Thursday, February 26, 2015

Jeanneau Sun 2000

The Jeanneau Sun 2000 is a very smart, lifting-keel trailer sailer. She has a displacement of 1170 kilograms and an overall length of 21’ 9”. This particular boat* is a ‘comfort’ version and she’s recently been re-sprayed. Here is a description of her interior by the broker, Clarke and Carter at Burnham-on-Crouch:

Four berths with sitting headroom. Comfort version. The cabin consists of two saloon berths (6' 7" long) with stowage beneath either side of a removable table. Forward are two galley areas to port and starboard fitted with a sink with manually pumped water supply and water tank with removable single burner gas cooker opposite. The forepeak has a double berth (6' 3" long) with space for a chemical toilet and storage beneath. Light and ventilation are provided by a circular fore hatch, two opening portlights and two adjustable spotlights. Teak fit out with teak veneer sole boards, green velour upholstery and light vinyl fabric hull linings throughout.

Here’s what the broker says of her construction:

Jeanneau Sun 2000 Comfort built by Jeanneau, France in 2002. Green GRP hull (professionally resprayed in August 2014) with style stripes. Self draining cockpit. Port and starboard cockit lockers. Tiller steering to removable and lifting rudder (new frame and bushes 2014). Bow roller. Self draining anchor locker. Aluminium and teak toe rails. Lifting GRP keel with Spinlock clutch in cockpit.

A few thoughts:

She’ll have a lively performance, and she’ll be a good club racer. With a crew of two, who know what they are doing, she’ll be great for coastal cruising. Upkeep will be minimal, and if she is kept at home, the expense of mooring her in a marina can be avoided.

*Jeanneau Sun 2000 for Sale £9,995 (Featured here on 26.02.2015)

Clarke and Carter – International Yacht Brokers and Main Agents for Jeanneau
Jeanneau Owners Network

Jeanneau Sun 2000 Presentation

5 Jeanneau Sun 2000 for Sale between £5,700 and £12,000

Jeanneau Sun 2000 for Sale £8495
Jeanneau Sun 2000 Technical Specs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Not How? But Why?

Big Bang Theory?

Eddie Redmayne is in the news for receiving two prestigious best film actor awards - firstly from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and secondly from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, commonly known as the Oscars Academy. He portrayed Stephen Hawking in the film, ‘The Theory of Everything’.

Stephen is both a physicist and cosmologist. He has devoted his life to working on theories explaining the origin of the universe and the nature of life. As far as I understand it, these theories substantiate his belief that there are four forces underpinning existence. He also believes there is a single, over-arching theory, a ‘Theory of Everything’, upon which the other theories can hang. It has been his quest to discover this fundamental theory. He thinks it will provide a definitive answer to the question of how the universe came into being.

Time is running out for him. Not only is he getting older, but he suffers from a rare and crippling form of motor neuron disease.

Sadly, many people are like Stephen. They spend their entire lives asking wrong questions, and it’s no surprise when they come up with irrelevant answers. Instead of asking, “How?” the question should be, “Why?”  “Why am I here?” Not ‘”How am I here?”

Theories of general relativity, quantum field technology, super symmetry, and the like, will never tell us why we are here. Spending billions on the Large Hedron Collider in Switzerland to discover a missing particle in support of a theory will not tell us why we are here, nor will it tell us the truth that we are more than a collection of chemicals, neutrons and protons. We already know this to be true. We are more than mere matter.

Physicists like Hawkins dedicate their lives to seeking the origin of the universe on the premise that they are rational human beings able to find the answer. At the same time they may acknowledge they have a conscience, and claim to know the difference between right and wrong, but to believe there is life beyond death - that is another matter! To accept they have a soul or a spirit that will live beyond death, they completely deny.

If they know the difference between right and wrong, and if they have a conscience, why do they not ask questions such as: “Why am I as I am?” “Why do I do things I’m ashamed of?” “Why can I reason?” “Why do I have feelings?” and “Why am I here?”? If they are of God’s elect, He will provide them with the answers and He will reveal Himself to them.

He does this through the revelation of His Son Jesus, and by the power of the Holy Spirit who speaks through God’s reference book, the Bible. This is not a dissertation of theories purporting to provide scientific answers as to how the world came into being, but it does give us God’s answers as to why He created it and why He created us. It tells of His wondrous love through the provision of His Son who suffered, died and rose again to bring us to Himself to love and adore Him for ever.

There is nothing theoretical about the words of Jesus. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hunter Horizon 27 and the Hunter Pilot 27

Hunter Pilot 27

Hunter Pilot 27

Hunter Pilot 27 transom

Hunter Horizon 27 TK

Hunter Horizon 27 TK

On 11th October, 2010 I posted an article* featuring the Hunter Pilot 27 and I could only find praise for her. I am still of the same opinion, and I have added new photos of a Pilot 27 here.

There are a lot of similarities between the Hunter Horizon 27 and the Pilot 27, but the latter has the advantage of dual steering - from within the cabin or from the cockpit. She also has more headroom all-round, which is particularly useful in the aft cabin, as the Horizon 27’s is minimal to say the least - some may describe the enclosure as claustrophobic.

The Horizon 27 has a double berth in the forepeak with under bunk storage. In the saloon there are comfortable settee berths to port and starboard of a permanently fixed fold-down table.  On the port hand side next to the companionway there’s a heads compartment. Forward of this there’s a navigation table. Opposite on the starboard side there’s a galley with a single stainless steel sink, ice box and a cooker with an oven and grill. The aft cabin houses a cramped double berth with access to it on the starboard side.

*Hunter Pilot 27

 Other Links

Hunter Horizon 273

Hunter Association

British Hunter

Hunter Horizon 27 Twin Keel (Sold, but good photos)

Hunter Horizon Twin Keel for Sale £15,500

1989 Hunter Horizon 27 for Sale £14,995

Hunter Horizon 27 for Sale £8,495

Hunter Horizon 273

Hunter Association

British Hunter

1990 Hunter Horizon 27 OOD for Sale £13,995

1990 Hunter Horizon 27 OOD for Sale £13,750

Monday, February 23, 2015

Gib’Sea 76

Efficient twin keels

Clean lines - lifting rudder

Horizontal aft cabin port set in transom

A Gib'Sea 77 - note her windows

At 26’ 10” LOA the Gib’Sea 76 is 10” longer than her less attractive predecessor, the Gib’Sea 77. I say less attractive in an aesthetic sense, because the unique smoked Perspex ‘wrap-around’ windows of the 76 look to me much prettier and more functional than the standard semi-pointed side windows of the 77. Another advantage of the longer boat is that she has the added privacy of a well-illuminated aft cabin. Take note of the long rectilinear window built into the transom for providing light in the aft cabin. There are more ports for this cabin either side of the companionway that are not visible in my photos. She has a removable washboard in the transom that gives easy access to a fold-down stainless steel boarding ladder.

The Gib’Sea 76 was in production between 1984 and 1990. She was designed by Groupe Graal for boat manufactures Gilbert Marine. Prospective purchasers could choose between buying one with a fin keel, drop keel, or with twin keels. The drop keel version had a draught of only 2’ 7” when fully raised, but for clearance at that depth, her rudder had also to be raised to the maximum setting.

Quite a lot of thought went into the functional aspects of the boat; for example, notice the neat shaping of the starboard pushpit for mounting a lifebuoy, and the full length alloy toe rails for keeping the crew safe when doing deck work. Although not shown in my photographs of ‘It’s Only Me’, she  is fitted with a furling Genoa. Her two-bladed folding prop and shaft are supported by a ‘P’ bracket. She is most probably powered by a Volvo Penta 9 HP diesel engine mounted in a soundproofed compartment. Not many boats of her size have six berths: a double ‘V’ up forward, two settee berths in the main cabin, and a large double in the aft cabin.

Her lines indicate that she has a good turn of speed, and if her interior is identical to the one illustrated by photos in the archives* of Yachtsnet. co. uk she is indeed a comfortable boat.


*Gib’Sea 76

The Gib’Sea Association

Gib’Sea 76 for Sale £12,000

Gib’Sea 76 for Sale £9,450 (Fin Keel)

Gib’Sea 76 Not for Sale

Gib’Sea 76 Sold £12,000

Gib’Sea 77 for Sale £7,950

Sailboats of Groupe Graal

Gib’Sea 77 – Sailboat

Saturday, February 21, 2015

François Vivier - Naval Architect

François Vivier




Here’s a short introduction to François Vivier, a very experienced and respected French naval architect who has designed numerous sailing boats, many of them suitable for building by amateurs. His designs range from the smallest pram dinghy to the 17.2 metre Quimper. She is based on the lines of a traditional mid-19th century lugsail coastal trader.

His Ilur* is perhaps his most well-known design. Over a thousand plans have been sold. She’s a traditional styled open boat propelled by a loose-footed lugsail and with oars. There’s an option to have her rigged with a balanced lugsail, but I’m not so keen on this, on account of the boom. The clinker version can be obtained in the form of a NC cut plywood kit.

My favourite Vivier design is his Méaban**.  She’s a 6.8 metre cruising yacht with a centreboard that does not intrude into the cabin. Good use is made of her interior by having two berths, a small galley, several lockers, a sliding chart table, a folding table for when at anchor or in harbour, and a toilet in the forepeak. The auxiliary engine comes in the form of a 4 to 6 HP outboard mounted in a well, which is forward of the rudder, but aft of her large cockpit. She can be rigged as a gaff sloop or Bermudan sloop.


François Vivier Naval Architect

François Vivier Designs



Méaban Sail Plan and Cabin Layout (PDF)

Contact details:
François Vivier
7, avenue des Courtils
44380 Pornichet

Tel : + 33 2 28 54 97 86
Mobile : + 33 6 74 54 18 60
Fax : + 33 811 386 298
Mail : fr(at)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Additions to the Blog

Paradox 'Faith'

Folksong 'Zeta'

I’m happy to say that readers now have direct access to my articles about Small Sailboats and my Cruising Logs. You’ll see links to them near the top right-hand corner below the header photo.

Adding them was a major breakthrough. I’ve tried several times in the past when using Internet Explorer as my operating system, but by resorting temporarily to Google Chrome I’ve been successful.

This should enable readers to see many articles posted over several years. I hope they will prove useful and enjoyable.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Disposal of Surplus Possessions

Loft junk

More loft junk

Homes with two cars

More homes with many cars

I recently received an email from a sailing friend who said he was about to start a new boat building project. His plan was to first get rid of a collection of bicycles, but to keep the most liked one - the most comfortable and efficient. This will free him to concentrate on his new project, and to make space for undertaking it. No doubt, he will sell his unwanted bicycles to help finance the new project.

On the same principle of making space, my wife and I periodically sort through bits and pieces that accumulate in our loft. We then get rid of things we think will be of no future use.  Likewise, now and again, we rummage through wardrobes and drawers to select clothing we no longer wear, and to donate it to a local charity shop.

It is surprising how much junk accumulates over a period of a year. There’s never enough room to put it. Even our garden shed is bung full of stuff! A temporary solution has been to stack surplus items behind the shed and to cover them with tarpaulins. Unfortunately, these particular possessions belong to one of our daughters, and we are holding them in trust until she can find room to store them.

Recently, a different daughter set aside time for sorting out her attic. She found possessions she and her husband had forgotten they owned. The exercise - and I mean exercise – took her many hours. Repeatedly climbing up and down a ladder, plus sorting through the contents of boxes to determine what was worth saving, required much effort, besides effort expended disposing of them.

The principle behind reducing ones possessions is that it brings rewards. There is a mistaken belief that the more we own, the richer we are. The truth is, that the less we own, the richer we are! This would appear to be a paradox, but let me explain: Possessions are a hindrance, because they require time, money and effort for maintaining and looking after them. They can be, and often are, a cause of anxiety and grief - especially if we set our heart on them and something untoward happens to them. We then look to the insurance company for compensation, but things that have been irreparably lost are gone for ever; they cannot be replaced, except perhaps by like for like items. Artefacts that have been repaired are never the same.

There comes a time in life when it is sensible to shed a number of possessions, even to downsize considerably. We see this with pensioners who are on fixed incomes. They no longer have the means for increasing their possessions, and they see the wisdom of simplifying their lives. This can be a rewarding experience, for it gives them time for doing things they could never have done before. They are no longer burdened with unnecessary possessions, and they are freed of stress and anxiety brought about through ownership. There’s a double bonus if their siblings have left the nest!