A PROJECT TO SHARE
THE WORLD TOUR IN THE SAIL
Purchasing the boat was the beginning of my dream and project !
My parents - by buying this boat - are allowing me and everyone supporting this project to make this dream come true. I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart for the help they’re giving me.
In this case, the choice of the boat was made according to our navigation program and its length.
The specifications that we set also took into account the accessibility of the boat for persons with disabilities and with reduced mobility. It also had to be easily maniable by small crew or even in solitary.
Our high-sea program through the planet’s oceans and two mythical capes doesn’t shelter from the winds and difficult sea conditions. The boat has to:
Be maniable in solitary
Allow navigation for two years with as little maintenance as possible
Be autonomous in water and energy
Allow having people with reduced mobility on board
Therefore, we chose a sloop-rigged keelboat (one mast only) with a big sail, a roller furling genoa and the possibility to install a furling staysail. This boat has a deep draft, which is limiting for approaches, passes and deep water levels but it has the benefit to remain stiff in a breeze. The goal here was to find a boat that was well equipped with a power generator and a water maker.
After visiting 20 sailboats in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, Spain and Portugal, we found a rare gem in the Port of Marseille: an OCEANIS 473, well equipped and built by BENETEAU with a beautiful name: CAP BONHEUR (CAPE HAPPINESS).
I would like to thank Mr. Bernard NACACH, from BJ Yachting, for his conscientiousness, his attentiveness, his efficiency and his professionalism which allowed us to find this boat.
The expert assessment of the boat required its dry-docking at Port-Corbières, followed by a control of the underwater areas. This allowed us to take notes of different aspects that we didn’t notice before and to carry out an inventory of all the works of reconditioning and repair required for the boat to be ready to go.
I would also like to thank Mr. Bertrand BARTHOLI for his detailed assessment and his professionalism. This allowed us to know exactly the condition of the boat before purchasing it.
The assessment identified several works of reconditioning and repair to do before raising the sails:
The standing rigging should be replaced
Weathercockto be replaced
Lower end cap of rudder head to be controlled
VOLVO packed gland to be replaced
Hydrolub ring to control
Exhaust elbow/manifold from the power generator to replaced
Repairing bimini-top and sprayhood
Once the boat was dry-docked in Port Saint-Louis du Rhône, we contacted the local construction sites to estimate the costs of all the works of reconditioning and repair that we needed to do. We chose Métal Marine and then decided, upon their advice, to fully repair the boat.
Sanding of the boat’s hull till the gelcoat, INTERPROTECT and ANTIFOULING processings
Rudder head rings were repaired
Propeller was removed and reviewed, the shaft line was changed, a shock-reducing damper was mounted at the motor-end inverter
Both the cable gland and the hydrolub ring were replaced
Change of the water scoop for a generating set
Dismasting to change the standing rigging and power
Didn’t have enough time to install the furling staysail but it will be done before the boat raises its sails
Install LED navigation lights at the top of the mast, LED deck lights
Install a new aérien and replace all the navigation tools
Review the entire power generator
Install banisters with handrails on board for people with reduced mobility
Since we bought the boat in 2017, we haven’t stopped working on it to facilitate life on board. In 2018, the planned workload should finish installing the furling staysail and a diesel oil circuit heater.
Company/Construction site : Bénéteau
Architect : Finot Conq architected navals
Year : 2001
Hull length : 14.16m
Hull width : 4.31m
Waterline length : 13.35m
Water draft : 2.1m
Light displacement : 11500kg
Powe r: 75ch
Fuel powe r: 400l
Cabin numbe r: 3
Number of berth : 6
Toilets : 2
Bathrooms : 2
Headroom : 1.96m
Water capacity : 790l
Design category : C
Navigation category : 1
Sails downwind : 193m²
Sail area close hauled : 108m²
Mainsail : 43m²
Genoa : 65m²
Asymetric spinnaker : 150m²
Air draft : 18.6m
Type of rig : Sloop
Voilure près poids : 9.39
Voilure près largeur : 25.06
Voilure portant poids : 16.78
Voilure portant largeur : 44.78