Manten Marina, Vaal dam Free State South Africa
Dreamtime was based on the Tom Thumb design - steel, robust and roomy. She could be converted to gaff rig or cutter rig, I chose to experiment with a two masted junk rig. On the few light weather sails we did it worked well, tacking through 90 degrees. With 900kg lead ballast and 150kg steel pubchings she is stiff, having two people cross from one side of the deck o the other produced just about no change of heel. However, lack of interest by my partner, rising fuel costs and other aspects ended the dream. Maybe someone wlse could dream. Rigging is galvanised cable on read-eyes. The motor is an Arona 12hp diesel.
|Builder:||One off design|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Arona AD 190|
|Drive type:||Shaft drive|
|Length over all:||8m|
|Length at waterline:||7m|
|Keel type:||Twin Keel|
|Displacement:||3 metric tons|
|Fuel capacity:||5 Litres|
|Water capacity:||50 Litres|
|Holding tank capacity:||10 Litres|
A forward cabin with one bunk, storage below and some deep shelves, two seats/bunks in the main cabin, a pilot berth under the cockpit makes up the accommodation. Folding table and nav table is provided. Confortable and spacious with standing headroom and grab handles. A galley area has packing space and room for portable gas cooker/
Built from steel by a boilermaker. Sandblasted and painted in Stoncor epoxy systems, overcoated with 2K paint.
An electrical system with provision for a solar panel, battery and inverter was installed. Provision was made for a 220 volt and 12 volt system, and this can be renerebuilt easily.
Arona AD 190 with Hurth
Dreamtime was built to accept a junk rig, and she sailed well in the light airs we had the few times we could sail her. She tacked through 90 degrees. The sails are available as patterns but the sailcloth has been damaged by the sun. She could be re-rigged as a gaff rig, plans were drawn for that, or a cutter rig could be trawn. Standing rigging is galvanised wire with deadeyes.
Four life jackets are on board. Fibreglass stanchions and Dyneema lifelines keep things on board. Provision was made for lifelines along the center of the deck.
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.