Sailing Yacht SEA BUNNY

Deck equipment and tenders

Sea Bunny carries two tenders, a small RIB and a rigid dinghy, capable of setting a single sail

Deck equipment

Deck

Teak decks throughout replaced in 2009,

Stainless steel pulpit extension, cleats, pushpit, gantry and access to guard rail gates 2009.

Stainless safety frames at mast base 2001, modified 2009

Davits and mountings for antennas, wind generators and solar panels 2009

Stainless steel & teak bathing platform 2001, with hot & cold shower in deck box 2012

Teak plank for use as passerelle when berthed stern-to (kept below)

Cockpit table 2009.

Ground tackle

Lofrans electric anchor windlass (2008), motor 2014 with veer and haul foot controls

Pressurised anchor/deck wash

45lb CQR anchor mounted in bow roller, with 60 m 10 mm chain in anchor well snubber

Large Danforth anchor with chain and warp

19 lb Fortress anchor 2001

14 lb Fortress kedge with 10m 8 mm chain and 50 m warp 2001

60 m additional 10 mm chain, stored in bilge

60 m 18mm nylon octoplait anchor warp 2001

Self steering

Aries demountable wind vane complete with spares

Anchor well,

sealed from accommodation and with drain to outside containing:

 main anchor chain

3 x 5 kg LPG aluminium bottles (2003, tested 2016) with new valves 2016

Changeover system for 2 LPG bottles

LPG regulator 2016

Cockpit locker

Lazarette

Other

Boat hook

Fenders and various mooring lines, warps and sheets

Hose pipe

Tenders

Small Avon RIB (2009)

Walker Bay 8' rigid inflatable dinghy with sailing kit (2007)

PVC inflatables have proved to be unsuitable for use in humid tropical areas such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The factory bonded main seams survive but the adhesives used to attach the tubes to other parts, attachments and particularly for repairs do not last.

We set off with a Bombard RIB and a Compass inflatable dinghy, both PVC. In Australia we bought a Walker Bay Rigid Inflatable Dinghy and were able to sell the Compass. The PVC Bombard started to disintegrate in Australia and was replaced by a similar Avon with Hypalon tubes, shipped out from the UK. Simarly the original PVC flotation tube for the Walker Bay was replaced in 2015 with a Hypalon tube.

Either tender can be carried, with outboard attached, on the davits when coastal cruising. On long passages, or when not on the davits they are stowed as folllows:

Avon: folded, bagged and strapped down on deck between the mast and cockpit

Walker Bay: inverted in chocks on foredeck, bolted down.

Garmin portable fishfinder (2012) can be used in either tender

Outboard motors

3.5 HP Tohatsu 2-stroke outboard motor (2013), can be used with either tender

9.8 HP Tohatsu 2-stroke outboard motor (2011), used with the Avon tender

Outboards stow on teak pads on guardrails when not on tenders

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Updated on passage Cape Town to St Helena 27 March 2016

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