The relatively trouble-free Cummins engine is still purring along happily. To date I have only replaced one non-maintenance part, the pre injector fuel pump. I did have some problems with the injectors on the generator leaking but replacing a tiny copper ring solved that one.
In 05, Furthur had the best electronics money could buy, a complete Simrad package. As with the Smartcraft, the screens have mostly failed, and again no replacements or repairs available. This sent me scurrying to Ebay where some parts are sold, I buy any I can find. It is amazing that the most popular auto pilot sold, the AP25, aka the Robertson AP does not provide replacement parts like their remote. Ahh planned obsolescence strikes again.
As with previous years, we were plagued with battery problems, at the end of the season I pulled all the Trojan AGM’s out to find 2 dead ones, which killed the system. Four tested good. The Trojan dealer was helpful and showed me his handy dandy new tester, I ordered one instantly. With Lithium in my plans I just needed batteries to get me by one year, so I bought six old fashioned, cheap, truck, wet 8d’s. (look into future, now 4 months cruising later they are doing great)
The year before we replaced all interior cushions, so this year all the exterior seats got new Sumbrella. I also added a few covers inspired by the 2 months of rain we got in Subic Bay. The rules in Subic Bay Yacht Club are a dash Draconian, one prohibits hanging any laundry outside of the boat. I got a warning for hanging my swim suit out to dry. This prompted building a cockpit enclosure, something I have always detested on other boats. This was fortuitous with the heavy rains we experienced so know I am a big fan of our new enclosed cockpit.
One constant irk, I bought a cheap wind generator 2 years ago, makes more noise than power so disabled now. I considered replacing it but let it slide, only to experience the windiest cruising season ever. Each day I see the wind passing by without stopping to donate to my batteries. Next year I will get a good wind gen. We have warned our sailor friends that there will be no wind next year hahaha.
So ended nine years of great service from Furthur, one could not ask for a more reliable, comfortable boat. On to the tenth year we go!