The Hull

Further to my post about wanting to sail through the French Canals, I had better start making a list of the things we require in regards to the hull of our future yacht. Maximum draft of less than 1.8m to take it through the French Canals. Many of the yachts we have researched so far…

Anchoring & Mooring

We bought a new Rocna anchor to replace the seized up old Danforth anchor on Wildwood for our trip up to the Marlborough Sounds. My friend Jared recommended it and after doing some research and hearing nothing but good things, I decided to splash out the NZD$500 to buy a 10kg anchor and a further…

Rig, Sails, Sheets and Halyards

Obviously our sails will be our main form of propulsion, and as we intend to do some long distances and ocean passages, the sail set up will be important and if it can be easily sailed short handed. Here are some things I will be looking for on the new yacht: Conventional mainsail – that…

Tory Channel

Electrical Systems & Power Possibilities

Andrew read in a book I bought him that we needed to work out a ‘power budget’ to figure out how much power we were going to need to run the various things on board. You can then work out what the best way is of producing that power Here are the things that will…

Engine

Wildwood currently has a 12hp motor, which chugged away happily at about 5kts for 36 hours up and down the coast when we went up to the Sounds (about 180NM ish) with no wind. There were times I was worried what would happen if for some reason it stopped working. I have had all sorts…

Wildwood

Wildwood is my current yacht. I have had her for 11 years, and love sailing her around Lyttelton Harbour, Banks Peninsula and more recently up the Coast to the Marlborough Sounds. She is an excellent cruiser/racer yacht and she is perfect for the kind of sailing that I am doing at the moment. Type of…