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…

The Lazarette & Storage

We have decided that if we are going to be living aboard, then a 2 cabin layout with a lazarette is going to be a better option for us than a 3 cabin version. This way we would hopefully have storage space for all the things we are going to bring on board. It is…

Yacht Budget

As I think of things that come along, I will add them in here as the initial yacht set up costs. Prices below are in NZD$ Yacht Purchase Price                       $TBA Life Raft                        …

Heating

I have been researching boat heaters today. Coming from the South Island of New Zealand, I know only too well what it is like to be cold, and we would like to be able to do some sailing in cold places, and wintering over here and there, I think that a heater might be a…

Tidy Tools

We have just bought two bright yellow tool kits from Bunnings. Andrew’s very heavy metal tool box wasn’t easy to carry or super practical to take on the boat. Wildwood has got a little plastic box with all her tools on board, but we wanted to start to get organised for what we will need…

Spares and Repairs

I admit it – I have got an addiction to little plastic containers! Particularly these Sistema ones in the featured image. They are great quality plastic and have an airtight seal-able lid. I love them and I have recently categorised my box of spare bits and bobs in these handy containers – and I have…

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…