Our First Boat

Awen is a 2020 Saona 47 Fountaine Pajot Catamaran. After a ton of research we settled on this boat, as the best comfort-oriented world cruising catamaran. She came out of the factory in La Rochelle, France on February 18, 2020, where we met her to begin our journey in the Mediterranean. We began the commissioning process which was halted halfway through due to the impact of COVID-19. After waiting patiently, we picked back up where we left off in July of 2020 and began our journey as liveaboard cruisers. We spent the first season continuing her outfitting and custom upgrades to prepare for short-handed world cruising, and moving her as far east into the Med as possible. Our goal was to spend the 2021 season cruising Croatia, Greece and Turkey. We ended our 2021 season in Turkey, where she is for the winter.

 

SOLD:  We are currently making the pivot to a performance catamaran and are excited to share the details as we go through the build. Learn more about why we sold our boat in our blog. 

COMING SOON!!! More details on our new boat. 

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In Breton, AWEN means divine inspiration and was used to describe the 'flowing energy that is the essence of life.'

It also refers to the muse who inspires us all towards our destiny and was derived from the word 'breeze.'

​The Basics

  • Maestro owners version 1 owner’s suite + 1 bathroom / 2 double cabins + 2 bathrooms

  • Comfort Package

  • Length over all 13.94 m / 46 ft

  • Beam over all 7.70 m / 25.3 ft

  • Displacement unloaded 13.8 T

  • Draft 1.3 m / 4.2 ft

  • Sail area 75 m² / 807 ft²

  • Genoa area 52 m² / 560 ft²

  • Power 2 x 60 HP Volvo Engines

  • Fresh water 185 US gallons / 700 l

  • Fuel 2 x 124 US gallons / 2 x 470 l

  • Berret - Raccoupeau Yacht Design

Saona 47 Interior Layout
Saona 47 Interior Layout

Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 Interior Layout

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Saona 47 Maestro Layout
Saona 47 Maestro Layout

Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 3 Cabin Maestro Layout

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Saona 47 Deck
Saona 47 Deck

Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 Deck Layout

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Saona 47 Interior Layout
Saona 47 Interior Layout

Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 Interior Layout

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Power

1950 Watts Solar, AGM, 2 Volvo 60HP

We set out thinking we were going to immediately adopt a lithium system, but when we were making the decision and doing our homework we couldn't get comfortable with it being ready for prime time. While the batteries have evolved, getting a great install across the entire power system was the biggest risk. We settled on traditional AGM batteries, but committed to a larger solar setup that we use for an upgraded lithium system later.

  • 2 60 HP Volvo Engines, 2 Volvo Folding Props with Linecutters

  • Raycor Fuel Filter System

  • Stainless Steel Solar Mount

  • 5 Sunpower Panels, 1950 Watts ​total

  • Six AGM Batteries, 150 Amp each

  • 2000 Watt Inverter

  • 5 x MPPT 100/30 Victron Controllers

  • 220V/50HZ Fischer Panda Genset

  • 230/50 HZ Main Power Grid

  • 2 x 115A/12V Alternators

Navigation

Garmin System

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We settled on the Garmin system but added a larger panel at the helm station and swapped the standard 10" to the salon nav station. We have augmented this with an iPad dedicated to navigation, a remote autopilot controller and a Garmin watch so we have an additional portable helm anywhere on the boat.

  • Garmin 1 Smart Cruising: Autopilot, VHF, AIS, GPS 7410, 2*multi GMI20

  • Radar system

  • 12" Garmin Panel at helm, 10" at nav station

  • Second VHF AIS at Helmstation  

  • Portable Autopilot Controller

  • Garmin Quatic 6 watch

  • Iridium GO

Sailing

Sails from Sail Design Italy

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The bulk of the post-commissioning work that was done was on the sail setup and helm configuration. We wanted to make sure just the two of us could sail the boat out of the gate and not default to motoring because we hadn't gotten this right up front. The FP boats out of the factory need extra things to make this possible.

  • FP Standard: Full batten CSR mainsail, Roller genoa fuller, Genoa with UV band

  • Bowsprit and gear for Gennaker

  • Profurl Genoa Furler

  • Extra Sails below courtesy Sail Design Italy

    • Code 0, 120 Nylon Bainbridge MPEX 350N with UV Cover

    • Gennaker A2 170 Nylon Bainbride MPEX 90, with stocking

    • Spinnaker Bainbridege MPEX 90, with stocking

  • 2 Electric Winches and 1 Manual Winch at helm

  • I Electric at Port Stern for davits & Spinnaker, switch at aft & helm

  • Added extra blocks and cleats to standard FP package

  • Upgraded all lines and sheets, factory lines and sheets are not good quality for regular sailing

  • Added preventer, guys, mooring cleats

  • Stern tie wheel with a 70 meter strap mounted outside of helm for two people to manage during stern tie maneuver 

Anchoring

The Bigger the Better

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Everyone drags anchor at some point but we would like to delay this as long as possible. We sized up on the anchor ad settled on a Mantus, which so far we have been really happy with. The anchor drops from under the trampoline versus out front like other catamarans, which we don't love because it takes two people to anchor.

  • 85lb Mantus Anchor with Swivel

  • 100 Meters 3/8 HTChain

  • Mooring Bridle and Snubbers

  • Freshwater Washdown system in Anchor Locker, switches between fresh and salt

  • Windlass Chain Counter at Helm

  • Sena Wireless Headsets, they massively improve our overall anchoring experience and reduce conflict

Dingy System

We LOVE Our Dingy by OC Tenders

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We are in love with our dingy from OC Tenders which we had shipped from New Zealand. The Saona comes with the option to add a swim platform, which is where the dingy would also sit but we wanted to simplify so we went with the standard davits. Then we added and electric winch on the back to help raise and lower the dingy when needed, though it's pretty easy also by hand.

  • OC Tender 350 with Alloy Underplate, Beachmaster Retractable Wheels, Portable LED Lights and Telescopic Ladder

  • Suzuki Outboard 15 HP Engine, DF15AS EFI

  • Electric Rewind Winch System

  • Upgraded Davit Blocks

  • Custom Cover by Yacht & Home in Montenegro

Comfort

Little Extras to Make Life Glorious

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Sailing, even on a catamaran, is still a version of camping but we wanted it to feel like a home and added a few extra things to make it more like tiny home living, not like roughing it.

  • Air Conditioning, 220V 50HZ, 64 K BTU, 6 units from factory

  • FlexiTeek, Weathered Color, White Calking from Bonaventura

  • Aquabase ESW 105 L/H 12V Watermaker

  • Integrated Gas Plancha

  • Combination Fresh & Saltwater Heads

  • Bosch Washer/Dryer Combo

  • Cockpit Fridge for extra drinks or watermelons

  • Upgraded Bose System, Bow Speakers under Eyebrow

  • Upgraded Caframo Sirrocco II Fans

  • Seagull Water Filtration System at Sink for Drinking Water

  • Extra Grabrails Running For to Aft

  • Extra 230 & 12V Plugs in Master and Salon

  • 4 Aqualuma Underwater Lights (Blue)

  • Plastimo Folding Gangway

Tent & Shading

Tent Enclosure by Voilerie Klein LR

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We wanted an enclosure that would allow us to have either plastic, textilene or a fresh air opening on any panel. The standard option from the dealer was a system that zipped off and on the types of panels, so you would always be storing one instead of using it. By working directly with Voilerie Klein, they were able to make us a system that kept everything together and just allowed us to zip up or down the panel we wanted to use. Also, their tent ended up being about half the cost.

  • Enclosure Colors: Titanium Sunbrella, Platinum Grey Textilene

  • Bimini Helm Enclosure with Strataglass in Front Panel, Textilene Sunshade Aft

  • Cockpit Enclosure with Textilene and Transparent Panels on all openings

  • Salon Textilene in White, mounted inside the windows and in portlight above galley stove

  • Added Salon Sliding Door Textilene Panels to allow fresh air but not allow mosquitos by Yacht & Home

  • Deck Bowshade by Sail Design, Titanium Sunshade

Antifouling

Coppercoat with Raised Waterline

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This will be controversial to some but let's be honest, anywhere we can minimize work we will. It was an exhaustive process to find a way to get Coppercoat applied properly. After lots of research and calls to various parties about it, Uchimata was able to get this done for us and so far it's been great. The challenge is the temperature and humidity has to be just right...on a full moon, on a Tuesday. We were able to get comfortable with the environmental questions we asked about it versus other ablative alternatives. It is approved by EU and US EPA bodies (including in California). You can see more research conducted during a 5-year study as well.

  • Raised Waterline (10 cm to account for a fully packed boat)

  • Hull Degreased and Prepped

  • 2 Coats International Interprotect Epoxy Primer

  • 4 Coats of Coppercoat

  • Primocon and Propspeed on Saildrive and Propellers  

Safety

Major Safety & Security Systems

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We settled on the Garmin system but added a larger panel at the helm station and swapped the standard 10" to the salon nav station. We have augmented this with an iPad dedicated to navigation, a remote autopilot controller and a Garmin watch so we have an additional portable helm anywhere on the boat.

  • 8 Person Plastimo Liferaft 54565 TRANSOCEAN ISAF, emergency pack, rescue after 24 H

  • 2 Engine Room Fire Suppression Systems and All Extinguishers

  • BVI Safety Matrix Regime for BVI Flagged Vessel (this covers all safety equipment that needs to be on our vessel)

  • GlobalFIX V4 // 406 MHz GPS EPIRB

  • Personal AIS Devices on All Life Jackets

  • Iridium Go System

  • SiOnyx Aurora Sport Night Infrared Night Vision Monocular

  • Yacht Sentinel Security System (our vessel was broken into when it was on the hard during COVID lockdown)

    • Motion detector​

    • Camera

    • Sensors for doors, bilge, dingy

Extras

Liveaboard Equipment

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We got a lot of items to make sure we were not only ready for a circumnavigation, but could fix things ourselves if we were in a secluded anchorage. We also wanted to be sure we were well equipped for fun.  

  • Nardi Dive Compressor, two dive tanks and Hookah dive system

  • Sailrite Ultrafeed sewing machine and sewing starter kit

  • An extra half bolt of the Sunbrella outdoor fabric in Titanium

  • Large Folding Cart, for those long-distance provisioning runs

  • Two Folding Bikes from Decathlon with integrated storage in cockpit, with all weather cover (store out of the way)

  • Stand Up Paddleboards with two carbon oars and pump

  • Ryobi Power Tool Set with large charger, wireless fan and compressor

  • Bosch Pressure Washer (Holly's favorite tool on board)

  • Dexter Hand Tool Set, with hard case

  • Replacement parts and spares for all major systems which are stored in the walk-in forepeak work shed we built (see partial picture on left), includes clearly labeled boxes for easy way to find things

  • Boat Cleaning Supplies, cleaning and waxing solutions, two deck brushes with various heads

Fully Stocked Galley

The Heart of the Sailboat

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It's all fun and games until the crew gets hungry! There is so much space for preparing meals, storing food and any favorite cooking gadgets. We are fully stock and have room to spare. 

  • Instant Pot

  • NutraBullet blender

  • Telfal Induction Nesting Pots and Pans set, ready for our induction cooktop upgrade

  • Delonghi Espresso Machine

  • Corel Dishware set, diner plates, salad plates, bowls (service for 12)

  • Silverware (service for 12)

  • Full kitchen knife set

  • Glassware, mugs, espresso cups

  • Salad Serving Bowls, Mixing Bowls, and Storage Set

  • Kitchen Utensil Set

  • Spicerack

  • Cutting Boards

  • Serving Platters

  • Baking Pans

Also, check out our blog to learn more about the additional hidden costs of outfitting a new boat.

Click here to read about Why We Are Selling the Boat in our blog. 

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