Helloooooo to all.
I am an Australian guy trying to live on Mother Earth without killing her. Come on people, our poor earth is on its last breath and yet we still are going on the same path.
I tried to fit into society. I got educated and 2 degrees later I was even more disillusioned. I worked and had a family but I was not on the right path. So I bought a yacht big enough to take me and my family around the world. I wanted to show them the real world, not the artificial world that we have created that teaches us to consume more, more and MORE! Unfortunately, it did not work out with my partner. Sad.
I think we all must ask ourselves a very simple question, how much do we really need? And then, here’s the trick, we must be really honest in answering that question. When I first bought the boat it had a lot of stuff in it that just had to go. I removed the 2 air conditioners, the generator, the fridge, the freezer, the oven and the microwave. I didn’t need them. I needed a safe home, a place to sleep, a place to prepare food and eat and that’s about it.
When it comes to eating there are 2 ways of looking at it. You can eat to live or live to eat. I am in the former camp. It’s minimal and simple. I try to buy as little as possible when shopping and when I am hungry I catch it, usually by spearing it. If I can gather food on the way then even better.
So I am sailing wherever the wind takes me. Crew come and go and so do my children. I live off the land where I can and try to keep my footprint as small as possible. I tend to go to ‘out of the way’ places and have seen some amazing things so if you like a bit of adventure then follow me.
The boat and some discussion
“Long Reef” is a 42 foot Crowther catamaran model 42 226A. Long Reef is the original name and it has had only 1 previous owner. To my knowledge there has only ever been 3 built according to the 226A model.
It has 2 diesel 27Hp Yanmars with 2 blade folding Gori propellors. It has one 400L tank although I rarely fill it more than half full. At 2000 rpm it does 5.2knots.
I only have one single 400L stainless steel water tank but have done 5 weeks with 3 people at sea although we did have a small amount of rain that added to the tanks in the middle of the trip. You have to be water wise on my boat. There are 16 square metres of water collection area and this goes straight into the tanks.
Long Reef’s entire weight approaches 9.5t when we leave port, which I think is too heavy for its design. It is not entirely my fault since it is a strongly built boat which makes it heavy before I even put any of my gear or food on board. But, as all yachties know, I could always get rid of something to make it lighter.
Construction, fibreglass composite 25mm high density foam core with fibreglass skins. Exterior 768g/m2 tri-axial fabric. Interior is the same but with an additional layer of 300g/m2 kevlar. It was vacuum bagged during its production. I like to think of it has having a tight fitting inner bullet proof vest.
The mast stands about 21m above the water which is great in light winds with all available sail up. I am always surprised at how we manage to do 5 or 6 knots in very little wind. However, once the wind is up to 30 knots it is difficult to slow her down and it can be scary. Really scary! I once was speaking with a very tough and well traveled yacht owner who told me he has only ever been scared once in his life and that was in 40 knots of wind on a catamaran that was literally flying. Whenever the wind gets above 30 knots I think of that man and sail as conservative as I can.
The biggest compromise I made when buying the boat concerned the bridgedeck clearance. Long Reef’s clearance is 760mm in the middle going down to about 550 where the main bedrooms are. I would have much preferred 760mm the whole way or even greater clearance. The problem is ameliorated somewhat by the design. The bows are splayed out so once the speed is up it tends to ride “high” so the banging is less. Still, I would have preferred higher clearance but I fell in love with the boat the instant I saw her and there’s not much you can do about that.