My yacht is called Siquando, which translates to “if when; at what time” in Latin and “Yes When” in Italian. The answer is always now! Which is maybe a good way to live life, considering sooner or later we all make the little flowers grow!
She is a 9 mtr (30 ft) masthead sloop, cold moulded with triple planked diagonal dynel sheathed Oregon, Cedar stringers and a double steel ring frame support attached to the aluminium mast.
Cold moulding involves laminating together thin layers of wood to create a hull that is watertight, strong and lightweight. Dynel is a soft absorbent polyester fibre that looks like wool. It absorbs epoxy resin to form a watertight barrier.
The boat was built over 11 years by an amateur boat builder in Sydney (finished in 1983). It was built using Nevin’s rules of design. Nevin’s was a 1930’s boat designer whose designs produced yachts capable of offshore cruising, with heavier scantlings (dimensions) than earlier Herreshoff racing designs. Her dimensions also fit the ‘half tonner’ IOR 1967-1993 racing rules
She has a new beta marine 20hp diesel which has only done 130 hrs and she is fitted with all the safety equipment needed for offshore cruising such as life raft, epirb, vhf and ssb radios.
The interior is decked out with a warm mix of Mahogany, Cedar and Oregon and is well appointed with 4 sleeping berths including a double up front, a kerosene stove, eutectic fridge and a jabsco toilet.
The previous owners spent $10,000 on professional deck repairs and had the rigging checked and a new furling system added before sailing her from Sydney to Yamba.
As someone completely new to sailing, I hope to first venture along the Clarence River, before taking her North to the Whitsundays and then south to Tasmania.
I’m realising that owning a yacht requires having extensive knowledge of numerous disciplines – wood repairs, diesel mechanics, plumbing, electronics, weather and tides.
These first few months have been a bit overwhelming, but I’m confident with time, I will sail this old girl out through the heads alone, giving her the adventure she was built for.