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.