OCEAN WANDERER by Dick Zaal
Based on Contest, the Ocean Wanderer (45 ft) was built in 2009 to exacting standards under the supervision of marine architect Dick Zaal. Built and designed for ocean passage with extra strong hull, constructed with mahogany core sheathed in high modulus fibers as well as aramid and with teak decks. Yanmar 110hp diesel engine, bow thruster, cabin heating, solar panels, wind generator, watermaker. Classic rig with Lewmar winches, spinnaker poles, selection of sails. Sleeps 4 in 2 double cabins, both en-suite. Kitted out for a circumnavigation which had to be canceled, so ideal for long distance cruising.
Currently in Marmaris – Turkey.
CONSTRUCTION Centre cockpit with spacious deck area and well thought out accommodation. Round bilge wooden strip planking hull was firstly built on template frames and vacuum sheathed in and out with 13 coats of Aramid and high modulus fibres using epoxy resin. The thickness of the wooden core is 27mm and the total hull thickness together with sheating is a minimum of 45mm on the topsides, increasing to 120mm at the stem. The finishing top coat is in International Oyster white colour paint over epoxy fillet. With her 6.2T of ballast and round hull shape the boat has a Positive Stability of 150 degrees, much better than most on the market. Despite this heavy construction, the boat still has excellent performance, even in light winds. 50mm thick deck with PVC foam core for excellent insulation. min.2m headroom in saloon and cabins, very light interior. Easy access walk-in engine room. Teak decks and teak interior joinery. Bathing platform with teak grating. Lewmar deck hardware. Goiot hatches and ports. 4 traditional hatches, 13 x opening port holes and 6 fixed port lights.
MECHANICALS Yanmar 4JH4HTE 110hp diesel engine. Engine hours of 1,800 as of August 2015. Cruising under power at approximately 7 knots, maximum of 9.5 knots, depending on sea conditions. Fuel consumption, approximately 5 litres per hour, giving a range of around 1,200 nm. Steering with Solimar (Italian) wire in conduit. Webasto cabin heating. Side Power 6kw bow thruster.
TANKAGE: Fuel capacity of 900 litres 65 litres day fuel tank Water capacity of 750 litres Drinking water tank of 80 litres Holding tanks of 180 litres
ELECTRICS: 12/220v electrical systems Quick 80a (220/110v) battery charger 5 x 130w solar panels Air Breeze wind generator 3,000w inverter Trojan batteries – total of 1,250ah Balmar double alternator smart charger regulator Shore power with cable
WATER: Hot and cold pressurised water system 12v Katadyn water maker Deck wash pump
RIGGING/SPARS Keel stepped Z-Spar mast with tangs. Lazy bag and lazy jacks. Spinnaker pole, mast stowed.
WINCHES: 2 x Lewmar 58 electric primary winches 2 x Lewmar 46 secondary winches 1 x Lewmar 46 electric halyard winch 2 x Lewmar 40 winches 1 x Lewmar 46 winch
SAILS: Main – Fully battened with cars – 48m2 – Jeckells 2009 Genoa – 70m2 – Hyde 2009 Staysail – 20m2 – Hyde 2009 Asymmetric spinnaker – 140m2 – Elvström with sock, little used
ACCOMMODATION Sleeps 4 in 2 cabins, both en-suite. Master cabin aft with central double, bathroom with WC, hand basin and shower. Guest cabin forward with double into the “V”, with WC, hand basin and shower. Spacious saloon with seating to port and starboard with central folding table, cream upholstery. “U” shaped galley aft to port and navigation station to starboard. Up companionway steps to centre cockpit with teak topped seating/lockers. Aft deck with room to sunbath and relax. Davits at stern, with transom gate to bathing platform with teak grating.
NAVIGATION: Raytheon log, speed and depth Riviera compass Icom VHF radio Garmin GPS Raytheon 80C radar Raytheon 6002 autopilot Raytheon chart plotter Target Navtex Raytheon wind instruments Icom M700 Pro SSB Pactor 4 Modem AIS AIS sart
DOMESTIC: Corian work tops in galley and heads 2-burner Eno cooker Vitrifrigo refrigerator Freezer (fridge engine driven compressor) Soba washing machine Bosch dishwasher Twin stainless steel sinks with mixer tap Drinking water tap Salt water tap
ENTERTAINMENT: JVC TV 12V Sony DVD/MP3 Player Dolby Digital LG Speakers, two in the saloon, one in the cockpit
SAFETY: EPIRB Eurovinyl Ocean Type liferaft, serviced 2014 5 x fire extinguishers 6 x life jackets Various flares Horseshoe life ring Lifesling Danbuoy Fenders(10) Ropes of various sizes
GENERAL: Quick 1,500w electric windlass, controls at deck and cockpit 100m of 10mm stainless steel chain 35kg Ultra anchor 9kg Fortress anchor Joker 2.5m dinghy Mercury 3.3hp outboard engine Sprayhood Sun awning Bimini Dodgers Folding Cockpit table Swimming/boarding ladder Tender lift/hoist
and LOTS of SPARES…
Sailing VEGA; this special design liveaboard cutter sailboat, is truly a joy. She is designed for ocean crossing hence she handles light winds and storms equally well. Her sail plan is that of a “cutter” meaning she has one centrally located tall main mast forward and two headsails. The forward-most sail, the jib, is carried by the forestay which goes from the top of the main mast to the bowsprit. The next sail aft is the staysail. The mainsail is carried by the main mast and the main boom.
The jib and staysail have roller reefing controlled from the cockpit. The mainsail has three sets of reefing points of which two are controlled with a single line from the cockpit.
In winds of Force 8 or more, she sails nicely with only reefed jib. It is also possible to sail her with only a reefed main since the center of effort (CLE) of the main sail is almost directly over her Center of Lateral Resistance (CLR). She sails well in light winds and even has a spinnaker which is almost new. The main mast carries a spinnaker pole.
Motoring is something that one only reluctantly does on this liveaboard cutter sailboat but is sometimes useful. Motoring is absolutely necessary when entering or leaving port and when winds are unfavorable.
VEGA is equipped with a Yanmar® diesel engine that drives her at a comfortable 7 knots at 2100 rpm. When she is full of fuel she has a range of 1200 nm, more than enough to permit her to motor almost the entire length of the Mediterranean. Throttle and gear-shift are in the cockpit, just forward of the wheel.
Here follows my thoughts about the wonderful, care-free, cruising life-style in the Mediterranean and lately the Atlantic based on my experiences since May of 2009 when I had VEGA built and brought her in Marmaris, Turkey. I spent five years cruising in the Eastern Med. In June 2014, we left Marmaris going west; the Greek islands in the Aegean, Athens, Corinth Canal, Kefalonia, Ionian Sea, Sicily, Pantelleria Island, Tunisia, Sardegna, Balearic Islands, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco and the Canary Islands after three full days in the Atlantic Ocean…
The spring and the fall are great in the Med. This is the time when most yachties leave port to explore far off places. Some return to their home port for the winter, some do not.
July and August can be hot, but the water is warm when swimming in it and cool, once on deck. I have not installed air-conditioning but, there is plenty of space if you would like to install one. The air vents have kept me comfortable so far. Those who dislike the heat head north.
September and October are our favorite cruising month. The kids are back in school so the ancient sites are not crowded. The water is still warm enough for swimming and the nights are cool for sleeping. The sea side restaurants are still open and not crowded.
From November until April, there are lots of excursions and social activities, specially at Marmaris Yacht Marina which has the biggest live aboard community in Turkey. Marmaris is a cultural center and has visiting orchestras, ballets and other shows. To be sure there are live aboard communities elsewhere such as Kemer, Bodrum, Antalya, and Kusadasi in Turkey and on the Greek island of Kos, but all are smaller than that of Marmaris.
In the Canary Islands, it is like permanent spring with the temperature ranging from 18°C in the winter to 24°C in the summer.