Improvements and enhancements
Dehler were well known for introducing innovative design features into their products. Usually these worked well, but sometimes for only a limited segment of their market.
Our plan was to use Fuga as a long term liveaboard cruising boat, but as we had limited means, we needed to be as independent as possible from shoreside facilities. This influenced our choice of equipment. Before setting out, we undertook a number of projects to make life aboard more practical and comfortable, and we continue to add improvements as they occur to us.
Occasionally we found irritating limitations or shortcomings. Some were fundamental, such as the innovative anchor arrangement that did not suit our requirements. Others were often down to the actual fitting of the individual boat. Simple issues, like the fitting of a jubilee clip, perhaps, with the screw positioned for the installer's convenience, not for ease of maintenance. On these occasions, we have had to find solutions.
Some enhancement projects costing approximately £30K that you will not find on most Dehler 41DS's include:
- Mastervolt Whisper 3500 3kvA generator with separated (low noise) exhaust system
- Inverter charger, automatic cutover when shore power present
- Additional 240volt power outlets as necessary
- 150w Solar Panels, now with MPPT controller for maximised output
- 300w (maximum rated) Superwind wind generator and controller
- Sterling alternator controller for more effective engine charging
- AGM service batteries (520AH)
- Dual sense split charge relay
Navigation and lighting
- Modified chart workstation, including laptop computer for navigation integrated with instruments, TV
- Additional lighting over chart table, and under side deck
- Additional lighting in forecabin, galley and use of LED lights where appropriate
- Raymarine C90W chart plotter and digital radar, mounted in cockpit
- Sea-me active radar transponder
- VHF DSC radio with cockpit remote
- ICOM MF/HF SSB facilities - aerial tuner in lazarette
- Navtex and emergency vhf aerial (mounted on transom gantry)
- Nasa AIS engine integrated with chart plotter and computer software
- Caribe rib dinghy on davits (re-inforced transom)
- Gantry for solar panels, aerials, and including outboard hoist point
- Bow roller fitting, heavy duty 1200W Lewmar deck mounted windlass with remote.
- 25kg Rocna anchor, 75m 10mm chain and additional rope rode.
- Headsail control lines - used when running before, and enabling the boat to heave-to
- Jackstays and secure points in cockpit for personal safety
- Calorifier to obtain hot water from engine cooling (with immersion)
- Freezer cabinet under saloon seating, compressor in stern locker
- Dometic Vacuflush toilet system
- Microwave oven
- Lee cloth to create a passage berth
- Electric fans in sleeping cabins
- A heightened sprayhood with opening front for ventilation
- Bimini and side screens for shelter from the sun
- Sun cover (under boom) with side screens in 3 sections to cover saloon
- Winter cockpit enclosure
- Cockpit cushions
- Winter storage cover for saloon (esp. windows)