Back in September I introduced myself to this forum. Then we'd just bought a Moody 471 with plans to circumnavigate starting in Spring 2007.
I promised updates from time to time, so here's the first.
Fitting out is going well, however I can readily subscribe to the maxim that you must double your estimates of cost and time!
The boat (Solent Venture) has already been around the world twice and she underwent a major refit
in 1999. Since then boat electronics
have moved ahead and so have regulations
. We've had a holding tank
for black water
fitted to comply with regulations
in various parts
of the world. The old Raymarine
RL70 chart plotter and B&G Hornet 4 has been replaced with new Raymarine
kit. Electrics have been overhauled by me and a new fuel
filtering arrangement using twin switchable filters has been installed to replace the single
filter. This now means that we have one filter each for the diesel
Gennerator and main engine
or we can run both through one filter in the event of a blockage.
New steering cables
have been installed, a major job as they run under the fuel tank
in the aft cabin
(we have a centre cockpit). It's good to see parts
of the boat that were last seen when she was built. Fortunately the boat is ashore in Hamble Point marina near Southampton
in the UK, this is less than a mile from where she was build by Moody's at Swanwick. Several of the people we have working on the boat are ex employees of Moody's so have first hand knowledge. Two even had a hand in building her!
have been washed an overhauled. A new wind
powered electric generator
has been fitted. All new Blakes seacocks have been fitted. New rudder
bearings have been fitted etc. etc.
I've managed to pass the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore
practical exam which now gives me the ICC
which is recognised worldwide. I've also just passed the Long Range radio
exam so can now legally operate our SSB
and Sat C installations. A course on sea surval follows for my wife and I in May.
Launching is set for April 28th so we'll then see if she floats!
In June we move to Falmouth in Cornwall via the Channel Islands then in August we're off to southern Portugal
. We're not going to rush and have set aside 6 weeks for the cruise
so will have chance to explore Brittany, the coast of western France
and the Rias of northern Spain
. The plan is to lay up in the Algarve until March 2007 when we set off to cruise
the Med. for the summer.
Another update will follow probably after the cruise to Portugal.
Fair winds to you all
Colin & Jane
A poor pic of Solent Venture attached