This is the sail blog of Chris and Joyce, as they learn to sail their Manta 38 catamaran Saltrun. We are new sailors, and plan to explore the Caribbean and try to stay afloat. We plan to go to the beautiful Bahamas first, and then who knows! We are bringing along our dog Guincha, a rare dog called a Portuguese Podengo.
Saltrun- Introduction and Boat Tour
Our boat, Saltrun, is a Manta 38 catamaran, constructed in 1994 in Clearwater Florida. She is 38 feet long, and 21 feet wide, with a mast height of 63 feet, which makes her inter-coastal waterway bridge friendly.
Her design, like all Manta catamarans, was conceived with a cruising couple in mind. The entire port side is dedicated the owners, with a queen mattress, lots of storage, and a private head with a huge separate shower.
The salon is very large, and has a great galley, with new counters and appliances.
The refrigerator and freezer compartments are very big, and really hold a lot of food. There is a large chart table with two opening sections, and a great electrical panel with generator controls.
The starboard hull houses two cabins, one with a queen berth, and one forward with a double bed. There is a another head, also with a separate shower.
Power is provided by two Volvo 29hp diesels with saildrives, both engines were replaced in 2005, and run great. There is a generator that powers the two air conditioning systems, and as part of our refit we did when we purchased her, we added six solar panels and a charge controller to charge the batteries, totaling 720 watts. We can see up to 45 amps going to the batteries!
Our refit included new a canvas dodger, and side curtains, new sailbag and stackpack, new interior upholstery,new counters, batteries, all new hoses and through-hulls, new watermaker, custom woodworking, new table in the salon, all new plexiglass windows, mattresses, new double helm seat, infinity speakers, new elongated electric toilets and new waste hoses, new digital television and antennae, WIFI booster system, factory rebuilt windlass and new chain and anchor.... the list goes on and on. Include all new standing rigging, new headsail and newer mainsail of a Manta 42, and you get the picture. Pretty much a total refit over the last two years!