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Ariadne is a Rustler 36 launched in Falmouth in 1995. She was built by Orion Marine, now called Rustler Yachts. Their website has full details of the standard boat  (see builders spec).

Dairne and I wanted to be able to sail her by ourselves, so we had a few additional extras to make handling easier as we approached retirement age. The principal ones were

- Single Line Reefing

- Electric anchor windlass

- Portable inner forestay for a heavy  weather jib

- An entry-level ST50+ radar

- ST 4000 tiller autopilot

- Addition of a GPS and chart plotter to the

  standard ST50+ instruments

- A multi instrument at the chart table so we  could access most of the data

- An additional locker for glassware

- An up-mast stowage for a telescopic  spinnaker pole

- Tank Tender tank guaging

- Eberspacher cabin heating

- Some extra safety features such as  fireproofing of cockpit drains

- A boarding ladder

- A large holding tank

- Additional lockers over bunks in forecastlle

- Root berth bunks in main saloon

- Double bunk insert in main saloon

When Ariadne was built, the standard engine was the Yanmar 3GM 27hp. It makes 6kts in calm conditions with a clean hull, but suffers a speed reduction to well under 5kts against wind and a chop. (The standard is now a Nanni ). The engine has performed well for nearly 3500 hours

As our intended cruising area was NW Europe we initially specified the simple Supercool unit, but when we started to go south into Biscay, we found it could not cope with temperatures exceeding 30°C.   Eventually we fitted a Waeco fridge unit. It has proved wonderfully successful, and we have had ice for our gin and tonics even in the greatest heatwaves.

On the advice of Terry Eagle, I fitted the fridge in the cockpit locker. This was at the absolute limit of the standard length of piping between fridge and compressor, but it means that the heat generated by the compressor does not go into the cabin.We have had not problems of heat build up in the cockpit locker... so far!. I did, however, add a ‘door’ that should reduce the risk of water coming through the cockpit locker hatch getting into the fridge electrics.

I am  convinced that the Waeco unit uses a lot less power than the Supercool unit.

There  have been many minor modifications over the years, and these are discussed in the other technical pages.

Building Ariadne (above)

Builders Specification

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