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Boat Equipment List

by Adrian 11th Sep 2015 - details

This is the start of a complete boat equipment list and inventory.

I’ll tidy it up later, but I think this captures most of the equipment onboard. Needless to say Vagaris is probably one of the best equipped Allures yachts out there.

This equipment list is in addition to the standard factory setup. Support for major items (water maker sea cocks, generator fittings etc) was pre-installed by the factory.

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Lifting keel paradise

by Adrian 5th Apr 2015 - Caribbean
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If there’s one place you need a lifting keel yacht its in the Bahamas…

We’ve been here for about three weeks sailing up through the island chain towards our eventual mainland US landfall. 

Mile upon mile of uniformly flat sub 3m depths across large banks between islands has been a completely new sailing experience. It’s a bit nerve wracking, but the Forward Looking Sonar and good weather (and light) have been invaluable.

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Up the mast again…

by Adrian 26th Mar 2015 - Caribbean

At long last we’ve reached the Bahamas and I’ve been able to head up the mast to take the photos I’ve been waiting for.

To make it even better we met another Allures 45 in the Turks and Caicos heading our way so have been sailing with them for the last few days.  

This photo was taken with the GoPro whilst anchored in 2m of water just off the northern coast or West Caicos.

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Ultrasonic Antifouling – worth it or not?

by Adrian 1st Mar 2015 - Caribbean
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We’ve had our ultrasonic antifouling installed and working for a year and a half now and the big question I’m asked is “is it any good, does it work?”

It’s a bit hard objectively gauging performance when we’ve been in very different waters and have travelled so much, but I would say it is helping and is making a difference.

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Engage overdrive…

by Adrian 31st Jan 2015 - Caribbean

We’re heading west for the first time in 3 months as we cross from Antigu to St Kitts. It’s a calm day here in the Caribbean with just 5 knots of wind behind us so we’ve engaged the iron sail and are motoring along steadily at 7 knots.

PropIn the world of modern folding propellers, I’m really pleased with the choice we made when fitting out our boat.

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Roaming Solar

by Adrian 24th Jan 2015 - equipment

We’re currently in the Caribbean roaming the seas in a very self sufficient manner. We are making our own water, generating our own electricity, shopping locally and living quite cheaply and well. (We’ll all be reading the Guardian , not washing and wearing dreads soon if we carry on like this!)

(not much chance of that)

Coachroof Solar PanelsOne little modification I made before leaving Las Palmas which is helping considerably was replacing the two 65W factory supplied solar panels built into either side of the coachroof with more efficient 100W mono-crystalline ones.

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SSB installation

by Adrian 23rd Jan 2015 - equipment
SSB Installation

An SSB installation is not easy, and is probably the area of boat technology that is most susceptible to hard-to-diagnose performance issues caused by poor installation. There aren’t that many people out there with real SSB installation knowledge, especially on aluminium yachts, so I’ve read around, talked to lots of people and have tried to become an expert and understand the principles and recommendations of SSB installation, and most of my thoughts and understanding is here.

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Movie Night

by Adrian 17th Jan 2015 - Caribbean
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One of the things we get asked quite often from non sailors about our lifestyle and living on a boat is “what do you do about TV?”

Well, we do have a TV tuner – its a digital tuner connected to an antenna at the top of the mast that receives terrestrial TV signals from any country we’re in and streams them over Wifi to an iPad or laptop.

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ARC 2014 Preparations

by Adrian 15th Nov 2014 - equipment
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I’ve been back at the boat for just under two weeks now and we have one week to go before we’re scheduled to leave.

Its been a very busy time, packed full with preparations for ocean sailing, safety work, boat jobs and provisioning. We’ve prepared the boat and passed the ARC safety inspection and I’ve ticked off a number of major projects I’ve been meaning to do for a long while.

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TTFN to our crew…

by Jax 2nd Sep 2014 - equipment

Last night we said ‘hasta la vista’ to our crew, but not before Steve the expert diver volunteered (was coerced?!) into donning Adrian’s wetsuit (which I think he’s had since he was at college!) and jumping into the marina to have a quick look under the boat.

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The point of this exercise was to check the hull was clean which it should be if the ultrasonic anti-fouling is being effective.

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