Welcome Oceanis 45 charter yacht ‘Malabar’

Malabar, Oceanis 45 charter. She’s on her way!

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Malabar, Oceanis 45 relaxing before her journey from Perpignan France to Orhaniye Turkey

Malabar, Perfect Sailing’s brand new Oceanis 45 (our second new yacht this year) has left Perpignan in France bound for her new home here in Orhaniye Turkey.

She will enjoy a relaxed cruise for six weeks as her new owners get to grips with this fantastic yacht. The Oceanis 45 is one of the ‘new generation’ Beneteau, along with her siblings the 41.1 and 48.

When she arrives in Orhaniye she will undergo a two week preparation for charter to add all the kit needed for an excellent charter experience, from safety equipment to Wi-Fi, even novels and boardgames.

Here are some photos of her modern light oak interior.

Oceanis 45 galley
Oceanis 45 galley
Oceanis 45 Dinette
Oceanis 45 Dinette

Malabar has the three cabin layout finished in light oak with grey trim, very modern she looks too. malabar sports a long list of factory extras, including electric drop down transom remote control and windlass chain counter. The owners have added some nice personal touches too. An increase the internal storage is just one example.

Customised cupboard storage
Customised cupboard storage

We know they have worked hard to make much more than the vanilla yacht, for example the very expensive but oh so lovely helm chart plotter repeaters. Now you can focus on making her sail fast with all the information customisable at the helm.

Helm position on our new 2016 Oceanis 45, with the 7" B&G Zeus repeaters
Helm position on our new 2016 Oceanis 45, with the 7″ B&G Zeus repeaters


If you fancy chartering Malabar but you’re a bit concerned whether you could handle her or not, this could put your mind to rest. Just look at the photo of the owner’s mum (I’m too polite to mention here age) with a big smile on her face. I’m not surprised, Malabar sailing on her first trial sail at over 10 knots, and it could be you too.

Owner's mum on the maiden sail at over 10 knots.
Owner’s mum on the maiden sail at over 10 knots!

If you would like more information, and her availability, our website is the place to start, or just send an email

Malabar – Oceanis 45 charter, here in Orhaniye Turkey, be amongst the first!


Aquadrive CV joint repair!

Aquadrive CV joint repair

Sometimes you just know you’re lucky!

Perhaps some companies don’t fully appreciate their employees or their skills. Perfect Sailing are very proud to have a great engineer on our staff, and so are our clients too.

A couple of weeks ago a fellow cruising friend called and asked if we could trace a noise in the engine compartment and a line of oil all around the compartment.

As ever we despatched our highly regarded engineer Huseyin to look at the problem.

A short while later Huseyin returned with a diagnosis. The CV joint had a big split in the rubber boot (which protects the joint from dirt and corrosion and also houses the grease) which had caused a line of grease to be ejected around the engine bay. The noise was caused by the loss of grease.

When the owners engine was recently replaced, including new prop, shaft and plumbing, it was decided not to replace the Aquadrive CV joint or driveshaft constant velocity joint. If you don’t know (and why should you), the Aquadrive CV joint is similar to the drive shafts in front wheel drive cars that change the angle of drive of a prop shaft, i.e. allows the front wheels to turn whilst maintaining drive. Think of how your wrist can adopt any angle, except this one rotates simultaneously as well.

car CV joint

The arrangement of the Aquadrive CV joint is shown in the picture below, our installation is exactly like this.


Aquadrive arrangement
Aquadrive arrangement

We contacted the suppliers, who also fitted the new engine. They explained the CV joint was very old and the boot was no longer available, a newer design CV joint would be required.

Aquadrive CV joint
Photo of the original CV joint in new condition with a complete rubber boot retained by jubilee clips, shown in the centre.

Naturally the owner was disappointed having spent a lot of money on a new engine and ancillaries, the company would accept no responsibility for their advice, not even offering to fit the replacement part as a gesture of goodwill.

So Perfect Sailing were given the job of replacement, and that’s when it all started to get tricky. First the joint had to be removed and then a replacement sought. Despite hours of pushing and heaving, a drenched (did I tell you its really hot here) Huseyin just couldn’t persuade the bits to divorce! By this time the owner had returned to England which left us several months to sort the problem. Never give up, never surrender, as they say on Galaxy Quest, the Star Trek spoof film. Undefeated Huseyn had another attempt, and this time succeeded. So far we are all happy, we have avoided a lift out, removal of the engine and propellor, and a trip to the workshop to separate the CV joint from the shaft. At least €1000 saved.

Next we confirmed that the ‘boot’ was no longer available, and the owner faced the cost of a new joint at around €1500. On close examination Huseyin said there was nothing wrong with the joint itself, just the torn boot (well it was 30 years old).

This is when Huseyin’s ingenuity sets in. A trip to town, a hunt round the various engine and engineering suppliers, revealed a boot from a Volvo marine drive shaft. It  was the right diameter but more than twice as long as needed. He bought it anyway.

Smart engineer Huseyn's Aquadrive CV joint repair
Smart engineer Huseyn, a man with a plan!

The problem now is the new boot has to be cut shorter, consequently removing the flange at one end which the jubilee clip should sit on. The boot (a tubular rubber bellows), needs a flat flange on both ends. One end has just been cut of to get the correct length required. Huseyin very cleverly slipped the jubilee clip over two of the high points of the new bellows, allowing him to clamp the boot at the cut end.


Aquadrive CV joint

Aquadrive CV Joint just final reassembly
CV Joint just final reassembly

Lots of grease and a small fight with the joint to go back together, and we have a perfectly serviceable CV joint. In addition the redundant end of the new boot will make an excellent spare when needed in another 30 years.

Completed Aquadrive Cv joint repair, ready for re installation.
Completed Cv joint repair, ready for re installation.


So we now have a very happy customer whom we have saved more than €2500, and we are proud (again) to have Huseyn on our team.

Thanks Huseyin.

Engineer Huseyn, the Aquadrive CV joint master!
The best marine engineer is southern Turkey


Follow up.

This morning the Aquadrive CV joint was re installed, tested and all seems well.

Aquadrive reinstalled
Aquadrive reinstalled