Quest from the top of the mast (that's 75 feet!) - at anchor in the Tuamotus (Kauehi
Atoll), French Polynesia. We carry a 60kg rocna anchor on the bow with
130 meters of 3/8 G70 chain and 100 meters of 20mm 12 plait nylon line.
Our bow windless is a Maxwell 3500 forward and reversing. On the stern
we carry a Lewmar Ocean 2 forward and reversing windless with 100 ft. of
G70 chain and 300 ft. of 20mm 12 plait nylon line. Our stern anchor is a
65 lb. Bulwagga.
Quest flying her gennaker! During the race to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
this gennaker got a real workout! (1,800 sq. ft.)
Quest sailing on the west side of Catalina. I'm in the dinghy bouncing
around, driving the outboard, taking photos and trying to keep dry while
Scott sails around me in the big boat! Our main sail is 990 sq. ft. and
the storm jib is 200 sq. ft.
Our roller furling working jib is 440 sq. ft. Our roller
furling yankee is 650 sq. ft. These all feed into the cockpit for ease
of deployment and adjustment.
Quest in Alaska - dodging the bergie bits! This time I'm at the helm and
Scott's in the dinghy telling me, "Get a little closer to that big ice
berg so I can get better picture!" We have a 125 HP Yanmar turbo 4
diesel engine for these tight quarters, and carry 550 useable gallons of fuel.
This gives us a range of up to 3,000 nm if we watch our speed.
main Saloon. When we're in port we eat most of our meals here. She was
designed so that we could look out when we sit at the table. We often
have someone sleeping in the saloon in rough weather. Under that bunk is
a Scanmar SOS emergency rudder. All the inside passageways
are designed for safety at sea with many handholds and narrow spaces
rather than the "modern" open saloons that allow one to be tossed
across the saloon
navigation station. These instruments are repeated in the cockpit for
the helmsman. (right)
navigation station looking aft. You're seeing mostly the electrical
panel and desk where we keep the navigation computer - a duplicate
system separate from the Raymarine C80 8"chartplotter with fishfinder,
radar and chartplotter. Wind and speed instruments are Raymarine series
60. We use two Raymarine and one Garmin GPS receivers. Our radios are
VHF, Icom 502 and SSB 802 using a Pactor II converter for Sailmail
email, Winlink email and weatherfax downloads. Generator is a Fisher
Panda mini8, 8KW. Autopilot and steering are Whitlock mombo driven by a
Raymarine Autopilot brain.
underway we spend most of our time in the cockpit. Don't ask me why I
included this photo. I guess I liked it! You see we have great
visibility and protection from the sun and big waves. This is our main
steering station and on-watch area. We are well protected in this
cockpit and do NOT leave it underway unless we follow safety precautions
of being tethered to the boat and being watched by another person. In
the cockpit we have 7 Harken winches, four of which are electric
desk and fwd. food storage lockers. These three lockers cover some nice
deep drawers. We can carry provisions for 6 months or more.
You've never seen Jean's desk so
Lazarette. A must for living aboard with a "collector!" -
meaning Scott. Beneath the
floor is a folding "Northhill" stainless 65 lb. anchor (used
as a rock pick). We carry additional 300 ft. of 3/8 G70 chain backed up
with 300 ft. of 12 plait 20mm nylon rode in a sidelocker. We've also installed a retractable
Maxpower 180 bow
thruster for those tight maneuvers.
forward (guest) cabin. Our guest cabin sleeps two and has two nice
storage cabinets. Under the bunk we store several hundred paper charts.
All our bunks have lee cloths and only the careless fail to rig them
head. With a shower like that you know we need our Spectra watermaker!
We can carry 250 gallons of water which we use as ballast on our long
voyages. Actually, we do the same with the fuel - we use the fuel in the
leeward tank to give us more stability.
We have a Spectra watermaker and carry 250 gallons of
galley. Everyone knows that the galley is the heart of the ship. We
never go hungry on this boat. Accoutrements include: four burnered
gimbaled stove, a large freezer and refrigerator, microwave oven,
toaster oven, trash compactor, coffee maker, double sink, great storage
for dishes and large pots, and storage for the breadmaker. Many of these
appliances require 110 volts, so our 8KW Fisher-Panda generator is a
must. We also carry 2 Mastervolt 100amp chargers and one Mastervolt
3,000 watt inverter.
- Hull side (outside) view. (right)
quarters stbd. This little bunk serves as Jean's sleeping quarters
underway. With a lee cloth up this is a nice little pilot berth.
with that said, Quest heads out into the blue water. And, this is where