Month: January 2016

The Engine in Makani, Nonsuch 30U #278

The Engine in Makani, Nonsuch 30U #278

Makani was built in 1985 and is powered with a Westerbeke 27 of the same year.  As noted earlier, the engine was surveyed prior to purchase and the previous owner did a good job of maintaining the power plant.

We had a punch list of items to take care of based on the survey and my own wish to try and stay ahead of any maintenance issues.  The boat was brought to List Marine in Sausalito where Hans List and his crew took care of everything.  Besides replacing hoses, belts, and filters, we also replaced the Exhaust Elbowa and manifold gaskets.  This should be done every 3-5 years and there was no record when it was done last.  Hans also recommended that the engine feb repainted with primer and corrosion resistant paint, which was done.  The result is an engine that looks as good as new.

In the Nonsuch 30U the engine has a V-Drive so it is actually mounted “backwards.”  But there is plenty of room to get to all the sides of the engine either from the cabin or through the cockpit lazarettes. Even me at  6′ and 220 lb can get down there!

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Down Below S/V Makani, Nonsuch 30U

Down Below S/V Makani, Nonsuch 30U

When we started looking for a Nonsuch 30 we thought we wanted the Classic cabin layout with the saloon all the way forward.  Our reasoning was that we were going to be daysailing exclusively so we didn’t need the separate sleeping cabin and the extra cost of the Ultra layout.  But when we started looking at some Classics with our family we all felt the forward saloon and rear sleeping cabin with the “Pullman” style berth was more spacious and comfortable.  The deciding factor was that our 6’5″ son, who has headroom down below, had trouble fitting his legs under the dining table in the forward area of the Classic.  In the Ultra he was very comfortable in the forward saloon.

As you can see, the Ultra has settees on port and starboard with a dining table to starboard.

The dining table folds out to include seating from both settees.  The table also folds down and allows the starboard settee to be converted into a double berth, which came in very handy when we sailed to Benicia for a Sausalito Yacht Club sponsored weekend cruise.

Moving forward from the saloon is the galley to port with a propane oven and stove, 12v refrigeration, and deep SS sink.  There is adequate stowage for our weekend cruising needs.

To starboard is an enclosed head and shower, with a separate doorway from the forward cabin.  Hot water is provided by a 110 hot water heater that replaced the original propane water heater mounted over the sink.  Every surveyor we spoke to said the original propane heater is now considered unsafe.

The forward cabin has a large double berth to port with a vanity to starboard and a closet at the head of the cabin.  Because of the Nonsuch design the headroom is carried all the way forward and the mast is behind the forward cabinet out of the way