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Please meet Sailing Vessel Oroboro

As we got on the docks at Cape Grace marina and we saw Oroboro for the fist time, we were just ecstatic!  It looked more beautiful than we ever dreamt of.

Naval architects Alexander Simonis and Maarten Voogd have done an excellent job in optimizing space, setting a new standard for cruising catamarans. The innovative layout makes the interior space feel like a larger yacht.  As soon as you step in the saloon it’s hard to believe that this is “only” a 40 foot.  Compared to a same length catamaran of only a few years ago, it feels so much bigger.

On the outside, the deck is uncluttered with flush hatches and well positioned grab handles. The raised helm station has great visibility and with two electric winches and all lines coming right at the helm, it is very easy to sail this boat short-handed. Every aspect of this yacht is meticulously designed for comfort, safety, and blue water cruising.  We are impressed with the finishes and the attention to details.  South Africans know how to build boats!

During the sea trail I was impressed of how well it sails, making a SOG (Speed Over Ground) of 6.4 knots in 10 knots of True Wind, close hauled point of sail. The square main top looks stunning.  It’s easy to hoist thanks to the electric which at the helm station and has an innovative reefing systems that allows you to reef without having to go to the mast.  The genoa is also very easy to hoist and furl, with all the lines right by the helm.

Now the fun part begins: we have a lot of systems that we need to install:

  1. Battery charger/Inverter (Victron 3KW MultiPlus)

  2. Smart battery monitor (Victron MV-712)

  3. Battery control unit (Victron Venus GX)

  4. Alternator to battery charger (Sterling)

  5. Water Maker (Spectra Newport 400)

  6. AirCon (Dometic 12000 BTU)

  7. Rigid and flexible solar panels (SunPower)

  8. Solar panel controllers (Victron PWM and MPPT)

  9. Custom stainless steel structure for rigid solar panels

  10. Helm and cockpit enclosure (North Sail)

  11. Some extra cabinets in the galley

  12. Stand up blocks on the bow  for the Parasailor (Harken)

  13. New anchor (Spade 35kg)

I’ll write a series of posts in the future on each one of these systems to explain what they are and why you need them.

It will take up to three weeks to get most of this work done.  The stainless steel structure and enclosure canvas will take even a few more weeks.  By mid October we should be able to start daily sailings to test the boat.  Maybe even spend a few nights at anchor in Langebaan.

Stay tuned.

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