The Galley

Cooking is something I am planning on doing much more of when we live aboard. At present I don’t seem to have enough hours in the day to be able to spend time preparing wonderful meals at home. I am looking forward to having much more time on my hands to be able to bake…

The Cockpit and Deck

The new production yachts have got very spacious cockpits and I love the fold out swim platform and twin wheels. We have chartered yachts before with one single wheel and they seemed to take up the whole stern of the yacht and you had to climb around the wheel to get to the stern, which…

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…