Please select your home edition
Edition
BIA 2017 Sydney 728x90 General

The M360 Project – More engine power and berthing made easier

by Boat Gold Coast on 11 Jul
The M360 Project © My Marine Service Centre
Petrol to diesel – when is it a viable option? Are you overcapitalising your investment? How do you judge what is good value and what is a wasted effort? When should I consider such an enormous transformation?

Andrew Weekes of My Marine Service Centre at Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM) asked Christopher Dan, a well-known Southport Yacht Club personality, when the latter was pondering his boating future. While excited about the idea of upgrading Christopher’s beautifully presented Riviera M360, both men needed to come to a thorough understanding of the expectations of the end result. After all, it entailed a sizable investment.

Firstly, Christopher and his wife, Robyn, were still some two years from receiving their newly ordered boat, and were in the enviable position of wanting to keep their existing boat so as to always have a home-based craft for when the new girl was up north or down in Sydney Harbour. So the question of how long the boat’s upgrades would be enjoyed for, were satisfied very early in the discussions.

Increasing the vessel’s range was a primary consideration. The desired 4.2 turbo diesel Mercruiser (Cummins) packages would, in theory, provide more power (torque) at a far better fuel burn while delivering a greater cruise speed and the benefits of better hole shot.



Using the extensive facilities at GCCM, My Marine Service Centre was commissioned to proceed with the project in late 2016. Engine drives and transom assemblies were removed along with the petrol generator. Fuel tanks were drained and cleaned by Sweep Marine Services. The engine room was stripped of all batteries, wiring and plumbing. Detailed with flow coat, the new engine room needed to allow for the changes in engine design. While the engines were out, the batteries were repositioned and new hot water service was fitted, which is easy to access while the engines are out. After all, by the time the new engine drives and joystick steering were fitted, things were going to be tight.

Working closely with the factory technicians from the Mercury head office, the My Marine team needed to allow for a sensible cost effective way to accommodate the drastically increased air intake consumption required to successfully run the new diesel packages. Stainless-steel louvered Dorade boxes were added to the stern corners of the vessel. The myriad of factory wiring looms, nine separate electronic control modules, and NSS12 Simrad Mercury-compatible interfaces were included for a complete instrumentation package. The joystick and skyhook controls were added before the final engine genset and drive installation occurred.

Once the M360 was relaunched, there was several full days of joystick programming as each individual boat has its own personality and this needs to be factored into the programming of the joystick.

The result?



Wow! Not only a vessel with total berthing control at the touch of the joystick combined with convenience of holding itself in a single position indefinitely (an absolute godsend for planning the tying of fenders and ropes for stress-free docking), but also an amazingly quiet 24-knot cruise and a top speed of 34 knots – up from 18-20 and 24, respectively.

While the fuel burn resulted in similar per hour figures, the drastic increase in speed achieved has increased the range to comfortably allow the family to realise its goal and now can easily plan the extended trips up to Moreton Bay and beyond, which is what that they desired.

All in all, it was a very worthwhile and successful project, enabling the family to achieve boating happiness and extending the serviceable life of a very worthwhile vessel for many years to come.

Insun - AC ProgramSydney Harbour Boat Storage 660x82Protector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

Marine Notice - Official Nautical Charts
Marine Notice draw attention to importance of using only official nautical charts to comply with flag State requirements This Marine Notice draws attention to the importance of using only official nautical charts to comply with flag State requirements, which implement the relevant regulations of Chapter V of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as amended.
Posted today at 4:49 am
Marine Notice - Biofouling and In-water Cleaning
The purpose of this Marine Notice is to provide general information to vessel owners on In-water Cleaning Guidelines The purpose of this Marine Notice is to provide general information to vessel owners, operators, ports and marinas on the revised 2015 Anti-fouling and In-water Cleaning Guidelines for Australia and New Zealand (the 2015 Guidelines), and the International Maritime Organization’s 2011 Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species
Posted today at 4:35 am
Marine Notice - VHF marine radios - Automatic channel switching
This Notice provides information on how VHF channel switching may interfere with safe operation of vessel communications This Marine Notice provides information on how automatic VHF channel switching may interfere with the safe operation of vessel communications.
Posted today at 4:05 am
Wide Cleats make hardware upgrades easy
Retractable line cleats not only improve a boat's looks by eliminating bulky deck hardware, they represent a convenience Retractable line cleats not only improve a boat's looks by eliminating bulky deck hardware, they represent a convenience and safety upgrade by protecting against snagged fishing lines and stubbed toes. The 305 series Wide Line Cleats from Accon Marine are a simple upgrade to improve the appearance and appeal of a vessel.
Posted on 22 Jul
Historical displays at Sydney International Boat Show
Sydney Int'l Boat Show will showcase some of Australia’s boating history, as it celebrates its own 50th anniversary Sydney International Boat Show will showcase some of Australia’s boating history, as it celebrates its own 50th anniversary at the International Convention Centre Sydney.
Posted on 22 Jul
DAMEN to open up “New Frontiers” at the Monaco Yacht Show
On 10 July DAMEN launched its latest vessel New Frontiers – a new evolution in Dutch shipbuilder’s Yacht Support range. On 10 July DAMEN launched its latest vessel New Frontiers – a new evolution in the Dutch shipbuilder’s Yacht Support range. For the first time, the 55-metre vessel debuts dedicated Owner and guest accommodation plus a host of yachting enhancements that distinguish the YS 5009 from its predecessors.
Posted on 18 Jul
Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge – Day 2
One overriding objective is to use competition to promote eco-responsible propulsion to people involved in motor-sport. Nothing can stop them: Gerhard van der Schaar’s Dutch boat Clafis Victron Energy Solar Boat Team in the Open Class and Johannes van der Steen driving NHL Solarboatteam in Challenge A, each won the Fleet Endurance Race, the speed contest, slalom and one-on-one duels in their respective categories.
Posted on 16 Jul
Sunreef launches Supreme 68 Power Cat with lots of light and space
You enter the boat from wide staircases leading up from the swim platform, and walk into the salon through glass doors. Sunreef will introduce its new, massive Supreme 68 power catamaran at the Cannes yacht show in September, the newest model in the Supreme line that runs from 48 to 88 feet. The amount of attractive, modern, bright living space on the new Sunreef Supreme 68 is simply stunning: Indeed, the company says the new cat has 3,250 square feet of living space, more than many upscale New York City apartments
Posted on 16 Jul
Monaco at the forefront of eco-responsible propulsion
First contests at fourth Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge kicked-off on Friday morning for 21 teams competing. The first contests at the fourth Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco in partnership with UIM (International Powerboating Federation) kicked-off on Friday morning for 21 teams competing. This unique event in the Mediterranean is an opportunity for international engineering students to showcase potential of electric and solar power for the yachting sector.
Posted on 15 Jul
Beneteau launches new models at this year's Sydney Boat Show
The new inboard power boats on display are the eye catching Gran Turismo 40 which delivers unrivalled speed On display for the first time in Australia is the New Swift Trawler 50, spacious, ideal for living on board and equipped for long distance cruising with a range of over 1200Nm at eight knots and a top speed of 24 knots, she is the ideal boat for cruising the Australian coastline.
Posted on 14 Jul