We returned to Grenada in February 2016 for the start of our next three-month cruise, this time heading back north to the BVI where Thandiwe was provisioned ready for her delivery crossing to the Mediterranean and final destination at Lefkas Marina.
The photo shows Thandiwe being lowered into the water in Grenada after spending the hurricane season there on the hard. The in-boom crane can be seen here half extended, which demonstrates the mechanism that is used to raise and lower the tender onto the davits.
The large orange fender was found floating off the coast of Cuba during delivery to the Miami Boat Show and has proved very useful at times when docking in tight spaces.
Occasional engine inspection and repairs of the two Yanmar 57hp diesel engines and sail drives are easily carried out by the skipper via the access hatches located each side of the transom. No sleeping with engines under the beds on this boat, which leaves plenty of space for a washing machine, two Dahon fold-up bikes, and several large storage boxes.
Thandiwe’s machine room is accessed from the master cabin, where the Onan/Cummins 6kVA generator (a new warranty replacement), Mastervoltcharger and combi unit, and the Schenker water maker are located, leaving ample space to work in when necessary, or alternately providing extra storage space
Other nonstandard equipment on Thandiwe includes: Full Stazo cork decking, Black painted mast, boom and crossbar, Painted hulls (Awl Grip – Moondust), Quantum M Fusion sails, STIDD adjustable helm seat, Ultra 45Kg anchor with 100m chain (standard Delta 35Kg 50m chain), Garmin instruments and autopilot, MastervoltLi-ion batteries, Thrane & Thrane SatNav, Blue underwater LED lighting, Apple TV, Mac Mini with CD/DVD player, AirPort TimeCapsule, WiFi, Bose speakers, Bosch hoover, Nespresso coffee maker, Complete inventory of household related equipment, Samsung fully automatic washing machine, two trolling fishing rods with Shimano reels, and a 10’ 2’’ Icon inflatable paddle board.