Because of the shallowness of the ocean waters and the numerous coral heads in the area we had chosen for this year's trip, the Captain suggested we charter a catamaran. The Alexian best met our capacity and price requirements.
She was registered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Type of boat: Catamaran
Builder: Leopard 38
Engine: Yanmar 2 x 39hp (3JH5E) -- one in each hull
Passagers maximum: 6
Heads: 2 + 1 separate shower compartment
The helm was equipped with many modern instruments, including a compass, a GPS system and a depth finder.
The main anchor was managed using a remotely controlled windlass motor. There was a secondary anchor but the conditions were not rough enough to require its use on this trip.
There were two Genoa Jib sails as well as a fully-battened Main sail. We didn't use the smaller Jib sail and found it to be more of a nuisance than an asset. All winches were manual -- yes, we had to winch the sails using good ol' muscle power. To raise/lower the Main sail the First Mate and Hubby had to balance on the deck at the foot of the mast and crank a winch while being sure the clutches under the boom didn't stick -- not an easy task when the boat was rocking.
The dinghy could be raised into position above the aft dive platform using one of the manual winches, but only after removing the heavy outboard motor and securing it to its position at an aft guard rail post.
The auxiliary solar panel, something we did not have on previous charters, did a good job of keeping the refrigerator powered.