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ARIADNE - TRUE

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TRUE - GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Above decks

True is cutter rigged, with a furling Yankee and self-tacking staysail. The mainsail is cut with the boom angled up from a gooseneck almost at deck level. This means there is no kicker, but there are two vangs that sort of act as a kicker and gybe preventer. The reasoning for this is related to tradewind sailing - the boom end will not get to the water when you roll. We are getting used to it. There is a separate track on the mast for a trysail.


The cockpit does not feel like a centre cockpit perched on top of the boat. It is deep, rather small, and sheltered by a fixed screen, hood and Bimini, giving essential protection from the strong UV experienced in NZ.


One of the twin backstays is insulated as an aerial for the SSB radio. The small aerial mast aft carries radar, a wind generator, 2 gps aerials and supports a solar panel over the liferaft. The deck and coachroof construction is glass over ply. It is in amazingly good condition. There is a swimming platform aft, slightly obstructed by the Aries windvane gear.


Aft and forward there are huge deck lockers for stowing dinghies,beach gear, anchors and fenders. There is a powerful electric anchor winch. The 4 sheet and 2 halyard winches are powerful and in good condition.


The standing rigging was replaced in 2014 and the opportunity was taken to modernise the mast electrics.


Below decks


The chain locker is open to the f’cle, which contains 2 berths in a vee (adequate for the children for a year or two more). Moving aft, there is an elegant shower room with extractor fan. The loo has been modified to include a nominal holding tank to comply with NZ regulations Opposite the shower space is an immense storage area with wardrobe, cupboards, drawers and plenty of shelf space, The TV has been removed. The main saloon has a centre table, with benches each side. On one side there is a pilot berth behind the benches, and on the other, immense cupboard space. There is plenty of underbunk storage. All locker lids and doors have retainers against the risk of opening in bad weather.


Moving further aft, there is a navigation station of some complexity to stbd, and the galley to port. The galley has pressurised hot water, hand pumped cold fresh and seawater. A large stove, and a large freezer with a seawater heat exchanger making it efficient. There is another fridge in the alley to the aft cabin, but it is less efficient.


The aft Cabin contains a double bunk and lots of storage.

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