After extensive research for a craft that would take me and my crew safely across open oceans I settled on Alan Pape’s tried and tested Ebbtide 36 design.
After talking to Alan I opted for his round bilged version and it has resulted in an easily driven hull which is very fair and pleasing to the eye.
Fánaí is a kindly sea boat, her heavy displacement resulting in comfort at sea but when she gets wind she is as sprightly as one of the lighter cruiser racers.
I wanted a boat that would allow one to live aboard for extended periods and she has ample stowage space for fuel, water and foodstuffs for such work.
In build she was shot blasted and epoxied both inside and out and her insides were sprayed with foam which has resulted in an extremely dry boat (books left aboard in Ireland in Winter survive quite well and that is a good test), easy to heat in the winter northern latitudes and cool in the tropics.!
She has spent time in both extremes!
What you have used the boat for, where you have been and with how many on board.
I have basically lived on Fánaí for the past 5 years she has taken me and various crewmembers safely and comfortably to Spain / Portugal/ Madeira/ Canaries/ Cape Verde Islands/ Caribbean/Azores/ Ireland…… Then to The Faeroes/ Norway, close to the Arctic Circle/ Shetlands/ Fair Isle/ St Kilda// Ireland…… Then Spain/ Portugal again Morocco (Atlantic Coast)/ Canaries/ Azores…. Etc etc (See logs for more details)
How does she sail under a variety of conditions – how is she balanced
Many of the above voyages were accomplished solo so the question of balance is answered. Even without engaging the wind vane it is possible to get Fánaí to self steer by trimming the sails. Also the self tacking staysail makes for easy sail handling. (again see logs) I sailed solo from Sal in the Cape Verdes without touching the tiller and managed to read a lot of books on the passage!
How does she manoeuvre under sail and power?
She motor sails quite well with a reefed main to steady the rolling motion. I often used a very small tiller pilot on the head of the Hydrovane and with that rig she would keep on an unerring course for ever and a day.
Is she controllable going astern. To be honest, like all long keelers is an acquired skill to control her astern!
What is a reasonable cruising speed under sail 6 knots– and power 5 / 5.5 knots depending on sea state.
What is she like in heavy weather? Wonderful. Force 10 storm last June coming from the Azores. I just used my small staysail and everything went well.
I now feel that I would like to settle on land again and I am planning a new project which needs to be financed. Fánaí is ready to go blue water cruising and if she doesn’t sell relatively quickly I will probably plan a 2 year cruise to Brazil in her next season.
[ Fánaí ]
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