Our Boat

Our boat Chantey, is a Pearson 424. We bought her in February 2014 in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

She was built in the USA in 1978. 12.8m long with a beam of 4.2m and a draught of 1.8m.

The keel is a long fin with a full skeg and rudder.

Back in the day, they weren't afraid to use loads of fibreglass, so the construction is solid. We weigh in at a bit over 12 tonnes. The bottom was stripped and re laminated with epoxy resin and tri axial e glass 3 years ago and the keel join was also reinforced.

The ketch rig (2 masts) gives us a choice of sail plans and means the sails are smaller and easier to handle, repair and replace. All the standing rigging and sails were new 3 years ago.

The engine is a 60hp Westerbeke which we are learning to love.

The interior is teak and teak faced ply with occasional patches of 70's coloured melamine which we rather like now.

We have a proper full height separate shower and a well appointed galley. In the saloon there is a big folding table with bunks either side.

We navigate with B&G, Navionics and Furuno electronics and we communicate with Icom, B&G , Uniden and Iridium.

Most of our steering is done by "Otto" our Monitor wind vane. He has just been joined by a CPT autopilot for days with no wind (he hasn't got a name yet). We carry 600 litres of water in integral tanks and collect more from our deck scuppers when it rains. Our power is generated primarily by solar panels but we also have a big engine alternator and a back up generator. We have heaps of safety gear to satisfy NZ's CAT1 requirements as well as our own.

That's all the factual stuff but the reality is that we both fell in love with Chantey at first sight. She is well constructed and designed, the layout suits us perfectly. We now trust and depend on her sea keeping abilities in all the conditions we have encountered. Whenever we walk up to her in a marina we smile and think "that's my boat". She is our home and companion on our adventure.