About Us

Welcome to our blog, describing our voyage aboard Bravo, a Kelly Peterson 46 sailboat with homeport in Seattle, Washington. We headed south in 2010, destined for Mexico and beyond. Cheers, Adam and Cindi

"As for me, I am tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts." -Herman Melville, 1844

About Bravo

Many folks have asked about Bravo, her systems, and equipment.  Here are the basics.  We'll expand on this section in the future, and also comment on which we've found work well, and which don't (hopefully few fall into this latter category!!!)

Boat:  Kelly Peterson 46 cutter, designed by Doug Peterson, built in the Queen Long yard in Taiwan in 1982, and rigged in San Diego in 1983.
     Overall length: 46 ft 3 in
     Beam: 13 ft 4 in
     Length at water line: 40 ft 11 in
     Draft: 6 ft 8 in
     Displacement: 33300 lbs
     Ballast:  11,330 lbs lead
     Yanmar 4JH4TE turbo diesel, 75 hp
     Northern Lights 5KW

     Fuel: 110 gal in 2 tanks + 3x 5 gallon jerry cans on deck
     Fresh Water: 200 gal in 4 tanks
     Holding: Two tanks

     Main:  Dacron, 3 reef, Caliber Sails
     Genoa:  Dacron, Caliber Sails
     Asymetrical spinnaker:  Lidgard
     Staysail: Dacron, Port Townsend Sails
     Storm staysail:  Dacron, Port Townsend Sails
     Trisail:  Dacron, Port Townsend Sails

Solar power:
     3x 185 watt Kyocera panels (555 total watts)
     Outback FX60 MPPT Controller

Wind vane steering:

     TMQ Electronics AP50 w/ motor driven chain drive

     CruiseRO System - 110volt, 24 gal/hour

     Radar/chartplotter:  Furuno MFD-8 in cockpit
     Backup chartplotter/ multi instrument display:  B&G Zeus2 7"
     Ham radio:  Icom 7000 (Kenwood TS50 as backup)
     Marine SSB radio:  Icom M802
     HF antenna:  insulated backstay w/ SGC SG-230 tuner
     VHF radios:  Lowrance Link-8 at nav station, Lowrance Link-5 in cockpit
     Pactor modem:  PTC-IIex
     AIS transponder:  Vesper 8000
     Networks:  NMEA 2000 backbone and WIFI router w/ Ubiquiti Bullett antenna

     88 lb Rocna, 300' of 3/8" chain
     44 lb Delta, 100' 3/8" chain, 250' 7/8" nylon rode
     Fortress FX-37
     Para-tech 18' sea anchor

     Glacier Bay Micro HPS holding plate system (refrigerator box)
     Isotherm Magnum watercooled evaporator system (freezer box)

Inverter / Charger
     Outback VFX2812M tied to solar controller and DC monitor module w/ Outback MATE

Scuba Compressor:
     Coltri MCH-6 w/ factory modifications by Nuvair

     2x Airis 10' Sport boats by Walker Bay

     AB 9'6" aluminum bottom RIB w/ Yamaha 15hp 2-stroke outboard

1 comment:

  1. You might consider posting a picture of the boat and its occupants on this page.

    Good to catch up with you. We met at the Offshore Emergency Medicine course in Denver. We now live aboard a Valiant 42 and plan to head south from Anacortes, WA circa August 1st.

    Be well,

    Rich and Lyn Lewis