Fresh water and electrical capacity on board have historically been a major concern for sailors. Refilling your water tanks in Greece is not a simple procedure for most of the times. The shortage of marinas and the lack of organized structures in most small ports make water refilling, a time (precious holiday time) consuming and unpleasant exercise that can last up to a few hours in certain cases. Recognizing its importance for comfortable holidays, SeaStar Sailing has taken action to reduce the problem on all of its new boats. The new Sun Odyssey 449 boats have all been ordered to the shipyard with an extra water tank, bringing the total capacity to 530 litres, which will allow an attentive group of 6-8 people to refill only once during an one week vacation. The Dufour 382 has an impressive (for its size) 360 litres capacity as standard, which will also allow a smaller attentive group of 4-6 people to refill only once (or twice) during an one week vacation.
Electricity is used by the fridge, the electric water pumps, the lights, the fans, the instruments, the radio, etc. Any attempt to reduce its consumption results in clear discomfort. Boats that are bigger than 50ft have the space to be fitted with a diesel generator. For smaller boats, the combination of solar panels and a large number of batteries seems to work very well. No client aboard our 449s has ever complained about electricity shortage. However, it is only fair to mention that investing in led lighting throughout the boats is helping a lot to achieve a very low consumption.
Safety at sea has always been at the top of our priorities and this has been depicted at the level of equipment carried by our boats. Apart from the EPIRB, the life-raft, the vests, the safety harnesses, the fire fighting equipment and all the things required by laws and regulations, care has been taken by providing on all our boats all the things that a prudent sailor would carry on his private boat.
Besides the normal instruments and auto-pilot expected from all boats, GPS plotters and AIS transceivers are standard pieces of equipment on all of our new boats. Plotting on a GPS screen creates an awareness of location, which contributes a lot to safe navigation. Letting the big boats around you to know through AIS that you are a sailing boat (and not a fast moving speedboat) adds an additional layer of protection from human misjudgment.
Anchoring (stern to the shore) is the predominant way of mooring in Greece, either in ports or in coves out in the open sea space. That is why we feel that we had to provide a whole anchoring system to our guests rather that just an anchor, some chain and some ropes. A good anchor (like Delta), special swivels between the anchor and the chain, a very long chain (85m for the 449s), colored plastic chain markings for length estimation, an electric windlass, chain attachment to the boat and a self-leveling buoy to mark the anchor position in the sea, are all standard equipment at the bow section of our new boats. A second anchor with 10m of chain and 50m of rope is also provided as standard auxiliary equipment. Fenders of various shapes and sizes with cloth covers protect each boat when moored in crowded ports.
Comfort in the cockpit area is provided by a well designed sprayhood with an opening central section, a large bimini with jockey for the the helmsman, teak cockpit floor, teak cockpit seats and comfortable cockpit cushions in leatherette. A hot and cold water cockpit shower is available too. A good quality tender and Honda’s latest air-cooled outboard engine are provided as standard on all boats of our premium fleet at no extra cost. Flippers, masks and snorkles and various water toys are also provided on every boat.
Comfort inside the boat is enhanced by sanitary covers to all beds, good quality linen, blinds and mosquito screens to all hatches, electric fans, and led lights. Large capacity refrigerators relative to the yacht size have also been a selection criterion for our yacht acquisitions. A stereo system with radio, speakers both inside the boat and out in the cockpit and usb auxiliary input port (ready for connection of your own devices) can provide your kind of entertainment at all times.