"Alexandra" is a Bristol 27 build in 1973. Solid fibreglass construction lasts a long time, but the original teak is beginning to fail (crack all the way through) in many places as well as much of the original rigging components (like gooseneck fitting) etc..

The standing rigging is 7mm dynex dux with bronze turnbuckles and chainplates. It has worked well, and I believe this type of rigging will outlast stainless, as 3 years of UV from sunlight has not appeared to cause much degradation. Other benefits include, reduced weight and cost, increased lifetime and strength, no loss of strength due to repeated cycles (work hardening) or rust/corrision, ability to splice end to end or eye (no need for swage fittings), and a much better grip for the hands. The sails either use very smooth bronze hanks (not worn to sharp edges from wire rigging) or soft shackles made from half a meter of spectra (spaceless eye splice and stopper knot) resulting in very low wear, weight, and friction (although it takes a little longer to switch sails)

The solar array of 365 watts (reduced from 480 watts due to the unfortunate actions of maritime New Zealand), is a bit underpowered for the leakage of my large but old flooded battery bank so equalization is difficult. My largest consumer of power is the netbook computer and 12 volt electric fan followed by the 12 volt electric cooker (used on sunny days) and electric outboard motor (currently none installed) Some electric tools use a lot of power but the duration is very short, and lights and radios pumps etc use minimal power consumption.

Water storage, 50 liters. Have never held less than 20 liters even on long passages. Rain is collected from solar panels and sails. Can produce up to 1 liter (sunny tropical) of water daily in inflatable solar still. Forward osmosis for emergencies, and dehumidifier (takes 250 watts) can produce 1 liter per hour.

Self steering: monitor wind vane with oversized air vane for light air.

3 Thru holes: 2 cockpit drains, and sink drain.

Pumps: Rule mate 750 (primary), 500 and 3000 for spare/emergency.

Jordan Series Drogues: 60 on 5/8in nylon doublebraid

Sails include:


Ground tackle
7.5kg and 10kg bruce style anchors. 60 meters of 8mm chain, is severly rusted and unlikely to last more than another year. 15 meters of 8mm BBB chain in good shape, 60 meters of 5/8" and 150 meters of 1/2" nylon 3 braid.

Running Rigging

Sculling oar
Provides propulsion of .5-1.5 knots in dead calm (depending on effort) and is very useful for maneouvering and reaching wind in windless conditions.

Wood stove
Constructed from an old LPG gas cylinder. Originally installed inside the boat in South island New Zealand winter for heat, drying and cooking. During cold rain, running a small wood fire makes the atmosphere in the boat feel like a warmer dry day. Very little mildew can grow in the boat, and it is easy to dry clothes and keep warm. The steel flue pipe rusted through completely and cracked in half after 1.5 years of continuous use, most likely due to having many waves dump sea water both on and down the pipe while it was red hot as well as buring so much salty wet driftwood. In any case, the cylinder is less than half rusted (should last another 1.5 years) and the stove is now used outdoors (in cockpit) which is better in the tropics anyway. It is used as both a stove and oven for baking and roasting.

Other appliances include

Hand tools

Besides a few small personal items, this basically covers all the equipment onboard.

For the past 4 years I have relied only on wind, currents, solar, firewood, and human power (food) for energy sources. This is partly because they are the most clean, convenient, and efficient, as well as the most beautiful. But another important reason is to show plainly that in this age one can easily and comfortably live traveling anywhere in the world at minimal expense without consuming any fossil fuels. I ask kindly that anyone who is guilty of consuming fossil fuels to please stop your selfishness so that the world can be peaceful and clean for all.