Hanging out in Calero, Lanzarote again with transat planned in late Nov, which will be my 16th crossing I think...
Recap - MOJO is 60ft sailing catamaran, manufacturer = Fontaine Pajot, model = Eleuthera, 2004 build Hull#3 (or 4?) which I bought from first owner in late 2017.
Feels like I've replaced/renewed almost everything now, mast off repaint and new standing rig in 2020, new rudders and bimini 2020, new nav in 2018-20, lithium+2kw solar, binned the old generator but big alternators on twin Yanmar 4JH3-HTE turbodiesel motors
each with just under 2000 hours recorded runtime. Eco-tec watermaker, replaced all 4 bilge pumps, internal refurb, refurbed sails and new running rigging, 190sqm Parasailor for downwind.
Proactively (ie to stop sh!t happening)
A Big stable boat, renewed rig and rudders, extra fuel tanks
B AIS and radar linked to super-loud interior alarm.
C Helm at deck level (no flybridge), galley up, up/down dining table converts to large saloon berth almost “within” helm area
D AIS vessel name changed from MOJO to “MOJO SOLO SAILOR” and this definitely gives more attention/room from other vessels
E 2 x satphones with data options for forecasts and 500+ minutes on each
G Secondary GPS/nav with computer and handheld GPS
Reactively (if it does happen...)
1 Up to date with renewal/maintenance and good built-in redundancy with two hulls/motors
2 Renewed+uprated bilge pumps with always-on option, plus engine-powered bilge pumps as below
3 Firefighting- overspec 5kg CO2 canister
4 Flares, tools, spares, medical kit
And if that all doesn’t work...
5 New 2020 Vito lifejackets and solid LJ’s, plus other older LJs which are good to plug holes…
6 Viking liferaft (and spare date-out Viking liferaft), spare 3/4 full (floatable) roped-together fresh water bottles
7 Comms : 2 x Satphones pre-programmed with MRCC number...
New this time :
a) Primary seawater inlet bypasses to both engines i.e. a motor-powered bilge pump option on each motor; open the bypass (eg to empty engine bilge) and close seawater inlet valve.
b) extension to above: pre-primed 20metre pipe attaches to either motor makes extended roving bilge pump
c) spare 50m anchor chain (and primary anchor x 2)
d) spares for 4x engine services as availability might be limited these days
e) renewed stainless rod ends for rudder arms