Fánaí is a round bilge version of the world famous long keeled 36ft Alan Pape, Ebbtide design, which is renowned as a traditional style cruising yacht ideally suited for long ocean passages and comfortable live aboard life styles. Built and fitted out by the owner, she was launched in August 2003. Accommodation consists of a large forecabin, heads, saloon with dining table, galley and navigation station and 2 aft cabins. There is ample wardrobe space and storage for foodstuffs, etc. She has 6 berths. One double berth in the forward cabin, 2 saloon berths and 2 quarter berths. She has a Yanmar 4JH3 56hp 4-cylinder diesel engine and fuel tankage to give a range in the region of 1,500 nm.
Her rudder is transom hung which makes for safety at sea and also for ease of self steering. She is equipped with a Hydrovane self steering wind vane system but can also be made to self steer on many points of sail simply by careful attention to sail trim and balance. She has a wide flush deck, many handholds, substantial stanchions, lifelines and granny bars near the mast which all make for safety while offshore. There are no holes in the deck. All gear (mostly stainless steel) has been attached to stainless steel backing plates which are themselves welded directly to the hull. This was done to stop any ingress of moisture and to make for easy maintenance. The hull, deck and insides of the craft were all shot blasted professionally and epoxy primed immediately to prevent any oxidation of the steel. After two coats of epoxy the interior was sprayed with expanded polyurethane foam which has resulted in an extremely dry interior. Books can even be left aboard in Ireland in winter!
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