156 years later Mermaid is once more a smart racing yacht. The hull is finished in jet black gloss to topsides with cappings in oak and finished in UV varnish. The West (Wood Epoxy Saturatrion Technique) System has been used throughout with materials bought from Wessex Resins. Their technical advisor, David Johnson, provided valuable support throughout the project. Mermaid's deck and hull are watertight. The cabin top is pine and varnished, the decks are sanded pine. The engine is a Beta 95 hp through a hydraulic pump motor into 2 x Hercules 2.1/1 reduction drive motors, 1/1/4 shafts with flexi couplings and deep sea seals. Conventional stern tube arrangements in bronze/oak construction, outer cutlass bearings, driven by 2 x 18" Fully Folding Max Props, (twin screw) developing apx 40 hp per shaft. The anticipated hull speed should be between 8 and 9 knots. The rudder is traditionally hung with no aperture.
There is an up rated alternator, additional fuel lift pump, stainless steel fuel tank under bunk, dedicated engine battery, deck fitted hydraulic oil tank approximately 100 litres, all controls lead on deck and are situated under the deck locker in the centre of the aft deck. All fittings are discrete. There is a Tack Tick instrument system fitted with twin transducers for maximum accuracy controlled by the Wind Vane. The displays are to starboard of the companion way. Garmin 40/10 gps/map provides Chart plotter information with card, interface to Garmin DSC VHF. The water system is via on demand taps with hot and cold outlets to galley and heads. All deck gear, which is considerable and fitted for ease of handling, is by Harken. The Rigging is by All Spars of Plymouth, formed around the unique Pettersen swage forged shackle principal,. There are 6 varnished spars in a mix of Douglas Fir and Spruce: main mast, top mast, boom, gaff, bow sprit, spinaker pole. The detailed fixings are in oak for reefing and halyard usage. All fittings are bespoke in stainless steel. The Sails (main, stay sail, small jib, & big jib) are all Sailtech. There are canvas covers for the main sail, main sliding hatch, forward hatch, winch, and seat over the engine.
Below decks there is a two berth cabin forward, with dead light with gold leaf surround. There is a forward hatch to port, heads to starboard, saloon with 4 berths, galley area, sink, gas hob, fridge, chart table. There is a large opening sky light in the saloon. Access to engine is behind the companion way steps and through the deck locker. All upholstery is navy blue.
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