We’re done with commissioning. We met with Dave yesterday to go over things. The hydronic is done! We have unlimited hot water and five zone heat. It’s a beautiful unit.

Dave also worked out an innovative solution to get the hydronic hot water playing nicely with the 11-gallon domestic hot water tank and the engine heat exchanger loop.

We also made some quality of life upgrades.

The water maker is working and we made 50 gallons yesterday as a test. We replaced the undersized nylon line on the rode with 150’ of chain for a full 500’ of chain. The weight made no difference to how the boat rides in the water and there’s plenty of room in the chain locker. We also got some hoses for the washdowns and a thousands other small things.

There were several items on the commissioning list we didn’t get done – we just ran out of time. We never plumbed the BBQ and there are a few cabinet latches that need to be fixed. Lots of small things we can figure out once we get to a new home port.

We’re departing Blaine for the San Juans this morning. Still lots of stuff to get organized. But, we’re officially casting off for the next couple of weeks.

This blog is intended as a document of the nuts-and-bolts aspects of the boat – not as a cruising blog. But, some cruising stuff may leak over.

Shakedown was a big success. We spend the night in Echo Bay, took the dinghy to shore to explore the China caves, and had our tasty first boat meal. We got hit with wind directly out of the SE and there were some big rollers through the anchorage over night, but the Rocna held amazingly well and the kids slept right through it.

Stuff that worked well – the boat handles amazingly (we spent some time with a professional captain to learn how to handle a single screw. Thanks, Gerry!), the basic electronics are solid (we got the autopilot configured, charts, and radar work great), the amenities are really nice – hot shower, laundry, stove, etc. And, of course, our Rocna holding us solid through some big seas. The boat cruises and “lives” incredibly comfortably. The generator is really quiet and worked well to get a load of laundry done and heat some water for showers (the always-on hydronic isn’t working, yet).

We compiled our list of gremlins, as anticipated – the battery monitor is reporting nonsense, as are the blackwater tank monitors. There were several other minor annoyances that Dave will work on this coming week.