Engine Volvo Penta MD6A diesel 10 hp.


S Drive gear box with friction clutch and twin blade prop.


Engine battery 60ah heavy duty dedicated and with priority charging


Electrical domestic supply 2 x 110 ah leisure batteries in series charged by


3 x 15 watt and 2 x 10 watt solar panels with regulators


150 watt inverter


4 hp Mariner outboard and 2.3 metre inflatable


Facnor roller reefing, bi-radial Genoa cut for the boat


Main sheet winches Antal 2 speed self tailing


Instrumentation and navigation


Primary means of navigation Admiralty charts, Imray waterproof Charts, Macmillan Reeds Nautical Almanac pilot books, West France, South Biscay, North Brittany, Mediterranean France and Corsica, Canal Du Midi Guide, Inland Water-ways of France


NASA depth, wind speed, speed log.


TP10 auto pilot and spare back-up auto pilot


Magellan 320 gps interfaced with C map electronic charts displayed on 15in laptop screen


Bellfield tidal software UK and Europe


Safety Flares pack ocean specification, life lines with gibb hooks, Dan buoy, horse shoe, strobe light, flag, and life jackets. First aid kit


10 gal water tank and 10gal fuel tank. The size of the tanks remains a problem on Prospero and is the most common reason for coming ashore. Extra containers for fuel and water are carried to supplement the supply. Requirements are roughly one gallon per person per day. Water taps are on most bathing beaches. Also we carry a collapsible 3 gal water container which can be produced after a purchase in bar or shop. The solution to this is probably fit extra tanks but the ultimate solution is a water maker that de-salinates sea water. The price of which continues to fall.


Communication Vhf scanning radio (the hand held went over board in rough weather). WiFi is available at many ports with various tariffs. Whilst in France I purchased a French sim card for the orange network and this halved the cost of a phone call.


    Sailing Prospero

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  by Alan Gillam

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