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Új hajónk, Ventoso

(Minden oldalunkon, ha homályos a fotó, akkor zoomoljatok ki kicsit, mert úgy adja az általam tervezett valódi nézetet.)

2017. március, Grenada a Karib-tengeren

A következő fotókat Dénes még márciusban készítette, amikor megnézte a hajót. Nincs mindenről, pl. hiányzik az orrkabin, ahol a tulajék aludtak.

Ezek a fotók a tulaj hirdetéséből:

A tulajdonos leírása a hajóról, egyelőre angolul:

Beautiful long keeled steel ocean cruiser. Sloop/cutter rig. Professionally built, excellent sailing qualities. Easily managed single handed.

Ventoso has been a much loved home for almost her entire life. Built in South Africa by a professional welder and engineer, he and his English wife launched in 1981 after which Ventoso was their home for the next 17 years. After leaving S Africa time was spent between Europe and the Caribbean until ill health overtook Tony while living in Portugal.The present skipper saw Ventoso in Funchal, Madeira where the Beckers were still living aboard . Sadly Tony realised he was no longer strong enough and the result was that in 1998 ownership was passed to the present skipper.

Ventoso is an elegant 45 ft long keeled steel sail boat with a strong rig and weighing in at 17 tons net. She sails well and is a comfortable ocean passage maker with wide side decks for passage deck work , a safe cockpit and convenient hand holds below for rough weather.

Our basic rig is a main sail (2 reefing points) with a roller reefing Yankee and hanked on cutter. There is a further forestay for hanked on sails eg sailing goose winged or for storm sail. The sail locker has a variety of extras including a cruising chute and light wind sail plus a storm sail and Genoa.

Our main anchor is a 75 lb CQR supplemented by three others for varying situations. There is hydraulic wheel steering with a tiller which can be fitted for emergencies. However our constant steering companion is our recently refurbished trusty Aries wind vane which has steered us many thousand miles in all but the lightest of conditions. The roomy deck accommodates a Walker dinghy with oars and an Avon inflatable. It is equipped with canvas work giving protection from the sun or rain whilst sailing or at anchor. In 2008 we installed a new Yanmar 54 hp engine now with 600 hours on the clock . This is easily accessible from the cockpit and from the saloon via the removable companionway steps.

Below deck the interior has been described as comfortable and homely! There is good standing head room . It was fitted out with wood from an old S African railway carriage and the main cabin has a large saloon table surrounded by seating. Behind the seating on either side of the saloon are two seagoing pilot berths with lee cloths. For sailing in colder climes there is a multi fuel heater. The floor throughout is Canadian maple. Under the saloon floor is an easily accessible diesel tank plus bilge compartments large enough to be able to hold items such as auxiliary water containers.

The galley has a Force 10 steel cooker and small electric fridge. The sink has a foot pump for fresh water and an electric pump for sea water. In the middle of the boat on the port side there is a double berth cabin and opposite on the starboard side is a workshop storage area and a small practical sea going toilet with good cupboard facilities.

Forward is a roomy cabin with two 6ft6 berths on either side with an infill giving conversion to a double . These berths also have lee cloths for passage making. This cabin gives access to the sail locker and anchor locker.

Ventoso has been home to liveaboards throughout her life and has storage areas throughout. We have lived and sailed on her for the last 16 years and have chosen to do so in an eco friendly way . Although she has two tanks able to hold a large quantity of diesel and although we had a new Yanmar engine professionally installed we prefer to sail . Batteries are charged by two Rutland wind generators and by solar panels and we keep electrical needs to a minimum. Such needs include a small fridge, VHF, GPS, anchor lift and lights. Ventoso has taken us to many destinations well off the beaten track far from back up services and we have therefore tried to follow the KISS philosophy of self sufficiency. This includes purpose made telescopic legs for supporting Ventoso for allowing work in area of tidal drying out.