"Daughter of the Water".
Oh, how we looked through the Brokers' ads, scoured the Internet and travelled all over Australia looking for the perfect yacht.
So now, let us introduce you to "Hinewai"
The choice of yacht has been crucial in planning Ocean Odyssey and in January 2000, we started researching and reviewing the range of yachts available in Australia and within our budget.
Over the next two years, we inspected over 50 yachts across Australia.
The key criteria were strength, safety and ease of handling -- and in Hinewai, these criteria have been met.
Launched in 1985, her sturdy construction was by far the best seen and her simple layout will allow a refit to meet our requirements.
Built of steel in New Zealand by shipbuilding professional, Paul Hazelwood, she is based upon the proven Roberts Mauritius design with a strengthened keel for coral cruising.
Hinewai is 44 feet (13.5 m) long, has a beam of almost 14 feet (4.3m) with centre cockpit and pilothouse.
She has a ketch rig with Slab Reefing Main, removable Inner Forestay and Furling Headsail. The deck layout is set-up for two-handed sailing with four Australian built Arco 52/57 self-tailing winches.
The engine is 78hp Turbo Diesel with 500 litre bunkers. Electrical power is 12V from 4 x 255 amp hour Lifeline AGM batteries with separate starting battery.
Power is generated from the engine, solar panels and wind generator.
Radios are HF/SSB and VHF; there is full instrumentation - an E120 Chartplotter with 24 mile Radar, depth sounder etc, plus an Aires windvane auto steering system.
All safety gear for offshore sailing is fitted, with 8 person life raft, life rings, danbouys and, of course, EPIRBS.
Down below there is an extraordinary 7 feet of headroom with forward and aft cabins, plus pilot berth in the spacious saloon.
Hot and cold pressurised water from 600 litre tanks supply galley and separate head/shower.
Cooking is with an LPG stove /oven with food stored in the in-built fridge.
This was our canvas. Over the last three years, we have replaced all the sails and added to our sail inventory, replaced both main and mizzen booms, installed hydraulic steering as our primary, installed water bladders in our tanks and replumbed the big girl throughout, replaced all the insulation, rewired and re-instrumented her, installing a separate 240V domestic and shore power system, additional batteries and inverter.
Then, there was the freezer/refrigerator and installing the refrigeration, plumbing in the holding tank and fitting the watermaker. And we were done.
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