Argonauta is a GibSea 422 a Bermudan sloop rig with roller reefing main sail & fore sail. This contributes to easier handling as we dont need to leave the cockpit when sailing to reef or set the sails. She is the shoal draft version only drawing 1.6mtrs which means we can creep in shallow rivers and harbours without getting stuck on the bottom.– to non yachties this means a 42 ft sailing boat that is relatively easy to manage.
The front cabin comprises a V shaped double berth with large storage lockers underneath and hanging locker for clothes. The hatch in the roof can be opened in good weather and helps to get a good air flow through the boat when at anchor. - it also acts as alternative exit if needed.
Behind this to the starboard is a small bunk bedded cabin with some storage. This we mainly using as a storage area when just the two of us are on board. However can be cleared if required for visitors. Opposite on the port side is the larger of the two heads compartments. This is fitted with a sea toilet sink & shower. When in port or anchored in small bays the sea toilet can be configured to use a holding tank so we don’t pollute the local environment.
The main living area is situated centrally in the boat and comprises a large dining table around which we cam comfortably seat 8 people. On the other side is the navigation area with the chart table, navigation & communications equipment with two further seats. Also contained within this living area is the galley. With two sinks a fridge, cooker cool-box and storage for pans crockery etc. above this is a further large hatch giving light which when combined with the wrap around side windows gives a light airy feel to this area.
To provide entertainment Argonauta is fitted with a flat screen TV with DVD , radio with integral CD, both of which can be played in the saloon or out in the cockpit.
A second heads compartment similar to the first is situated at the aft starboard side of the saloon. Steps lead from this area up into the cockpit. At the back of the boat on both the port & starboard side are double bedded cabins, these have small opening windows making them cosy in the winter and shaded and cool in the summers heat.
The external area of the boat comprise of a large foredeck where there is plenty of room for handling the anchor and preparing lines when docking or sunbathing when conditions allow. It is also the best place to watch the dolphins when they decide to come and play in Argonauta's wake. The teak covered side decks whilst not massive are wide enough to allow easy movement back and forth from the cockpit with side rails to protect you as you move. The cabin roof both forward of the mast and in front of the wind-shield are covered in solar panels helping to maintain our batteries and ensuring we are as environmentally friendly as possible. At the foot of the mast a number of lines are led back to the cockpit whilst the less frequently used terminate at rope clutches and winches. The cockpit is protected from waves and spray by the wind-shield and large spray-hood these ensure that the area stays reasonably dry and sheltered. Benches fun down both sides with storage lockers underneath. A small fold down table is attached to the steering pedestal allowing alfresco dining in good weather and even to hold sandwiches and snacks when sailing.
The boat can be manually steered using the large steering wheel, behind which is another seat. On both sides at the very back of the boat are large lockers one of which holds a generator should we need more than just what the light or wind can provide.
Finally the mid section of the rear seat is removable and a swim platform with ladder attached allows easy access to swimming and also for boarding on and off when either moored stern too or from the dinghy. Within this area is a small shower used to get the worst of sand or salty water off when boarding after enjoying the beach or sea.
Above all of the cockpit is a large bimini to protect us from the heat of the sun (and occasionally the rain).
Attached to the back of the boat are the wind generator and wind steering gear.