 3 years old
Two 55 amps solar panels (15 years old). Might be changed for two 100 Amps panels
Hydrogenerator when sailing for long distance (more than 36 hours)
Dispacher equipment is installed to charge both batteries parks with the hydrogenerator or the engine. Battery charger charge both battery parks too. Solar panels only charge "servitude" batteries
* Concerning the dinghy
It is a Caribe hypalon 9' light almost 10 years old (no leak, no problem). The Sunbrella cover for the dinghy may be changed (too old). The engine is Yamaha Enduro 15hp 2 strokes 8 years old with no problem (impeller was changed 2 years ago).
Sure I forgot a lot of items, do not hesitate to ask me any question.
Please find here attached a kind of log book of the engine maintenance and the "saga" of the boat from the beginning.
We are selling Hydra Blue because we are now too old for sailing safely with sails. We bought a trawler to continue staying on the sea. We are in Roatan and hope to come back to the rio dulce by mid may as far as the frontiers are reopen.