Calypso is a Hans Christian/Union 36, based on a Robert Perry design. She is a 36-foot (44-foot LOA), cutter rigged, full keel double-ender. She was made in 1984 by the highly skilled Union yard in Taiwan. She is a fiberglass lady, weighing 10 tons with a 5 foot draft. For the full story of the Hans Christian/Union 36 see here
On Calypso we carry 8 sails: the mainsail with three sets of reef points + a spare mainsail, the staysail, the yankee and a big 150% genoa (called “The Red Devil”). These are all tan bark (red) except for the new main. The two headsails are roller furling on the Spintec system which is fantastically robust and low-tech. When there is not enough wind to fill these sails, we deploy a lightwind drifter or our beloved nylon gennaker, which we call “The Bad Boy”.
The Bad Boy in action (thanks to S.V. Wendaway for the picture!)
UPDATE: The Bad Boy is history. Somewhere off the coast of Mexico it opened in half and got replaced by an even better sail – The Parasailor
At anchor we use a riding sail off the backstay, which helps us to face into the wind. On top of our “Christmas wish list” there is a 100% jib.
Although we don’t like to use it and we seldom do, we also carry a diesel engine, a 50 hp Perkins 4-108.
We have 4 solar panels (4x50watt) and a Fourwinds wind generator, which charge our five batteries with a total of about 1000 amp hours. They are doing a very good job. We never have to start the engine to charge the batteries.
We carry 140 gallons of fresh water and 175 litres ( 45 gallons) of diesel in our tanks. We also have another 10 gallons of fuel and 30 gallons of water in the jerry cans on deck. We use about 2.5 gallons of water per day between us, which means that we are self sufficient for about 2 months before we need to fill our tanks again (assuming there is no rain).
We have three anchors. Our main anchor is a 44-pound Delta with 150 feet of 3/8 chain (and another 200 feet of nylon rode spliced to it), which shares the bowsprit with a 33-pound Bruce. A Lofrans-Tigres manual/electric windlass is used to raise and lower the anchors. When we anchor or leave an anchorage under sail (which we really love to do!), we use the manual windlass because without the engine running the electric windlass would drain our batteries. On the stern we carry a Fortress FX-23 to keep our bow pointed into the swell on rolly anchorages.
We have a West Marine inflatable dinghy with a Mercury 4hp outboard which we almost never use and only comes out of the bag when we have guests. We prefer to use our double inflatable kayak to go ashore, which is greener, quieter and keeps us fit.
For short distance communication Calypso carries a Standard Horizon VHF and a handheld. For long distance communication we have an Icom 710 HF radio. Our call sign is KD0RSM. We also have a SCS Pactor II modem to send email via HF radio waves.
We have a Simrad Robinson autopilot but have now fitted a Cape Horn Wind Vane self steering system (which works beautifully and is totally silent!)
In the galley Calypso has a 12-volt refrigeration and a three burner propane stove with an oven (very often used to make lasagnas, pizzas, cookies and bread!). When is too hot to cook inside, the BBQ on the stern rail is a real blessing.
We also have a Force 10 diesel heater which we have never had to use being mainly in the tropics.
When we bought this boat she already carried many things which we consider a luxury – a 2000W power inverter, a water heater (for hot showers!) and a Furuno radar.We would never have bought these items because we don’t find them necessary, but since we have them, we spoil ourselves by using them.
Our chartplotter is a Standard Horizon CP170C which is pretty old. That’s why we don’t rely only on it – we always have paper charts and we use Open CPN on both our laptops.
The Forepeak Berth
Sharing The Saloon With Friends
The Nav Station