News – December 2020:
After 9 years ownership and 4.5 years full-time live aboard cruising, we have sold Seabreeze and have started a new adventure slowly discovering parts of Oz that we have missed ……… by road.
We acquired seabreeze, a Lagoon 380 (hull number 241, first commissioned in 2004), in 2011.
Since then we have been upgrading and adding to make seabreeze more comfortable and able to full fill the role of both full time live aboard home and office from October 2015 to October 2019.
Due to the immediate need to continue working requiring regular internet access, our planned cruising area, has been coastal cruising along the east coast of Australia, primarily Queensland.
We have aimed to make her comfortable and easily managed to suit our type and location of cruising, without going overboard on luxury and unnecessary items that would add undue weight and require excess power requirements.
Following is a summary of the systems currently fitted to seabreeze and used by us for cruising and work.
- A typical 4 double cabin and 2 head arrangement.
- We believe that this layout affords more storage space for us, plus the benefit of extra berths for when the kids and grand kids and friends, come to visit.
- Two new Yanmar 3YM30AEC 30HP diesel motors with SD25 sail drives. Currently in October 2020 with just 650 hours usage.
- Slipstream stainless steel, 2 blade folding propellors.
- Two x 120 litre fuel tanks.
RIG and SAILS
- Fractional sloop rig. Fully battened Main with 2 reefs and roller furling Genoa sails by Doyle Sails Whitsunday – October 2011.
- Mainsail in 10 oz Contender Fibercon (50sq m with a roach of 1.25 m, Genoa 31.44 sq m).
- Cockpit bimini cover – October 2015.
- Complete standing rigging replacement including all Turnbuckles and Fittings, Forestay, Capshrouds, Diamonds, Forward Jumper and Forebeam Bridal Wire – by Rope Solutions – February 2018.
- Doyle APC (Assymetric Spinnaker) with Snuffer, flown off adjustable bridle – by Doyle Sails Queensland – April 2018.
- Zippered mainsail boom bag in Weathermax with lazy jacks by Doyle Sails Queensland – March 2019.
- Conversion of starboard genoa sheet to helm station for ease of sail handling.
- Winch Rite rechargeable electric winch handle.
- Networked Raymarine instruments at helm station. Includes wind, depth, speed and auto pilot.
- Networked Raymarine a77 multi-function display with wifi, chart plotter, fish finder and AIS overlay at navigation table.
- Networked GME AIS transceiver with splitter.
- Old Navman chart plotter as a backup at navigation table.
- Apple iPad with waterproof case mounted at helm station and powered by a 12 volt USB plug. Navionics navigation app as a redundant backup chart plotter as well as wifi linked to Raymarine a77 via the RayControl app to control and view all a77 functions.
- iPad also loaded with various other weather forecasting and navigation apps.
- GME VHF radio at navigation table (with external speaker at helm), plus GME hand held VHF with DSC.
- Four 120 amp hour (480 amp hour total) deep cycle batteries for the house bank.
- Two 90 amp hour starting batteries for the motors.
- 120 amp alternators on both motors charge when motors running.
- 2 off 327 watt E20 Sunpower solar panels (total 654 watts) mounted on the dinghy davits on a custom stainless steel frame that tilts from horizontal to 60 degrees aft to maximise the sun angle. Solar panel wired to a Morningstar Tristar MPPT 60 controller which is ethernet networked to the Dovado wifi router allowing viewing of solar performance on the laptops, iPad and iPhones via wifi.
- Two 40 amp 240 volt chargers when on shore power or running the Honda EU20i generator.
- All battery banks are connected via solid state Yandina 160 amp Combiners that allow charging by all sources (solar, engine alternators and 240 volt charger) to all batteries, then isolation of all banks when there is no charging source active.
- Honda EU20i portable generator as a backup when multiple cloudy days diminishes the solar output. Also used to run 240 volt power tools when required away from shore power.
- 1000 watt pure sine wave inverter. Used for charging appliances that we don’t have 12 volt adaptors for or other 240 volt appliances in the galley and power tools.
- Enerdrive battery monitor to monitor the condition and state of charge of the batteries.
- Multiple 12 volt power outlets in all cabins, saloon and cockpit.
- Seabreeze is wired for 240 volt via safety cutout. There are 240 volt power outlets in all cabins and salon.
- Stereo radio, CD player with 4 speakers (in cockpit and saloon).
- 24″ TV’s with DVD player to salon and starboard aft berth. Also can serve as a extra computer monitor for Apple MacBooks via HDMI cable. GME powered TV antenna.
- One Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro and two 13″ MacBook Air laptop computers.
- All MacBooks can be hooked up to the 24″ LED TV to use as an external/second monitor.
- Dovado Pro 3G/4G wifi router – 12 volt. High gain RFI omni directional 3G/4G external antenna mounted to rear rail, which is hooked up to a 3G/4G USB modem plugged into the Dovado.
- Multiple USB3 powered 2.5″ external hard drives for files, photographs and backups.
- All computing equipment stored in a waterproof case for ultimate protection.
- All MacBooks are powered / charged via 12 volt charging adaptors.
PHOTOGRAPHY and VIDEO
- Nikon D800 digital SLR with various Nikon lenses.
- Nikon AW100 all weather underwater camera.
- GoPro Hero 4 with various mounts.
- All camera equipment stored and carried in a Lowerpro backpack with waterproof camera compartment.
- Photo editing with Photoshop CS.
- 12 volt fans to all cabins and saloon.
- FlexiScreen insect screens to all hatches.
- All lighting including navigation, cockpit, internal lighting use low draw LED fixtures.
- Two 300 litre fresh water tanks (total 600 litres). Pressure fresh water system to all taps and showers with an additional manual foot operated pump to the galley sink.
- SensaTank 100 water level monitor to both tanks – February 2015.
- 240v Rainman portable desalinater for producing fresh water from sea water. Produces 140L/hr & fitted in aft lazaret – August 2015.
- Engine and 240 volt powered hot water heater. Hot water to galley and both heads.
- External shower on stern boarding steps.
- Tecma Nelson two burner propane stove, oven and separate griller – August 2017.
- Weber Baby Q barbecue on pushpit.
- 110 litre front opening fridge converted to smart 12 volt / 240 volt Ozefridge eutectic system – June 2012.
- Engel 38 litre portable fridge / freezer.
- Electric macerater toilets hooked up to individual large holding tanks.
- Mercury Quicksilver Dynamic 300 RIB tender with 8 HP Mercury outboard – December 2011.
- High pressure salt water deck wash system to wash anchor and clean up deck eg after catching fish – November 2015.
- Bimini over cockpit – October 2015, with zip down clears to front – March 2019.
- Removable custom made cockpit side curtains to bimini sides in Weathermax – April 2018, and shade cloth over trampoline.
- Custom made colour matched UV resistant coated trampoline in Offshore 3/8″ Polyester Open Net, Coated Pacific Blue – Sunrise Yacht Products, Florida U.S.A. – February 2014.
- 30kg Sarca Excel anchor – December 2013, with 70M of Lofrans galvanised 10mm short link Grade 40 chain rode – April 2019.
- Spare Alloy #5 Sarca Excel anchor with removable shank, with chain and Polyester rode – May 2019.
- Lofrans Tigress 1200 watt electric anchor winch with both corded and cordless remote controls.