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First sail photos...

Not a particuarly good photo.  Will get some more photos and get the video's sorted out as soon as I can.  Unfortunately I will be out of the country for a couple of weeks and the end of this week so, not sure if I can do it before then...but this will do in the meantime.

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Hello Warren,

I follow "Natural High" from the beginning and respect, and was inspired, by the way you handle the build and the difficulties that came along with it.
Guess you took the Wharram design to a different level with the changes, quality and attention to detail without compromising it's straitforward simplicity. Congratulations!!
Fair winds,

Met vriendelijke groeten,
Hielan Sybesma

ps. I'm curious about the performance and efficiency of the electric engines.

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHielan Sybesma

Thanks Hielan for your kind comments.

Re: the electric motors. I will be doing a full report on these in a few weeks with full details. In the meantime here are the highlights.

1. Under full power in calm conditinos. 6.7 knots. Power used 200 amps at 48 volts. (total for both motors)
2. Cutting back the power to only consume around 50 amps (for both motors) 4.5 knots.

The motors themselves are great and the system for lowering and raising them works really well.

The biggest issue with the system has been the lithium batteries and the genset. Because there are no clear cut guidelines and conflicting information from the 'experts' in this field there has been a fair bit of experimentation.

One of the biggest issues was the batteries getting imbalanced. When this happens the fully charged cells prevent the others from being fully charged.

The problem that we had with the genset is another Kevin Plank disaster. It is a diesel generator with a 100amp x 58 volt alternator. However, it didn't work in the way it was supplied. When it was connected to the battery bank the engine stalled as it did not have enough power to run the alternator. So, we had to increase the rpm of the engine slightly and play around with pulley sizes to reduce the speed of the alternator and drop back the output of the alternator to 55 amps. It now works but it will take longer to charge the battery bank.

However, I am delighted with the system. I am convinced that this is the way to go. The electric morors are great and I would do it again.

There are a number of pitfalls and this is why I will do a full report on it so that those who are interested in such a system can install it and avoid much of the expense and frustration that I had had.

November 19, 2010 | Registered CommenterWarren Matthews

Hey I really liked the post and the images of your article. I guess, taking photography of sailing boats is your passion. Well, I am also photographer by profession and I also like to take images of sunsets, sailing boats, oceans and beautiful scenery. I have around 200 collections of sailing boats images. My images are also being posted in the magazines, newspapers and digest.

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSailing Boats

Congratulations, Warren! She's a beauty! It's even greater news to hear that the electric motors work. It's the way of the future.
Aluna will be leaving the Marquesas in a couple days heading for the Northern Cooks, then Phoenix. So we'll be out of touch for a while, but there's plenty of information which will be published on the blog over the next couple weeks.
Best of luck with all your ventures!

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeat Rettenmund

Thanks for the update Beat. Glad you made contact. I see that you have done a lot since we communicated last. I am sitting at the airport at the moment about to leave NZ for Thailand but after I get there I will catch up on your news via your blog. I can also put a link on my blog if you would like that.

Do you still plan to make it down to New Zealand?

November 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterWarren Matthews

Wow, Wonderful post and Impressive images.
Its my first time to your article and I found it quite interesting.
It is one of the great post which is well written and inspires me a lot.
I would like to follow your post again and also wanna know some more information regarding sailing boats adventures.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSailing Supplies

Yep, what is is interesting is your email from Raoul way back when. He is a LIAR, a MORON, and a THIEF.

I (loosely) quote an email Raoul Bianchetti sent to you a few months back. "your boat will no float level because blah, blah, nlaj".

Looks like it floats fine to me!

I saw the guy at Ocean Marina a few weeks back...

Good thing I didn't have a pistol with me.

I REALLY considered running him over with my car........God help him if I ever see him on a motorbike.

Have a broker trying to sell Raoul's junk.....( sunk another 3 million into it.....so have 8 million THB into it.

Am getting offers of 1.3 million and no buyers.

I'm NOT doing myself any favors with this post, other than to say I had a guy with a 100 ton US Coast Guard Captain's license do 90% of the re-fit for me....cost a lot of $$$$$$.

Stay away from Raoul please?

You'll be better off if you heed that advixe.

Raoul Bianchetti's sole purpose in in life is to scam you. He will will be your best friend up to he point he gets that last $ 20,000 USD out of you.




January 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCroc

Hey Warren...

Sorry for the rant above. That's an absolutely gorgeous boat Mate!

I like the waterline.


January 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCroc

Latest on Raoul Bianchetti.

He had 14 lawsuits going against him in Thailand. He got locked up. He was out on bail.........

He had to pay off a few to the tune of a few million baht & the rest faded away (apparently).

They gave his passport back to him, and the last accounts I heard of the guy was that he had just gotten bailed out of a Manila jail for 3.5. million baht ($112,000 USD) . The story I got was drug charges.

WHY is he trying to move to the Philippines?

Raoul Bianchetti is a crooked sack of garbage.

January 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCroc

Great content and very impressive images. I just happened to pass by our site and it brought me a moment of tranquility. I am thinking of taking a vacation and perhaps go sailing.

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentervanes wu

Hey I really enjoyed reading your post and also I liked the images of your article. I think that your post is quite interesting and impressive.Photography must be your hobby or passion, which is really one of the amazing hobby. Well, I am also photographer and good artist by profession. I have been participated in many contests and events.

October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZenerx

latest on raoul: WE GOT HIM GUYS! ^^

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjamaica

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