'Greenfly' was purchased in October 2001.
I had completed a 5 day 'Dayskipper' practical course ( and the shore based course some years earlier ) and the options for gaining experience seemed to be either participating in many more sailing courses, chartering or buying my own boat. I felt that I would be more confidant without an audience, and I did not have the experience to charter. So I bought 'Greenfly'.
I wanted a lifting twin keel boat, and the cat rig would make sailing single handed easier. I was under no illusions that I was the only person in our family who wanted to sail. Therefore I knew that most of my sailing would be single-handed.
I plan to take her out of the water in December 2001 and refit the inside to make the accommodation more comfortable. This is part of my plan to make her more attractive to the rest of the family.
My current ToDo list:
I really ought to do the following important things too
I plan to move from my present moorings to Ipswich from the Tidemill, Woodbridge. I am very sad to do this, as the people at the Tidemill Yacht Harbour are very friendly. However, trains from Cambridge directly to Ipswich are reasonably regular, whereas the connection to Woodbridge is not. I do not enjoy driving my van, and the train is vastly preferable.
I might not be an expert sailor, but I should be able to sort out the boat electrical system
I want a power source that will have some backup just in case of flat batteries. I don't want to be totally dependant on electrical navigation, but I'd rather not be without it either
The first requirement is therefore TWO batteries
The battery is currently charged from the Outboard motor ( when it is running ). This supply is unregulated and will produce > 16v into light loads ( such as the depth/log ). The batteries are going to be Sealed Gel Lead/Acid construction. The charging requirements for these types of battery are quite stringent.
Given the lack of power supply ( I hope to only run the outboard when I must ), then a shunt regulator would be most appropriate
All lights will be replaced by low energy lighting units
This is a view of the spirit cooker. I have no idea how to use this. It will probably be replaced by a portable canister gas cooker. A real ( plumbed in ) gas cooker would be nice, but expensive and the gas supply will need to be certified
This area is where the electrical panel/radios will go