Join Date: Jul 2011
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Well my gaff cutter couldnt cut it...or more to the point she's a beautiful sail boat but simply too small (real length 24foot) and a bit of a pain for me as I'm 6'6 (she's only 5 foot headroom lol)..good news is that she was always a restoration and sell plan so no dramas there
But it seems I found the yacht that I always wanted..she's a Cumulant 31 (loa 31.5 feet and a traditional steel design by Van der Stadt and Van der Vlis)...she's got an older 18hp lister, a wind genny and some electronics and I'm buying the rest..one issue is that she's got a wooden mast and boom and whilst in decent condition not sure as to long term suitability...
So a few questions:
I have an aluminium mast from a 37 footer so thinking I could replace with that ..its slightly higher (and two spars rather than one) but broadly similar (spars in line etc)...would that be sufficient?
I also have the option of buying an aries wind vane from a 33 footer (tiller steered) so again hopefully that will be ok
Not sure about solar panels..I am thinking of one 80w panel..the yacht already has a wind gen..
Nav wise I intend to have 2 different hand held GPS systems (cheap ones to tell location etc), a boat gps, a laptop with built in gps receiver (one of those toughbooks) and backed up by charts and pilot books..thought about a plotter also but not sure if I can justify that against a good laptop setup...
I want to optimise power so lighting will be replaced with LEDs where ever possible to cut down on amperage..
Comms...not sure yet..was thinking about ssb transceiver...we'll defo have an ssb receiver and tie that to receive weather..but thought about a satellite phone for any comms (prices seem decent now) and a spot or a similar system..
Also found an autohelm st50 radar plus screen and cables for decent money so will be installing that...
We'll be insulating her and putting in a holding tank..her water tank is 140l and diesel is 90l so hopefully sufficient (we'll be taking some backups)
Plus will be installing safety net, life lines, more drains for the cockpit and make her as short hand setup as possible...
As to rest, found an autohelm radar (st 50), an aries wind vane, a towed watermaker...still looking for a solution to the cooking prob I have..its lpg and no probs but I'm trying to figure out a way to cook on diesel so that I dont have to have lpg onboard...
Also reading loads of blogs on what else we need..we're setting of in July this year at the latest and plan to hit Canaries around Nov/12....our cruising ground will be (after the Atlantic crossing) Central America, stay there for a year or so and then onto the Pacific.....
So if you have any suggestions please do suggest away on any improvements, things etc you have found useful on similar sized yachts or let me know what am I not thinking of