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Last update: 26 Jan 2021
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9-2020 SV Claire de Lune
This note is to post a positive comment about and the highest recommendation for Christian Lloyd. Christian was hired by me to help with a number of engine issues. They included oil leaks, fuel leaks, alternator belt issues, exhaust plumbing, and general engine room chaos.He worked on my list for a week, fixed everything, was always prompt, communicated his opinions on how everything should go, and was thoroughly professional. He brought his own tools, was careful about the rest of the boat, and will be invited back as the future demands. Should you need help with mechanical, electrical, rigging, painting, or fiberglass repairs, Christian should be your first call. He is anchored off marina Taina on s/v ManaKai and monitors channel 72..
6-2020 SV Solecito
Mechanical - changed impellers, fuel lines, filters etc, recommended new corroded injecter lines and installed them, had several pumps rebuilt, fuel injectors serviced, install electronic fuel pump, added all fuel lines (return lines vents etc) and switches for new secondary fuel tank along with a fuel gauge for the engine panel, replaced virtually all hoses on the engine, mechanical kill/pull switch for the engine, hour meter for the engine, a visual temperature gauge to go along with the "red light /alarm provided in the Yanmar control panel and various other items I don't remember.
Electrical - Xantrex LinkPro battery monitoring system, Solar power panels and solar battery regulator, Balmar alternator and Max Charge MC-612 Regulator, wire a remote control for my Lewmar windlass. He recommended enhancements like a "kill" switch for the alternator which helped divert more hp to my smaller Yanmar during times of need and other improvements to enhance the overall motoring or sailing experience which I was either unaware of or not sure about how to achieve. Designed, wired and install new house and starter battery banks and labeled all wires (he labeled the wires without being asked which is so helpful and often times rarely done by many "professionals"). He ran and installed new wiring for interior lights and courtesy coxpit lights, recommended and installed all the incandescent bulbs for LED bulbs for all lights on my boat, LED spreader deck lights, new tri mast light plus installed and wired various fans. Cleaned up and bundled the rat nest of wires leading to my electrical panel and installed various buses which the previous owner had "jerry rigged", replaced blown LED indicator lights on the electrical panel, installed bilge pumps wired and plumbed them with thur hulls in my almas, installed electromagnetic sensors for float switches for some of the vessels bilge pumps where the float switches had failed repeatedly and recommended replacing cheap bilge hoses for approximate designed hoses which would not fail. My Raymarine instruments were not working properly and there were issues with previous installation. Christian rewired the units and properly sealed them and made modifications to the custom instrument box to prevent moisture and future corrosion. He also recalibrated the units.
Fiberglassing - Christian noticed a few soft spots in my deck while installing new deck fuel fill caps and recommended additional stringers below deck which he did.
Plumbing - installed a new fresh and salt water systems and hoses for new water and fuel tanks. Installed a fresh water deck hose attachment for deck rinse, a fresh water shower hose and a manual high volume bilge pump in cockpit. He also over saw the building and did the installation of the aluminum fuel and water tanks. During this process Christian pointed out poor welds by the fabricator and had them rewelded. Me not knowing much about welds had not noticed this important detail.
Rigging - Christian also noticed errors in my rigging and redid various aspects of my rigging (which had previously been done by a " professional rigger" who had made do with what he was at hand but not done "by the book" and did not make the effort to recommend the proper parts or work.
1-24-20 Kevin YS Nuku Hiva
I have a referral I’d like to propose for your services guide on your website. His Name is Christian Lloyd, he does mostly mechanical and electrical work. He is British, he and his wife live on their Trimaran Mana Kai in the bay off Marina Taina.
They were here in Nuku Hiva for some time and we did some work together of which I was very pleased with the results. I recommend him highly.
7-2020 SV Manatee
I am writing to give my strongest recommendations for John Christian Lloyd for his excellent work on diesel mechanics, rigging and electric repairs.