Ocean Child:

Gear List:

Overview:
There are two notable gaps in the boat's current gear. It has only one autopilot, an electric unit. Many cruising yachts rely principally on windvane steering during ocean passages. Ocean Child has not been set up with such a device. The Fleming unit, made in Australia, and the Windpilot unit (I understand made in Germany) have good reputations, and in the long term I may fit such a machine if I can do it in a way which will still allow me to use the dinghy davits at the stern. I would like to hear from anyone who has successfully made such an arrangement. The other notable gap is that we have no radar. Otherwise the gear list is typical for a cruising yacht in the 10 -12 m size range.

Engine: an old  but reliable Yanmar 3QM30(H) 30 hp diesel. Modern diesel engines are more efficient and less noisy, but the old Yanmar has a reputation for reliability, and parts are still available even though the engine is was built in 1980. We do not carry a Genset. The boat has a house battery and an engine battery. Ultimately I will replace the house battery with Li-ion.
We carry 380 L of water and 210 L of diesel fuel - enough fuel to take us about 350 nm. 

The boat has solar panels (max 18amp) and an Eclectic Energy D400 wind generator.

HF Radio: Icom IC706 MkII, with a Pactor II usb modem. 

VHF radio: Standard Horizon GX2000, also a small portable Icom handheld VHF radio.

Satellite phone: Iridium 9575.

AIS: Vesper Marine "Vision" transponder XB9000.

Autopilot: Coursemaster CM950.

Tender: Mercury Quicksilver 2.4 m RIB, with a Honda 2.3 HP four-stroke outboard.

Sail rig: Bermuda sloop (only one headsail). Sail kit: Genoa No.1, Genoa No.2, storm jib, mainsail with three reefing points (all reefing is done from the mast, not from the cockpit).

Anchor: CQR 60 lb. with 60 m of 10mm chain and 30 m of rode. Spare: CQR 35 lb, 20 m of chain.

GPS: Navman Tracker500.  Depth sounder: Navman Fish400 (these are both over 15yo but working well). A Simrad IS20 wind meter, fitted 2013.

Chartplotter: none - I use a PC running OpenCPN with 2010 CM93 charts. We carry a handheld Garmin GPS unit as a compass backup, and this also serves as a barometer. We have a Davies plastic sextant, although I must confess I don't know how to use it (yet).

Galley: a small vertical fridge with no effective freezer. a 3-burner LPG (propane) stove and a small oven. The boat comfortably supports four persons for one week without re-supply. For a two-week trip with three persons, we will need to conserve freshwater from the tanks (and take extra drinking water in plastic cartons). For the second week we will need to rely heavily on dried and tinned food, as there is very little ability to carry frozen food. 

The boat does not have 'shore power' and so everything runs on a large 12volt battery called the house battery. A smaller battery is dedicated to the engine starter motor. The house battery, in theory, can supply up to 100 amp-hours before needing recharge. Recharge is effected via the engine's alternator, solar panels, or the wind generator.

Safety: a four-person liferaft with its own EPIRB. A second EPIRB onboard the boat. Flares, a radar reflector, PFDs (lifejackets) for all crew. Two harnesses and associated jacklines. Two fire blankets and two fire extinguishers. A drogue for use in storms to slow the boat down (home-made, modelled roughly on the well-known GaleRider). 

The boat has a manual toilet and does have a 'hot' shower, heated by the engine - however showering on a boat is a waste of freshwater, so it is not often used. A small diesel space heater is fitted, but it is not a marinised unit so it can only be used when the boat is on an even keel.

Modification to Eclectic Energy D400 wind generator

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