Sesha is our small and simple, yet adequate yacht. We purchased her in February 2015 for $8,000 in need of some TLC. So up she went onto the hardstand to get fixed up and ready to cruise. Our planned departure was May 2015.
Now our girl may only be 30 foot but she is very, very roomy inside. She also has 2 decent sized quarter berths that you allow you to sit up in, which we are lucky to have on a boat this size. It means we can fill them up with junk! No, actually one has acted as my study room / office, while the other is where we keep the spare sails unless friends are aboard, then they become the guest quarters.
One thing we love about having a small and simple boats is there are less things to break, therefore less things to repair, therefore more time to play! There are no power hungry refrigerators, TV’s or electric water pumps. There is no indoor shower or hot water system. This all keeps our electrical system easy with no need for large battery banks or inverters. Our boat runs off a 100 amp battery, charged by a 140 watts of solar panels. We have a second 100 amp battery to start the engine, which we periodically put the 40 watt solar panel on if it needs a top up.
She has a Yanmar 15hp diesel engine which is small, but so far has done the trick. She is lovely to sail and easy to manoeuvre, reminding us of our first boat, a Hartley 16 trailer sailor. She is also set up for single handed sailing with all controls coming back to the cockpit in an uncomplicated system.
With already quite a few sea miles under her keel by previous owners (circumnavigation of Australia, and a trip to New Zealand and back ) we are happy to be putting a few more miles under her and definitely feel like she’s a keeper. The more we sail her the more we are appreciating her, including her smallness and simplicity.
Remember go small, go simple, go now.