Aroundoceans with SV Emerald Sea

Our journey on water

25 March 2018 | Victoria. British Columbia
05 October 2017 | Victoria BC
24 August 2017 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
27 July 2017 | Reeds Bay, Hilo, Hawaii
10 July 2017 | Reeds Bay, Hilo, Hawaii
22 June 2017 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
18 June 2017 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
12 June 2017 | Humane, French Polynesia
05 June 2017 | Moorea, French Polynesia
05 June 2017 | Tahiti
07 May 2017 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
21 April 2017 | Fakarava, Tuamotu's, French Polynesia
05 April 2017 | Tahanea Atoll. Tuamotu's, French Polynesia
05 April 2017 | Makemo Atoll, Tuamotu's, French Polynesia
07 March 2017 | Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
20 February 2017 | Rikitea, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
14 January 2017 | Playita, Panama City, Panama
02 January 2017 | La Plait, Panama City
17 December 2016 | Isla Nargana
16 December 2016 | San Blas, Panama

Lagoon 450

17 July 2014
I quickly bought in that choosing a yacht is not without considerable choices, that there isn't a perfect boat out there and accepted that the choice is about 'compromises'. So Im OK with that!

A catamaran was an easier choice, made quite quickly for the many known reasons: space, stability, engine redundancy, etc. and least of not Rose's choice for a more stable platform. We owned a mono-haul motor yacht previously which heaved/rolled/yawed like a cork and Rose had a strong preference for more stability if we were to undertake long term cruising - there was no other choices!!

I reviewed and viewed many cats and shortlisted 4 and whittled that down to the Lagoon - eventually winning over on the space, the fly-bridge, layout, short handed control, sailability, affordability, etc.

Our boat is well optioned, strong and sturdy. I had reservations about the flybridge in deteriorating weather but after the Indian Ocean crossing have became an advocate of the control and visibility it offers - we have covers to roll down if needed for wind/spray protection. The yacht can be controlled from either the salon nav station or helm as needed. The wide hulls and weight allow for excellent displacement and handling in heavy seas.

We've undertaken a nr of upgrades/options to ready her for long term cruising including:

Q4 2015

- LiFePO4 house battery banks; Mastervolt Ultra 360Ah x2; MV 100A battery charger; various configuration adjustments for the lithium charging. Installed and commissioned by 3rd party (C-Dynamics SA).
- Watt&Sea 300W hydrogenerator.
- Iridium GO with PredictWind weather/forecast package

Q2 2014

- 980W Solar System built onto a custom designed frame: Sunpower E20-327s fitted to a Outback FM80 feeding house batteries and engine/genset batteries
- SSB: Icom 801e with Pactor 4/Airmail (courtesy of Bob Smith at Sailcom UK)
- Iridium Extreme satellite phone
- 2nd anchor: Rocna primary and Delta backup
- Gennaker: UK Sails 115m2 with Profurler
- Lots of safety ie R-10s, ISO liferaft, GPS EPRIB, fi-fi, Jonbuoy Rescue Module,etc
- Storm mangement hardware: Galerider drogue/warp/bridles; ATN storm jib
- Dive system: Bauer Jr and scuba sets
- 3G/Wifi modem: Locomarine Micro
- Active Radar: Echomax
- Dual Racor fuel filters fitted to each engine and genset
- Redundant nav systems incl paper charts
- Spares: where do we stop!!
- 1 of 3 showers turned into a storage locker system (who needs 3 showers!)
- Replacement of the bilge pumps (Rule out - Jabsco 3660 diaphragms with USS float switches in)

Factory Option:

- Dingy: Highfield OM350 with Honda BF20
- Gennaker: UK Sails 115m2 with Profurler
- Watermaker: Dessalator DUO100 12V/220V
- Onan-Cummins 11kVa generator
- Mastervolt 2000W inverter


Type: Catamaran
Manufacture/Country: Lagoon/France
Model: 450
Year Built: 2014
Registration/Flag: Langkawi, Malaysia
Call Sign: 9MTE2
CE Certification: A (12 persons)
LOA: 13.96m
Breadth: 7.8m
Draft: 1.3m
Displacement: 16Te lightships
Engines: Yanmar 2x 4JH5E/54HP with SD-60 Sail Drives; Flexofold 3 blade props
Fuel Capacity: 2x 500 liters; Aluminium tanks
Water Capacity: 525 liters n 3x tanks
Vessel Name: Emerald Sea
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 450
Hailing Port: Singapore
Crew: Steve P, Rosemarie P
This site charts the adventures and misadventures of our family and hopefully share some of the practical tips and tricks that we picked up along the way. As our experiences grows so will the site as we share with you our aroundoceans journey. [...]
We untied the ropes from Keppel Marina in Singapore in August 2014 and haven't looked back. Across the Indian and around South Africa into the South Atlantic Oceans, the leeward Caribbean and South Pacific....with many stops along the way. And now, perhaps finally for this chapter, British [...]
Emerald Sea's Photos - Main
Photos 1 to 10 of 10
Keeping our carbon footprint to a minimum! Solar array extending over cockpit.
Clean fuel is essential to a maintenance free engine. Racor Dual 500s with vacuum gauge. We use 5 and 10 micron filters.
Emerald from aft - offshore Singapore.
Axel with baracudda.
Axel installing the Ocean Safety life raft. This is an ISO Ocean series and one we hope never to use!
Axel underwater following turtles at Tioman.
Solar frame mount showing the upper supports.
Aft view during the solar system installation.
The storm jib being installed.  We will be seen!  Sail blogs took an upright photo and rotated it!
Hawaii was a stop over on our way to Canada however we were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our 3 weeks in Big Hawaii.
13 Photos
Created 27 July 2017
No Photos
Created 27 July 2017
A selection from 1000's of photos from out 6 months in French Polynesia. But were missing the photos from Gambier, Makemo, Tahanea.....
17 Photos
Created 27 July 2017
We transited the Panama Canal on 30-31st December 2016.
20 Photos
Created 2 January 2017
5 Photos
Created 17 December 2016
Barbados, Martinique, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada. A few of our photos captured here.
10 Photos
Created 22 October 2016
Photo fun...
3 Photos
Created 1 May 2016
10-15 April 2016
5 Photos
Created 1 May 2016
What doesn't fit into the albums will be found here....
15 Photos
Created 20 December 2015
26 June to 13 July 2015
16 Photos
Created 28 July 2015
5 February to 13 May 2015
17 Photos
Created 28 July 2015
17 July to 12 October 2015
16 Photos
Created 28 July 2015
29 May to 25 June 2015
20 Photos
Created 28 July 2015
16 April to 20 May 2015
18 Photos
Created 31 May 2015
Photos from Singapore to Langkawi
7 Photos
Created 12 November 2014
Our first 2 weeks out in East Malaysia (Sept 14)
5 Photos
Created 18 September 2014
Our Bon voyage party with our yachtie neighbors.
3 Photos
Created 24 August 2014
In June 14 we sailed up to Pulau Tioman for our first journey of living on this new boat and trialing new equipment including the drogue system, storm jib, solar system and other vessel installations.
6 Photos
Created 17 July 2014