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Zulu is a custom-designed 42-foot sloop, built at Jespersen Boat Builders in Sidney, British Columbia, made of cold-molded wood. It was designed as a performance cruiser. The electrical system was designed to do long-distance cruising and for ease of use. The D.C. system includes a large house battery bank, isolated start battery, high output alternator (100 amps) with external Ample Power regulator. The A.C. system includes hot water tank, 20 amp battery charger, 500 watt salon heater, and GFCI protected outlets.
The Nav Station is a simple layout with a built-in computer for navigation and home office duties. BEP meters are used to monitor the D.C. systems, tank levels, and propane system. The custom-designed Circuit Panel has the D.C. circuit breakers, exterior lighting control, bilge pump control, VHF, stereo, and computer
Lighting in Zulu is very important to the owner. He wanted a lot of light inside and out. He also wanted fixtures that were modern and would stand up and look beautiful for years to come. We chose Cantalupi lights from Italy. Other features include 3-way dimmable lighting in the salon, wall-mounted switches for all the overhead lights, and cockpit sole lights including an under boom light.
A Raymarine electronics package was installed and includes wind, depth, speed, 4 kw radar, GPS, autopilot, graphic multi-display, and an 8î color monitor in the cockpit. The Raymarine system is networked to the shipís computer which has Nobeltec navigation software.
The house batteries in Zulu are Meridian AGM sealed 12v batteries. There is almost 500 amp hours of storage capacity. They are stored in a locker under the salon settee to keep the weight low and in the center of the boat. All the main fusing is also done in the locker.
Ocean World is a 72' catamaran which was constructed by a company in Maple Ridge. After many delays and poor workmanship, the yacht was moved to Platinum Yacht Services to be completed. A-Sea Marine Electrical was contracted to finish the electrical systems. The yacht was designed as a high-speed catamaran. For propulsion, it had 2 Cat engines and Rolls Royce water jets. The designed top speed was 45 knots. On sea trials, it reached 32 knots.
Because of the poor workmanship, many areas and systems had to be rebuilt. Platinum rebuilt a lot of the woodwork, repaint a lot of the boat, and rework the mechanical systems. The electrical systems were far from complete and a lot of systems needed to be redesigned and rewired.
The main power distribution panel war totally redesigned with all the control wiring removed and then rewired.
The yacht came with no ships alarm panel. A custom panel was built to fit the dash in the Pilot House. It includes Bilge pump indicators and counters, bilge high water alarms, E/R Fire system, and Rolls Royce control alarms.
The Caterpillar and Rolls Royce Control systems were redesigned and rewired to meet the manufacturer’s requirements This was very interesting because a water jet propelled yacht of this size does not operate like a regular yacht with propellers. The Rolls Royce electronics controls both the engines and jets. The yacht is controlled by a single joystick. It controls the direction of the boat and the speed. It can also steer it. There is no need for bow thrusters. With the jets, this yacht can go sideways