Notes

Bit-by-Bit

Bit-by-Bit

She was (is) a real boat although not the one used in the story. BeeBee was my own boat from 2000 to 2001 and she and I sailed about 15,000 miles on an attempted solo-circumnavigation. It came to halt when we were wumped on by Hurricane Olga near Bermuda in November 2001.

My boat was a 47 foot, Catana Catamaran with a beam of just under 24 feet and a fully loaded weight of 28,000 lbs or 14 tons. And no, she didn’t talk or sail herself although she was equipped with electric winches and autopilot controls to allow me to manage her large sails on my own. And yes, sails, not a fixed wing. Back then, wings were a little too experimental for my purpose – alone at sea, didn’t want the rig to break in a way I couldn’t repair. One of the reasons that I stuck with a stayed rig rather than a carbonfibre unstayed approach.

Some photos for your enhanced reading pleasure:

Sunset midway across the Atlantic

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Starboard side on the day she was launched (Canet, France)

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Starboard hull looking aft

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Starboard hull looking forward to the head

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Starboard Hell Station – wheel and instruments

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Solar panels and the Satellite Phone (the white domed gadget below the panels. The wheel belongs to Byte-Me, BeeBee’s tender.

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The Salon

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Internal help station.

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Using the cockpit BBQ

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Port side. Launch day in Canet, France

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The galley area in the salon. The lexan sliding hatch visible behind the sink.

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Moored on Wappinger Creek, NY. USA.

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