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Old 07-01-2013, 02:15 PM   #15
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Hi Florin, what is the name of the other thread where you have more pics? Temporarily I have a "dry" chemical toilet (for the ladies) I use the "bucket-and-chuck-it" method myself.

NB! A "water" toilet is low on my wish list presently, e.g. wind rudder, heating system, dingy and AIS among others are more highly listed

Our's has a volvo penta md1(10 hp diesel 1 cylinder) could be original but not sure as I know only one of two prior owners the man we got her from said the vp motor came with her. Good motors, yet...

I am very interested in electric motors too. Waiting to learn more about electric motors from Clay and Uwe. What do you think about el-mtrs?

Just told a good friend of mine in Jönköping about you she's going to bicycle over to your boat today and take some pics. Since you posted concern with yr mast deck foot. Ours is odd in that we can't bolt it on.

Uwe's advised contracting a professional boat transporter and I agree. Have you tried googling swedish overland boat transporters and asking for a specified offer?

We look forward to meeting you and seeing your boat and learning more about storfidras too. Stay well//Joe
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:52 PM   #16
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Hello Joe! There is only two threads on this forum , about this kind of boat. You post in both of them , so I think you could see the pictures. If not , just please check on facebook my profile , and you will have all the pictures I got. My facebook name is my name: Stoica Florin Nicanor. Sorry about the mess inside , but last summer was raining every two hours ! Nice august in Sweden ! I have no sailing experience , but that was and is still my dream : sail around the world. I was just very happy to here something ( anything) about Storfidras owners, that can help me. That was the reason to bring my boat over land back to my country, Romania.
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:23 PM   #17
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My engine , it is also a volvo penta , with 22 horse power. And my boat was moved ( the marina told my that) few weeks ago , during some grand operations. A professional transport , will cost me a lot of money , so I am looking for a regular truck , if it is possible. I am looking forward to see you!
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:50 AM   #18
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To be honest , I was never thinking about an electric motor. But it is a great idea! May be Clay or Uwe tell us more about that.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:14 AM   #19
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Ahoy, there Clay and Uwe please tell us more about your electric motors... pics much appreciated too //Joe
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:02 PM   #20
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I sold my Storfidra NAUSIKAA to a Swede in 2005, who sailed her in Denmark quite some time but unfortunaltely I lost contact to him and the boat. (NAUSIKAA was quite active here in the Cruiser log too but I have not heard from him for a very long time...)
@ Clay: Wonderful interior! It really makes sence to position the book shelfs right to the main bulkhead. Great idea.
On our Storfidra we had a stainless steel box placed in the forpeak to hold the anchor chain. It was open on the top and the chain fell nicely into the box. The only problem after anchoring was that the wet chain spread its murky odor in the front cabin because the ventilation of the the chain box was rather poor. Our ancor grounds in the Baltic Sea were mostly muddy grounds.
And I am really highly interested in your elecric engine! Looking foreward for the pics.
@ Joe: Yes the VOLVO MD1 was the original engine. One cylinder, interesting sound, able to start it by hand with a crank! My father wanted a stronger engine and therefor replaced her by a PERKINS two cylinder.

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So , the only one with an electric engine is Clay?
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:58 PM   #22
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Uwe , you sold your boat to Stephen , or I am wrong?
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Hello Uwe, thanks for reply. Hope Nausikka turns up again someday soon. Shall hv a look/see at another storfidra on thursday to learn how they done things.

Agree w/you re Clay bookshelf I surmise as its squeezed between hull 'n mast-support (bulkhead) or? Contemplating bkshelf there too along with vhf etc yet, there's an original storfidra practical interior feature done by the yard I want to re-install ie being able to raise sofa back support...

upwards in-order to be used as an extra top-bunk but even more preferable as a navigation table and I don't want the shelf etc to hinder that. Where did your dad hv his navi table and vhf?


Re anchor chain box odor prblm. On my fidra's fordeck apx 1m in fr starbrd bow there's a small topside compartment for anchor lines. Is this where yr dad his steel chain box? Did you hv anchor windlass?

I got my fidra w/forpeak prepared for eventual watertank install eg theres' already a water intake deck valve in place and a shelf space for a apx.40 l tank. Where did yr dad hv his watertank?

Yes, the MD1 sound is music to my ears, but do need a cover for it and change out a wc wall that hinders hand cranking motor. Perkins or MD2 wld suit me just fine as its always best w/some backup, eh

Ok, guys lets' hope Clay sends us pics of his el-motor and storfidra soonest... I wonder how he re-powers it etc? Good wind y'all //Joe
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Putting a water tank in the forepeak is not a good idea.

40l is not a lot of weight, I realise, but on a small boat an extra 40+kg in the nose can significantly affect performance.
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Hi Auzzee, thx for yr input. Re 40l water tank pls suggest alt placement//Joe
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Hi Auzzee, thx again re yr tip. Contemplating 40l watertank aft starboard motor to balance 40l fueltank port and anchors etc in stern with windlass 80m/8mm chain 7.5kg bruce in storfidras' forepeak. Please, advise //Joe
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The reason why it is best to put water tanks low down and as near to the centre of balance as possible, it that they are of varying weight. That weight in small watertanks is also mobile as most small tanks are not fitted with baffles. Chain is a virtual constant. When stowed it is a constant weight and, when sailing it is for all intents, immobile.

Constants can be guaranteed to behave in a certain manner whereas variables can't. Buoyancy at the ends is going to mean a more nimble boat and a drier ride. I guess local conditions will dictate the length of chain you need to keep in the forepeak, but if conditions of anchoring permit, it is always a good thing in a smaller boat (in any boat in fact) to substitute some chain for rope. Again keeping weight down is the aim.

When the bows can rise more easily to meet the sea, the gods will be more benevolent.
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Auzzee, that was an outstanding explaination and I am very grateful. Admit I did not think at all about varying and constant weights.

Re low and center of balance I imagine that ought to be where the motor is mounted and along side of it theres' already a 40l fuel tank so a 40l water tank on the otherside shld be ok, or? Will look into about making a baffled water tank.

Re amount of chain I thought one needed as much of it as possible so collected 80m so far anchorline too. Locally swedish archipelago not much seems required. Unsure exactly howmuch a storfidra needs to cruise (?)

Re "bows rising to meet the sea... " brings back memories of waves rolling in over our rowboat w/risk of getting swamped while out claming in the bay off long island. Agree weightwatchings vital Thx again 'n best wishes to you//Joe
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