About Us

Welcome to our blog, describing our voyage aboard the two BRAVO's; the first boat a Kelly Peterson 46 with homeport in Seattle, Washington. The second is a new Boreal 52, launched in Treguier, France in February 2020.

We headed south from Seattle in 2010, and have been voyaging in one form or another since. 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 new 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!!!)

The Boat:  Boreal 52, designed by Jean Francois Delvoye.  She was built over approximately 1-1/2 years, from September 2018 until her launch in February 2020.
     Overall length: 15.86 meters
     Beam: 4.65 meters
     Length at water line: 13.82 meters
     Draft: 1.14 meters (centerboard up); 3.13 meters (board down)
     Displacement: 14,500 kg (empty); 17,800 kg (fully loaded)
     Ballast:  4,800 kg lead

     Volvo Penta D2-75 turbo diesel, 75 hp

     Northern Lights 5KW

     Fuel: 879 liters in main tank; 378 liters in 2 additional tanks
     Fresh Water: 1470 liters in 2 tanks
     Holding: Two tanks, 1 for each head
     Gray water: 1 tank

Sails:  all by Elvstrom Sails
     Main:  Dyneema HydraNet, 4 reef, 61 sq mtrs
     Genoa:  Dyneema HydraNet, 69 sq mtrs
     Staysail: Dyneema HydraNet, 26 sq mtrs (self tacking)
     Asymetrical spinnaker:  "Furlstrom" genaker on Facnor furler;  Genaker is set from an extendable bowsprit
     Code Zero:  "Code C" of ZL laminate, on Facnor furler

Winches:  all by Lewmar;  Genoa sheet winches are electric

Solar power:
     4x 100 watt panels (400 total watts)
     2x Victron 100/30 MPPT controllers

     2x fully redundant NKE systems, each with L&S hydraulic rams

     CruiseRO System - 220volt AC, 130 liters/hour

     Radar/chartplotter:  Furuno 15" TZ Touch2 in doghouse
     Backup chartplotter with Forward Scan Sonar display:  7" B&G Zeus3 at helm
     Wind/depth/speedo:  NKE
     Ham radio:  Icom 7100
     Marine SSB radio:  Icom M802
     Pactor modem:  PTC-IIex
     HF antenna:  wire embedded in Dyneema DUX backstay w/ SGC SG-230 tuner
     VHF radios:  VHF1:  Icom M506GE in doghouse w/ RAM mike at helm, antenna at masthead
           VHF2:  Icom M400BB w/ RAM mike at helm, antenna on davit
     AIS transponder:  Vesper XB8000 w/ splitter, sharing masthead VHF antenna
        NMEA 2000 backbone, includes Volvo engine data, wind/depth/speed, gps
        WIFI router RedPort Halo on davit with Optimizer
        NKE backbone
        3G/4G router with antenna on davit
     Radar reflector:  Echomax active radar repeater
     Sat comms:
        Redport Iridium GLOW mounted on davit
        Iridium 9575 hand held

Electrical system:
     All by Victron:
        600 Amp hour lithium batteries (3x 200Ah) w/ BMS system
        Quatro inverter charger. 12vdc /3000 VA/ 120 amp
        Isolation transformer, 3600 VA
     Wind generator:  Superwind
     Water generator:  Wiring and controls installed for Watt and Sea.  Unit can be added later if needed.
     Monitoring by both Victron and Phillipi systems.

     2x Spade S160, 35kg
     primary rode:  100 meters 10mm G40 chain
     second rode:  100 meters 18mm octoplait rope, w/ 20 meters of 10mm chain
     Fortress FX-55 stern anchor

Windlass:  Lofrans Tigress model, 1500 watt motor

Bow thruster:  MaxPower 24volt compact retractable
     2x Vitrifrigo air cooled drawers

     2x Vitrifrigo air cooled drawers

     F-Rib model 330 foldable RIB w/ 15hp 2 stroke Yamaha and 1103CS Torqueedo electric outboards.  Dinghy lives either on davits, or folded up and stored in lazarette on passages.

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