Captain's Pass Down Orders is mandatory reading and you will be required to sign a statement at the time of checkout with Seabbatical Long Term Charters that you received this information and that you understand it. Since Hurricane Irma, The French Maid, LLC has upgraded the French Maid with new and greatly improved equipment all of which is not reflected in the Pass Down file but is in the onboard operation manual. The following is a list of the improvements:
New Mast and roller reefing
New Standing rigging
New running rigging
Bimini frame repairs
Bimini reinforcement and new Dodger windows.
New hull paint
New Logo decals
New hard-wired Lighting protection ( note you may still get hit by Lightening but you should be safer with less equipment damage--But no guarantees)
New 1350 AHr Firefly Oasis AGM Batteries (previously only 600 AHr).
Relocated all the electrical control equipment to the aft port Cabin and now is compliant with the ABYC standards used in the US and recognized by the US Coast Guard.
New and Improved Battery monitoring of all four battery banks (House, Engine, Generator, and Bow thruster using State of charge (SOC) and battery voltage.
High water alarm added to the bilge.
Auto Generator Start added in case you forget to charge the batteries when required. If you are connected to shore power and lose shore power then the generator may start but will not charge the batteries unless the generator circuit breakers are on.
Upgraded the Engine Alternator to 250A (previously only 100A)
Upgraded and re-wired the Bow Thrusters to ABYC Standards for improved reliability.
Replaced all the cabin top hatch sunshades and bug screens. Do not sail with the hatches open and the screens/shades covering the opening.
Added bookcases for Nav and equipment manuals, and general reading materials and cookbooks.
Added more DVDs to the onboard library
Raised AIS antenna to the top of the mast so as to see more traffic and be seen by others. Remember that if others want to follow you on your travels via www.MarineTraffic.com your AIS signal must be received by a shore-based station or by a vessel that transmits it to the Satellite
New VHF radio wiring and New VHF radio and cockpit mic
Nav Station VHF radio moved for better use
New HDTV antenna
Chart Plotters (e95) have been upgraded to the latest version of LightHouse 2 ( and YES you now can sail the French Maid single-handed. I did 1400nm from VA to USVI/ BVI and back
New e95 chart plotter added to the Nav station and connected via the Sea talk/Nema 2000 network
New Depth Temp and Speed transducer.
New cockpit speakers.
Hawking WiFi repeater installed so as to pick up FREE, weak shore-based WiFi
ALG Link WiFi avail onboard for pre-paid periods.
Iridium GO! Sat comm with PredictWind weather forecasting and Nav planning.
New Salon Berth, queen size mattress topper
New seals and thermostats on all the refrigerators and freezer for better cooling
Complete set of paper copies of the equipment operating instructions, should you have a complete electrical failure or just a computer failure. I know that a bunch of binders on bookshelves is not pretty but it might just save you, plus it is good night time reading.
BVI and Caribbean Charter Managers:
Seabbatical Long Term Charters
Call Dan Surmond
Bus:1 780 974 5257
Cell: 1 780.974.5257
Atlantic Coast Charters Managers:
French Maid, LLC
Call or Fax Jim
French Maid, LLC
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