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Building the Boat

Once the decision had been made to order the Hunter 49, the next step was to wade through the long list of standard equipment and options and decide on exactly what I wanted. For ease of handling and for sailing performance, among the things I ordered were: 

  • the deep keel;
  • the tall rig;
  • the vertical battened in-mast furling;
  • the self-tacking furling staysail;
  • the asymmetrical cruising spinnaker;
  • one electrical self-tailing winch;
  • and for safety, the spare rudder system;

For interior creature comfort and convenience, among the options I ordered were:

  • the three cabin layout with the workshop/office option in the starboard aft;
  • the Splendide washer/dryer;
  • the Quiet Flush heads;
  • the second top-loading freezer and second fridge; and
  • the leather interior upholstery.

When the boat arrived in Vancouver the first week of February 2007, I began adding or upgrading a number of other things, including:

  • a Raymarine E-Series chart plotter with an E120 in the cockpit and an E80 at the nav station;
  • a Raymarine 2kW radar dome on a Waltz swivel mast mount;
  • a SeaCAS AIS SafePassage 100 receiver;
  • a Rozendal Luneberg Tri-Lens radar reflector;
  • a Raymarine 7002 autopilot with remote controller;
  • a 40kg Rocna with 100m of 9.5mm hi-test chain as primary anchor;
  • demoting the 20kg Delta with 15m of 9.5mm hi-test chain and 80m of nylon to secondary anchor;
  • a Walker Bay FTD-310 Hypalon dinghy;
  • a Torqeedo Travel 801 rechargeable lithium-ion electric outboard;
  • a set of customized Ocean Marine davits;
  • a custom dodger and bimini with matching pedestal and dinghy/davit covers;
  • a 1225 aH house bank of 6v flooded cell batteries with Water Miser caps;
  • a Fischer-Panda 4kW DC generator with a starting battery and switching to charge all three battery banks;
  • a pair of Racor primary fuel filters with isolation switching to replace the single Racor;
  • an Espar hydronic interior heating system; and
  • forty-two folding nylon/glass-fibre MastSteps to the top of the mast.

I decided to have the canvas work, the generator, davits and the electronics installed in Vancouver, rather than at the factory in Florida, to give me more control over their design and placement. The fit-out took just over five months, and I took possession of Sequitur on 4 July 2007. 

Then with more than a year-and-a-half cruising the local waters, we had plenty of time to determine what needed to be added or modified. During this time I also kept track of the ongoing technological advancements in such things as watermakers, communications equipment and alternate power, and by early 2009, we were ready to begin Sequitur's final fit-out. On 2 March, among equipment additions, installations and modifications we initiated were:

  • a telescoping whisker pole, track-mounted on the mast.
  • a Spectra Newport II watermaker;
  • a stainless steel arch above the after end of the cockpit to help carry the solar and wind systems;
  • a 522 Watt array of Kyocera solar panels and a Blue Sky charge controller;
  • an Eclectic Energy D400 wind generator with any excess power diverted to the hot water heater;
  • a Magnum 2800 Watt pure sine wave inverter, keeping the Xantrex 2500 modified wave as a spare;
  • an HF antenna from the new arch to the masthead;
  • an Icom 802 SSB radio with an AT140 tuner;
  • a Pactor II/III usb modem;
  • an Icom 604 to upgrade the existing VHF;
  • an Iridium satellite telephone;
  • an Ocens Weather Pack with WeatherNet, MetMapper and Grib Explorer;
  • an EchoPilot Platinum forward-looking sonar feeding to the chart plotters;
  • a Raymarine AIS5000 Class B Transceiver;
  • a Hydrovane wind steering unit;
  • a Fortress FX-37 as a third anchor;
  • a 180 metre spool of 19mm nylon line;
  • two rail-mounted 90 metre spools of 13mm polypropylene for stern ties;
  • a Jordan series drogue;
  • a SeaKits Damage Control kit;
  • an OceanMedix Marine 3000 medical kit; and
  • a Revere Offshore Elite 6-person liferaft in a hard container, mounted aft of the mast.

Our next task is to assemble tools and complete the outfitting of the workshop and we need to lay in spare equipment, spare parts and a ditch bag to hedge our bets on all the worst-case scenarios.

Last Updated on 27 October 2009

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