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Thank you, sincerely,
Hayden and Radeen
IP Owners since 1991
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Hayden is correct. As per the original design shown in the IP 27 Owners Manual (available in the file download area on the IP Home Port website), there is no ground bonding wire to the mast step and, in fact, the mast head is grounded only through the starboard shrouds chainplate and the starboard backstay chainplate.
I believe the mast grounding system for later IPs remains much the same. Certainly our 380 bonding system has green bonding wires for mast grounding going only to the port shrouds and backstay chainplates. It's not clear to me why the mast step is not grounded and also why the starboard backstay and shrouds chainplates and the headstay fitting are not grounded, but that's as Bob Johnson intended.
It may be of interest to know that, at least for us, the grounding system as designed has saved the boat from catastrophic lightning damage. Last month while on our mooring on the Chesapeake we took a direct strike to the masthead that destroyed the VHF antenna and windex, then apparently traveled down the VHF coax cable, the grounded port upper shroud, the grounded port backstay and also the headstay and genoa foil (not connected to the bonding system, so not clear where the current ended up), and then apparently largely via the bonding wiring system to ground (i.e. sea water) through the bronze hull fittings, propshaft and propellor. There is no visible damage to the hull, chainplates, or interior, but there was direct damage (heating or arcing) or indirect damage by voltage surge or induced currents to some standing rigging, all electronics, and much of the electrical equipment and systems. Even the house and engine batteries, refrigerator compressor, and bilge pump float switch were damaged. Total diagnostics and replacement parts and labor exceeds $40,000. I can provide a list of the repair/replacement work needed if anyone is interested.
The good news is that we now have a lot of new equipment and standing rigging and great new communications, navigation and sailing instruments - all covered by our insurance. It may also be of interest that our insurers covered the claim 100%, new for old, with no deductible and no depreciation. Certainly a recommendation from us for insurance from Boat US.
IP 380 Indigo
West River, MD
Many thanks to Hayden (and Radeen) for organizing a great event. Good company, good food, and very useful information. Congratulations!
West River, MD
I am upgrading my electronics on my IP 445 and liked how this Navpod was mounted. The attached photo is a screenshot from the sales You Tube video. This is on an 2006 IP 445 which at the time was named "Gail C" that was for sale in 2012.
Appreciate any help or information on contacting the original owner to see where this was done. If anybody else has some good examples of pedestals/handholds on IPs, please share.
Appreciate the help, Thanks
My suggestion - Why not put it on davits and hang it upside down, It won't fill with water. At your destination you can turn it over use the davits as intended. I have done this a few times on our 350 and more recently on our IP 40. And I also keep a knife handy to cut it loose. If nothing else it seems to ensure that we have great weather. I wonder if Tom on La Vida Dulce would comment. Would this have worked in the rough wx passage you had coming from Bermuda? Hypolon inflatable dinks have so many issues it would be a shame to give up on your RIB.
I have a 2002 420 that I bought new. several years ago Packet sent a notice telling owners to consider replacing the exhaust elbow because it could become a fire hazard if the engine ran hot for a period of time. They felt that it was very close to the bunk surface. They were in the process of designing a new elbow to lower the height so it would not be as close to the bunk. Apparently that was done and you have the replacement installed when your 440 was built. I called and tried to get the replacement years later and talked to Karsten. He said they did not have any in stock but may have some produced later as they felt that the earlier owners would want it when it was time to replace the old style elbow. I am glad you found out the source and I will be calling them to have one manufactured for me. again Thanks
Congratulations on your new boat! You will love her! Where are you based?
We're still using the davits with our 11' RIB. Our thought is to buy a Hypalon inflatable floor model that we can deflate and put under the Hoyt boom for offshore. We have friends who have an Achilles LSI-330E which they highly recommend. They've done over 50,000 offshore miles with that model on board and are very happy. We like the idea of being able to take the dinghy off for winter as well. We're in the PNW so we don't get really bad winters but we'd still like to be able to put the dink below for extended periods when we aren't using it.
Hope that helps.
We are relatively new owners of IP445-01. Have you come up with a good answer to your question about where to store the dinghy when off-shore?
Hayden, New guy here Andy Shelest. I don't know where to request into on how to purchase items from he factory, I need port gaskets, cabin logos and...Hayden, New guy here Andy Shelest. I don't know where to request into on how to purchase items from he factory, I need port gaskets, cabin logos and other misc itrems. I sthis the right place ? Show more
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We now have 28 boats represented! WOW, this is really getting exciting. See the updated list above at the top.
The list keeps growing, NOW 25 BOATS represented. See the updated list above.
FUN FUN FUN
Hayden & Radeen, aboard IP 35 LUCILLE at Spring Cove Marina, thank you Jeff and Sharon
The list has been updated, and not it is 22 boats represented. See the list above which I keep adding too....
Minivoiu time this weekend, Rock Hall, MD, Spring Cove Marina, SAT SUN
Hayden, driving down this AM...