The boat                                              
The choice. The equipment. The problems.

The problems.

Seen from the positive site, to have problems is the best way to know your boat, every inch of it. Sometimes you can solve the problem yourself, sometime it requires the help of a professional. Slowly but surely, you become a real DIY men or woman!


The motor of the windlass exploded due to a water infiltration due to a rotten seal. We had to wait a month for replacement pieces (!) or purchase a complete new windlass. We obviously opted for the second alternative and replaced the 1000 watts original one , by a  1200 one, fully in aluminum.


The boom is connected to gooseneck with a cylindrical piece, which itself is maintained in place by a split pin. This very cheap piece broke down and therefore the boom was not linked any more to the mast. This occurred while crossing from Minorca to Sardinia. We had to bring down the mainsail, dismount the boom jack, etc


The WC is probably the piece of equipment that requires the most attention! We dismount on a regular basis the pump system to extract any calcium. But once the tube that connect the pump to the black waters tanks was completely stacked. A few liters of vinegar solved this problem!


To install the plotter Raymarine E80, we had to purchase a new pod. Unfortunately, it was badly sealed when mounted and water penetrated, reaching the electric cables, with the obvious consequences.

Now all the cables are fixed in the upper part of the Pod in order to prevent the problem if any humidity/water gets in.  

Navionics Platinum Charts:

To sail in the entire Mediterranean you need four electronic charts, each costing more than 300€! Therefore when one of them failed to work we send it back to Navionics, that checked if the cause of the malfunction was not originated by a copying tentative. As it was not the case, they send us a new one free of charge.


The Ovni is equipped with a lifting keel (via a cable, manual) and a rudder that is hydraulic. Once the later is in the up position the draught is 0.52 m, and 2.10 m. when it is down together with the keel.

If you hit a high bottom, the rudder will come up automatically, but you have to replace a fuse. Unfortunately the first time this happened,  we had also to replace the hydraulic tube connexion that exploded due to the fact that the fuse did not work out. The problem was that the previous owner had placed two fuses instead of one, and the second one did not work properly, creating a too high pressure level.

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