Our current floating home in Mexico is Half Moon, a 2016 Seawind 1190 Sport catamaran. She is thirty-nine feet of shiny fiberglass, carbon fiber accents, and blindingly shiny stainless details. Not that we’re proud of her or anything, but she’s pretty freakin’ awesome.
Half Moon is an ocean going catamaran capable of carrying us across oceans. She’s strong, fast, and well equipped to safely take us wherever in the world we want to go.
Right now we’re content to bop around in Pacific Mexico, and she is uniquely suited for the tropical climate here. Her full fiberglass bimini and structural foam decks pair perfectly with her enormous opening windows and doors to keep us shaded, cool, and pleasantly breezy at anchor.
She performs optimally when lightly loaded, but is designed with enough buoyancy to comfortably carry the gear and provisions we need either coastal hopping or long distance voyaging (eventually).
Half Moon is an Australian design, Vietnam built beauty featuring three cabins, one head, galley down, and a salon that can seat 8 for dinner (proven fact). Her interior is very modern with a gray/white color scheme and clean lines. She has a generous cockpit built around a fixed bbq that gets a lot of use.
Topsides the rig is a traditional catamaran layout with a full roach square top traditional main, fractional self tacking jib, and spinnaker run off a retractable bowsprit. The mast is supported by dyneema line shrouds instead of wire to save weight aloft and look really, really cool.
She has daggerboards to help us point into the wind, adjustable rudders to allow shallow draft when needed, and a pair of tilt-able powerful Yamaha outboard engines to motor us when needed and get out of the way when it’s time to sail.
This boat is fairly new, so pretty much everything onboard is a clean, nicely designed factory install. We’ve added some electronics, a watermaker, and davits with solar panels. Down the road we would like to add a screecher, genoa, and convert one of the berths to a workshop. None of these items are pressing, so for now were focused on maintenance (constant in the tropics) and getting intimately familiar with all her systems.
We feel extremely fortunate to get to live and cruise on a boat of this caliber. It is our pleasure to take care of this beautiful craft and keep her looking as good in twenty years as she is today.
The Boat Before
Pura Vida is a 1999 Hunter 376. She is, in our humble opinion, one of the best looking, comfortable, and capable coastal cruisers out there exploring the world. She is designed for long term cruising with all the bells and whistles that keep us smiling. She features ample fridge/freezer space, a well laid out galley, a separate shower area, a huuuuge bed in the master cabin, and a big ol’ table in the main salon that drops down to make a big ol’ couch. This is all possible through a nice beamy design and full stern with a lovely sugar scoop walk through transom.
We love the generous use of oiled teak in the cabin (missing in many newer boats) and the big windows that let in light and avoid the dreaded cave feel many monohulls suffer from. The designers used structural members in the hull to provide strength and rigidity rather than heavy interior bulkheads allowing for a massive main salon/galley which is great for entertaining and daily living.
The topsides feature a B&R rig. The crossing wires create a diamond pattern making for a very strong rig while eliminating that pesky backstay. This allows for a wonderfully open cockpit (great for entertaining), plus an enormous roachy full batten mainsail, so we fly along on light wind days when heavier boats with a traditional sail plan must motor.
When we first met Pura Vida she was fully kitted out and (mostly) ready to cruise. We spent two years in the San Francisco bay getting to know each other and picking our own customizations before jumping into full time cruising.
Before heading out the golden gate bridge and making that hard left for points south we:
Upgraded the autopilot
Replaced all seacocks
Added jordan drogue attachment points
Upgraded the racor filter
Upgraded the raw water strainer
Had a professional full maintenance and checkup performed on the engine
Installed a watermaker
Rebuilt the electric windlass
Upgraded the refrigeration
Purchased a new Hypalon Dinghy & Motor
Which, for a cruising boat is actually not all that much. Nevertheless we are happy with our floating home. She has carried us over 2,500 nautical miles safely and is holding up great to daily use.