Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Moonwalker stays in the family!

Hi Everyone,

Just to let everyone know that we are alive and well and working hard on OCTenders in order to get ourselves going again as a family of 4.

The first step was actually deciding to keep Moonwalker as our family boat. Its a fabulous boat, we know it well, it sails wonderfully and well it carries so much of our history we found it very difficult to part with her.

The second step is is an idea in development, but all going our way we should be doing our up and down to the islands project with the girls in the next couple of years.

Life is good on land too... but it would be even better if we could get the best of both worlds...

Fair winds to you all.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Moonwalker's Inventory

NEW Quantum sails south Africa Mainsail, Fully Batterned on Windslyce cars and track
Doyle sails Genoa
Doyle sails Code Zero on Schaffer continious Furler

Working Jib
Self taking storm jib
NEW Quantum sails assymetric gennaker, in cruising launch sock
Furlex furler
Standing rigging all replaced over the last 4 years
Stackpack with lazy jacks
Spectra Running Backstays
Ground Tackle:
Spade main anchor rebuilt and re galvanised to new condition

50metres new italian 8mm chain with 50m rope rode.
Danforth secondary anchor with 20 metres 8mm chain with 50 metres rope rode
Maxwell 800 windlass with mobile control and 3 monthly servicing

2 x 80 watt and 1 x 60 watt solar panel mounted on alloy davitts able to be tilted
2 x 60 watt panels cabin top mounted
Blue sky MPPT 25 amp solar controller
Air X 400 watt wind generator with brake switch
50 amp Bosch alternator main engine mounted connected to Balmar AR-5 multi stage voltage regulator
1 x 12 volt start battery
4 x Trojan 105 AH 6 volt Battery connected in series
2 x inverters
Steerage and Autopilots:
External transom hung rudder boxes with tillers which can be use as emergency steering in case of cable failure.
Dyneema steering cable plus spare
Rudder blades fully retractable
Main Autopliot - Raymarine S2g AST Smart pilot with a rotary type 2 drive Connected to steerage via chain to main wheel
Secondary Pilot – Simrad WP30 Wheel pilot
Instrumentation and navigation:
Furuno Radar
Raymarine Autopilot head unit
Raymarine wind speed and direction
Raymarine Depth and speed
1 x compass
Garmin 128 Gps with connection to seamap
Garmin Handheld Gps
Icom VHF
Kenwood SSB and automatic tuner
Pactor 2 Modem
Sony cd/radio with speakers in cabin and cockpit
Storm Riding Equipment:
Australian Para anchors Yacht series Drouge,Bridle and Rode
Australian Para anchors Parachute Anchor,bridle amd Rode
Zodiac 4 man Liferaft in soft grab style bag
4 x inflatable hutchwilco lifejackets
Grab-bag drum with all emergency contents
2 x lifebouys
1 x danbouy with float light
First aid medical kit
Offshore flare Pack
Large spotlight
1 x Jabsco manual pump toitet in port hull
1x Jabsco manual pump toilet in stb hull connected if desired to fitted holding tank
Full plumbing for a lpg califont
150 litres fresh water storage amidships in each hull total 300
4 x 20 litre jerry can fresh water
Fresh water able to be obtained from Guttering on Hardtop
140 litres approx Diesel storage each side in main beam
2 x 20 litre diesel containers
Auxilary Propulsion:
27 HP Daihatsu Diesel Main engine situated in the centre of the back beam.
This drives two individually controled hydraulic pumps which power two hydraulic motors. One of these in each hull are connected to a standard 1'' Stainless steel shafts throught volvo dripless shaft seals.
2 x Gori Two Bladed Folding Propellers.

Please note that we may have missed a few things but the main item are in this inventory. If there are any items you want to know in particular do not hesitate to contact.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Public apology for no inventory list for Moonwalker....ah sorry.

Hi everyone, Russell here, normally Karin has the pen.

This is an apology to people looking for our inventory list for Moonwalker.

Here's my excuse...

Moonwalker adverting has created a lot of interest and correspondence, also I am still going through the job list after the refit. The Waitangi to Whangaroa race was a bit of a shake down cruise for the boat, settle her rig back in and make sure things were good.You never finish all your jobs before you leave the hard.

All of my girls spent 3 days with me onboard in Whangaroa. 1st time as a Family. Check the fotos. I then had a nice solo sail back down the coast to the Bay.

We have had a couple of open boat sessions for 2 groups of people but they were more interested in learning how to sail offshore cats than buying Moonwalker, thats fine, I like talking cats and sail.

We are currently keeping an eye on the forecast for a trip down to Great Barrier Island. It's sort of on the bucket list before Moonwalker sells and also the first coastal with both kids. If its not looking good we will just have to spend some time around the Bay of Islands...what a shame  ; )

By the way, we sold the tent that Moonwalker was refitted in, it worked great and sold well.

So really we are just in the middle of summer, busy running around and trying to use the boat as much as we can while we still have her.

Karin is on my case, I will get to the inventory out soon.

We have been looking around our photos a bit, so here are a few more that we would like to share:

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Some of Moonwalker's sailing videos

Baia de Guanabara - Rio de Janeiro
Very light wind conditions, Moonwalker still sails beautifully...
Langkawi - Malaysia
Doing 6 knots in 6 knots of wind...

Moonwalker in the Media