Monday, April 12, 2010

The Boat

The boat:
Jaftica is a sloop rigged, steel yacht based on a Bruce Roberts design for a 36 footer. She was stretched out to 39 feet when built in 1998 in Pictou, Nova Scotia. The beam is 12 feet and the shoal keel has a depth of 5 1/2 feet.
This yacht has a pilot house containing a helm station and a dining/navigation benches and table. Steering and propulsion systems are hydraulic with autopilot and variable pitch propeller.
There are two cabins - one fore and aft, two heads and a galley. The interior is finished in Nova Scotia hemlock and has 6'2" headroom throughout.
The yacht is fitted with the latest safety and communication equipment required for off-shore voyages - including radar, EPIRB, GPS, VHF/MF/HF radio communications and a SOLAS style 4 man inflatable lifeboat.
All sail handing lines are controlled from the aft helm station. The jib is self tacking - making sail handling even easier.
Jaftica has a 40 hp Perkins diesel engine that is used mainly when entering or departing a harbour. Batteries are charged with a wind generator and solar panel.
A 10' inflatable zodiac style dinghy is carried off the stern on davits. The dingy has a 9.9 hp outboard engine and a set of oars.

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