#1 2017-03-19 07:32:48

Duncan_Hill
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From: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
Registered: 2017-03-14
Posts: 10

Victoria 34 - Blue Opal

I'm the new owner of Blue Opal, a Victoria 34 built in 1998 at the Warsash yards. She's spent those 18 years in Conwy, and looks more like a boat that's a few years old, not nearly 2 decades old. The previous owners kitted her out with what looks like every option in the Victoria repertoire, including a full electronics suite, master cabin layout, and navy blue hull.

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#2 2017-03-19 07:39:26

Duncan_Hill
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From: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
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Re: Victoria 34 - Blue Opal

Works since purchase include

  • new standing and running rigging,

  • new lazy bag arrangement,

  • replacing the sprayhood, dodgers, and UV strips,

  • replacing the liferaft,

  • minor engine bay changes for some of the hose, highlighted in the survey as not being suitable for the environment it was in,

  • replaced the VHF with a DSC-enabled VHF,

I'm working on how to add AIS to her electronics suite - it's all pre-AIS SeaTalk-connected equipment, and so I'm weighing up options between the Icom MA-500TR (which can talk to the M323G that I just installed), the Watchmate (Vision or otherwise), and the Raymarine 650.

Blue Opal is currently ashore in Conwy, but will be in Dun Laoghaire by May, weather permitting.

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#3 2017-03-22 08:36:48

Jon_Spencer
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Re: Victoria 34 - Blue Opal

Duncan,
It is good to see such a comprehensive refit in what is obviously a well maintained boat.  It would be very useful for our members if you were able to capture some of the details, such as the reasons for the various items of refit, any problem areas experienced, and even if you are prepared a rough order of costs.  You will be aware from the Victoria 34 Technical Manual that we are always looking for details of any technical improvements and alterations to further help other new or potential owners.  I hope that you enjoy your sailing on BLUE OPAL.
Jon.

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#4 2017-03-22 09:08:51

Duncan_Hill
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From: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
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Re: Victoria 34 - Blue Opal

Yep, I'm happy to share some detail about the costs once I've got the final bills in. I had looked at a HR 34 as well, and decided that for the price difference, I could do a lot of refit work if necessary. At this point, it's mostly things are 18 years old and either tired, or insurance mandated.

I have to say that I wouldn't have got nearly as much organised without someone on the ground in Conwy; another Victoria owner who used to run a sail training operation there was recommended to me by the broker, and he's been invaluable in finding local companies who could do the refit work.

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#5 2017-05-02 20:43:00

Duncan_Hill
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From: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
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Re: Victoria 34 - Blue Opal

Blue Opal is now safely ensconced behind the piers of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Crossing from Conwy was a doddle, though we did it over two days instead of one long day. Took her out for a spin this weekend, and achieved 6.9 knots through the water in 17 knots of wind, and that was without tuning the sails properly.

So, the damage to the wallet...

Gas system refurb
New hoses, valves, regulator, copper piping, labour. Done by a GasSafe fitter, so fully certified. - £275

Rigging replacement
New standing rigging, 1x19, new bottle screws, new guard wires (no plastic coating), new running rigging in a combination of Dynema (halyards) and braid-on-braid, new single-line reefing for the two reefs in the main, new mast collar, VHF windex, tri-colour masthead, labour. Done by a local company in Deganwy. Not a cheap job, but I'm very happy with the work. One pair of the standing stays are 10mm 1x19.. that mast should never come down! - £6000

Canvas works
Sails washed, UV strips replaced, new lazyjacks, lazybag with Blue Opal stitched on, mast "collar" to cover what the lazybag doesn't cover, new dodgers with pockets (great for the furling lines and a winch handle), new spray hood with pockets in the V, new pedestal cover with zip. Done by a company based near Caernarfon, very good standard. - £2100

I also asked the company that did this work to measure for fitting a complete cockpit enclosure - I need to get back to them and ask what the estimate it. I won't be installing it immediately, but keeping it in the back pocket for next season, so that on cold, wet days, I can just put up the whole enclosure and sit there snug as a bug in a rug.

Safety
New 4-man life raft, replacing an 18 year old 6-man, refresh of the 4 hammar life jackets, dinghy check-over. Porthmadog based company; figured I wasn't up to trusting an 18 year old life raft when push came to shove. - £1000.

Engine space
Replacement raw water hose, replaced standard stern packing with Volvo seal, labour. Localish guy in the marina, found for me by my contact there. Also gave me a hand with getting the autohelm registration arm re-connected, and came back when we had a leak on the new water hose (there was a bit of paint on the pipe, so it never sealed quite right). - £250.

Also replaced the pressure cap on the coolant tank; the seal had perished. Being able to read the spare parts manual made this easy to do remotely. Think it was 20 quid or so.

Water system
New accumulator tank, gubbins to fit. This'll be all at me, fitting the accumulator tank to stop the pump hammer that I'm experiencing, plus some valves to enable me to actually stop the water flow if I need to do something like fit an accumulator tank! - £150.

That's the bulk of it. There are other things to do, like fit a solar panel to keep the batteries topped up, but they're all small jobs really, and I'll be spending the summer learning how she handles and how to deal with her mule-kick prop walk.

Last edited by Duncan_Hill (2017-05-02 20:50:47)

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