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Major Systems

Onan 13.5kw Generator.  Probably bigger than necessary.  We are going with some solar, but the generator will be very useful to run the air conditioner and during wash day.  We prefer the Onan over the Fisher Panda based on reviews.  The Onan has a bit of a problem with their impeller, so we have lots of spares.

Volvo D2 60 engines.  We struggled over whether to pay the big premium for equivalent Yanmar as the Volvo has had MDI issues, but they appear to be resolved.  We added a pair of Flexofold propellers.  We have had good experience with them and they are quite a bit cheaper than our other favorite, the Maxprop.  To us, folding or feathering props are a must for sailing performance.

Aquabase watermaker.  We went with a 60 LPH 12 V system.  The alternative 120 V system makes more water, but we didn't want to be dependent on the generator AND the watermaker to both be working.  Also, water makers prefer to be run daily so the output of the 12V system should be adequate.

North Code 0.  It will be our principle downwind sail.  Although not as efficient as a spinnaker, we plan to leave it up during passage so it will be used a lot more.  The spinnaker is so big it is a real chore to pack and drag around.  A Facnor FX4500+ continuous line furler is also added.  

A suite of Garmin electronics including a pair of Multi Function Display Chartplotters (9" at the helm and 12" at the Nav station, a pair of VHF radios, AIS transponder and a pair of GMI20 information displays.  Raymarine was also offered, and I have been happy with them in the past, but Garmin seems to be very popular and with their history in aviation we went with them.

We went with an AB Navigo 12 foot dinghy with 25hp Yamaha, non electric start.  More and more folks are going with a center console, but we didn't like the look from the Saona cockpit and the additional weight makes beaching all that more difficult.  The most popular is the Highfield aluminum dinghy but we didn't like the look of the aluminum.     Yamaha because it is the most popular in Mexico so repair is easier.

Marine air conditioning is an incredibly expensive almost necessity.  The three units installed come to a whopping $33,000.  They require dock power or a generator to operate.  They consume too much current to run off batteries.  That is generally not a problem.  On our current boat we very seldom need air conditioning at anchorage, but need it a lot in a marina where the cooling breezes are blocked.  An added feature is the dehumidifier mode which will dry the boat out when we are not aboard.

A controversial, but easy decision for us was the deck material.  Some argue to leave it white fiberglass as it is easy to clean, cheap and cool.  It also makes the cockpit look like a bath tub.  Others argue for real teak which is a great non skid, beautiful (on day one) and traditional.  It is also a lot of work to keep looking nice and seldom looks great.  We went with synthetic teak in the cockpit, and added it to the upper cockpit and helm area also.  We love its look.  It looks like brand new teak.  It is a bit hotter than real teak, about the same cost, and comes in many colors.  We went traditional teak with black lines.

Other Systems


  • 3 Cabin (Owners version) - there is a five cabin "charter version" with five heads.  Lindsey wanted this version.  We'd need a cleaning lady.

  • Electric fresh water heads - there is no way to keep a salt water head from staining and stinking.  While the freshwater head uses some precious water it is worth it.

  • Cockpit cushions - we had to pay for an upgrade because we liked the 2018 "papyrus" color better than the standard 2019 grey.

  • Two additional AGM batteries - the boat comes with 600 amp/hour batteries.  We upped it to 900.  We didn't go with the lithium batteries as they are a huge price upgrade and we will wait three or 4 years.

  • Additional 12V outlet - people charge like crazy.  I like to turn the inventer off at night.

  • Windlass control and chain counter - I've never been able to control the anchor from the helm.  More importantly, I've never been able to tell exactly how much is out.

  • TV antenna - we have never missed a TV on the boat, but we have two on this one.

  • Protective strip on transom

  • Integrated gas plancha - a plancha is simply a grill.  While I'd have preferred the BBQ, it was just too big.

  • 12V Freezer - Obviously necessary

  • Bed slats - lets the mattresses breath to avoid mildew

  • Bedroom carpet - controversial add.  They can get dirty, but feel great on bare feet at night on the way to the head.

  • Cockpit courtesy lighting - should have been standard

  • Additional mooring cleats

  • Profurl genoa furler - an upgrade from the standard.

  • Bowsprit and gennaker gear - we have a Code 0 on order to help with downwind sailing

  • 110 V Water heater

  • Electric genoa winch - you can cross sheet to an electric winch if you want to.  We don't want to.

  • Cockpit Fridge - we were going to skip this as the fridge is just inside the salon.  The dealer said almost everyone orders it.  Convenient for sodas and beer but another energy consumer.

  • Salon curtains - several ways to go here.  We went two ways.  A traditional curtain for when we are aboard and inserts to cover the windows when we are away.

  • MP6 container life raft

  • Electric davit winch - we are going with standard davits so this is sort of necessary.  Also used as the port Code 0 sheet.


  • 4 extra 110v outlets - the French don't put outlets in the heads.  We also want one in the cockpit for air pumps for the SUPS and other toys.

  • 3 165 W solar panels - not nearly enough to power the boat, but didn't want to cover all the available real estate.  I'm hoping for about 50% of energy requirement with the engine and generator doing the rest.

  • Installation of two flat screen TV

  • Hull Treatment

  • Washer/Dryer - we've found convenient laundry service in most marinas, but everyone who has one raves about it.

  • Factory air condition strainer upgrade - said to be necessary.  Why not standard

  • 6 Caframo Sirocco 12 V Cabin Fans - air movement is key to comfort.  These are the larger fans.

  • Upgraded anchor package Mantus 85 pount anchor, 250 feet 3/8 chain and 150ft Rode - we have a fortress secondary anchor, but I've never used a second anchor.  Mantus is of the new breed of superior holding anchors.  We upgraded the upgrade for even more chain.

  • Interior window shades

  • Bimini hard top - another controversial item.  A bimini never makes a boat look better, but everyone says you need one.  If I need one, I might as well go hard.

  • Flexifold 3 blade props - to me a fixed prop was a non starter.  It costs 5-10% boat speed.  The issue was what folding or feathering prop.  I've loved both my Flexofold and Maxprops.  Went with Flexofold due to similar performance and lower cost.

  • Seagull water filtration system - an expensive filter at the cold water tap in the galley.  While me make all our own water, the pipes get a little funky.  Hopefully, people will be comfortable drinking this stuff.

  • SCAD Holding tank monitors - I've never known how full my holding tanks are.  Only once have I blown stuff out the vent (it was in a marina no less), but this is a big addition.

  • Victron Smart Battery Monitor BMV 712 Smart - a huge addition in tracking energy use and addition, the boat's standard 12 volt meter really does neither.

Owner supplied‚Äč

  • Facnor 4500+ continuous line furler - researched premium brands and they didn't seem much better than a Selden at one third the cost.

  • Iridium GO satphone - I currently have a different phone, but this is the way to go.  You use your cell phone or tablet as the interface.  Great for weather.  Fairly expensive monthly plan, but while at sea important.

  • Two smart TVs

  • EPIRB - Went with the cheapest one available.  We have the Iridium Go and the Garmin InReach which are, in general, better than an EPIRB anyway.

  • Garmin InReach - we got it for the Baja Haha as it was required.  Nice simple satellite device for tracking our journey.

  • Safety Equipment - two items a bit different than we have had in the past.  The "flares" will be the electronic type (don't expire) with traditional backup, and the fog horn is electric instead of air, which lasts for about two seconds. Personal AIS.

  • SUPs - two inflatable iRocker SUPs that get hard as a rock and have been wonderful to date.

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