Saturday, March 17, 2018

SV Terrapin is FOR SALE

1978 Dufour 12000 CT Ketch
45 feet ~ 3 large cabins ~ 2 heads
Asking price, $75,000 USD
Currently located in Fiji

Builder: Michel Dufour
Designer: Michel Dufour
Model: 12000ct
Year: 1978
Flag of Registry: United States
Keel: Modified Fin
Hull Shape: Monohull

LOA: 44.75 ft
Beam: 13.06 ft
LWL: 34.3 ft
Minimum Draft: 6.83 ft
Displacement: 27060 lbs
Ballast: 8380 lbs

Engine Brand: Perkins
Engine Model: 4.236
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 3 blade feathering Max-prop
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 73 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: (237 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (185 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (20 Gallons)

Number of double berths: 2
Number of single berths: 2
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 2

Radar - Raymarine 48-mile
Stereo system
Depthsounder - Raymarine
Plotter - Raymarine
Navigation center - pilothouse
Autopilot 1 - Raymarine type 2 hydraulic
Autopilot 2 - Alpha 3000 mechanical
GPS - Raymarine
Wind speed and direction - Raymarine
Log-speedometer - Raymarine
Compass - Danforth
VHF - ICOM + masthead antenna
SSB - ICOM M710 with Pactor modem

Rigging and Sails
Standing rigging refit in 2014
Aluminum main mast and boom 48 ft. from the water
Aluminum Mizzen mast and Boom
Harken roller furling and new blocks rebuilt 2015
Aluminum Spinnaker pole
Rigid Boom vang
Far East 150% cruising Genoa
Far East 100% Jib
Far East Gennaker
Full Spinnaker
Far East fully battened Mainsail
Doyle fully battened Mizzen
Mizzen staysail

Inside Equipment
Force 10 3-burner stove/oven
Hot water - runs off the engine or shore power
Electric bilge pumps x 3
Fresh water maker - Village Marine Little Wonder 12 volt, 6 gph
Deep freezer
Marine head - 2 Raritan manual

Electrical Equipment
Solar panels (2) 250 watt
MPPT charge controller - Renogy 40 amp
Inverter - Xantrex 1500 watt
Battery Charger - Professional Mariner 35 amp
House Batteries - (6) 6 volt Interstate (675 ah)
Shore power inlet
Lots of 12 volt outlets for charging tablets and smartphones

Ground Tackle and Deck Gear
Mantus 85 lb. anchor with 300 ft. of 10 mm chain
Lofrans 1500 watt  windlass
Delta 65 lb. Anchor
CQR 44 lb. anchor
25 lb. Danforth
10 ft. chain and 150 ft. of rode in bag
Six Fenders
Delta Drogue with rigging
Jack Lines
Eight dock lines
All winches serviced in 2016

Hull and Deck
Bottom paint applied January 2017
Stainless Steel Stanchions and lifelines all the way around the deck
New topside paint 2018
Long fin keel and skeg hung rudder

Mainsail cover
Cockpit cover - hard dodger and bimini

Outside Equipment/Extras
Tender - 9 foot aluminum floor AB w/ Johnson 15hp

Extras and Desirables
 S/S rail mount Barbeque
Little wonder water maker 6 gal an hour (new membrane 2016)
Two composite 20 lb. propane tanks
Hot Water Heater
Galley Fridge/Freezer
Too many spares to list
All linens, dishes, utensils convey with the boat
All tools and spare parts convey with the boat
Courtesy flags of different countries and quarantine flag
Stainless steel davits with 5-1 blocks for dinghy lift

New forward navigation lights 2016
New steaming light 2016

Heads rebuilt 2018

Safety Gear
Lifesling 3
Man overboard pole
4 offshore inflatable PFDs with harnesses and tethers
Jacklines on either side of the boat
6-person Switlik liferaft
Flare and signal kit

Starboard side center cabin.

Entrance to Main Cabin. 

Port side center cabin.

Fancy another cheesy video? Check out an in depth video of Terrapin. (NOTE: this video was taken before many of the upgrades we made before crossing the Pacific in 2017).

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Become a friend of Animals Fiji!

During our stay in Savusavu, Fiji, our girls have had the opportunity to volunteer with the area's only veterinary clinic, Animals Fiji. Jessica and Emma accompanied Animals Fiji during one of their outreach visits to a remote village and saw, first hand, the huge impact Animals Fiji creates. 

The outreach program allows villagers to bring their pets and livestock to a mobile clinic to consult with a veterinarian or have their pets spayed or neutered. Without Animals Fiji outreach programs, villages would be faced to deal  with the pet overpopulation crisis alone.

In addition to the outreach programs, Animals Fiji is the only veterinary clinic offering services in the Western and Northern Divisions, servicing a population of over 600,000 people. 

Jessica and Emma have established the "Friends of Animals Fiji" fund to help cover costs incurred by offering veterinary services, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Animals Fiji. Jessica and Emma want to ensure that Animals Fiji can continue their amazing work in the outlying villages of Fiji. 


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Our cost to cruise Fiji

In January we delivered a catamaran to Port Denarau and took the opportunity for a mini vacation to Suva. From Port Denarau we took a bus across the island to Suva, explored Suva and then took the ferry from Suva to Savusavu. While in Suva we played tourist, splurged on a hotel versus our typical homestay option, saw Starwars, got haircuts, visited museums and craft shops, bought some new threads and ate like Kings.

For the first time ever, we are mixing in online courses into our boatschool curriculum. We had heard good reviews from other travelers that Acellus was worth a try. It's OK. Some of the classes the kids say their teachers are boring. I personally don't know if the curriculum is challenging enough, I need to conduct further research. Phil loves the idea of their work being graded online and he's not having to grade everyday. For now, with reliable, cheap WiFi, our girls will continue to include Acellus into their worldschool studies.  Considering we spent $1000 just on the Suva trip, I'd say we did great with our budget this month.

Each month we post our Cost to Cruise as a family of four. Click HERE if you are interested in seeing prior months costs.