The Boat

Namani is a “Dufour 35” – A 35 ft. (10.90m) fiberglass masthead sloop built by Dufour Yachts (FR) in 1981 (hull # 442). 

We sleep in the forepeak cabin (#2). Our son Nicky's bunk is a pilot berth on the starboard side (#10). The head is #5, the galley #11. Guests share the main cabin with Nicky (#7 which is the convertible dining area). #12 is the nav station, #13 is a quarter berth (currently used for storage) and #14 and #15 are cockpit lockers. As this is an older design there are no stern cabins.
Boat Equipment:

  • Sails: Mainsail with three reefs, #1 and #2 genoa (furling), spinnacker, large and small staysail
  • Navigation: Garmin GPS plus backup, sextant (Astra IIIb), Raytheon radar, Autohelm ST 3000 autopilot plus backup
  • Ground Tackle: Just replaced 35 lbs CQR with a 20kg Rocna (see Projects) on 30m of 10mm SS chain plus 40m of rope. 30 lbs Danforth as second bow anchor, smaller Danforth as kedge.
  • Engine: A new 35 hp Beta Marine BV 1305 with which we replaced an aging Volvo Penta MD17C in December 2006 (see Repowering); about 80 l of diesel capacity in main tank plus approx. 50 l in jerrycans.
  • Steering Gear: Skeg hung rudder with wheel steering, Hydrovane self-steering
  • Water and Domestic Systems: About 230 l fresh water capacity in two tanks plus 50 l in collapsable water containers.
  • Mast and Rigging: Aluminum deck stepped mast with single spreader rig, back stay tensioner (standing rigging re-newed in 2001)
  • Safety Equipment: Lifeline netting, Jacklines (incl. one in the cockpit, reachable from the companionway), granny bars at mast, EPIRB, bfh 6 person life raft
  • Communication: Raymarine VHF plus Westmarine handheld, ICOM M801E HF transceiver