Uncharted waters part 5: New Suwena

  • Posted on: 5 February 2011
  • By: Eve

New Suwena is being built right now at full speed in Nauticat Yachts boatyard in Pöytyä, Finland. In the mean time we are waiting very impatiently for the next May. The Suwena will be launched into water then.
Suwena in Nauticat Yachts boatyard
Here is a small teaser about our upcoming boat. The new Suwena is a sailboat Nauticat 441, hull number 181. The yacht's length including the bowspirit and swimming platform is 14.58 meters.

Suwena has a ketch rigging. She has two masts: main and mizzen mast. The sail plan includes a total of five different sails: main and mizzen sails, genoa, gennaker and storm jib. The primary sails are all fitted with a furling systems. The gennaker is fitted with the sock and there is a separate forestay for rising the storm jib.

For an engine we chose a low speed diesel engine M225Ti from Perkins Sabre. The engine power output is 148 hp. Considering our future sailing area the engine must be as simple as possible and also mechanical. Therefore we have opted out the latest technology like common rail fuel system and electronic controls. This engine can be repaired in emergency by local mechanic anywhere in the world and spare parts might be available from the tractor on the nearby field.
Perkins Sabre M225 engine
A big enough ground tackle is a safety factor on long voyages. Our main anchor will be a jumbo size 33 kg Rocna anchor that can be easily raised with electric windlass. The 10 mm anchor chain is made of steel. Totally 100 meters of chain will be stored in anchor locker.

Every Nauticat boat has a different layout because all boats are build with one-off principle and customized to customer needs. Our Suwena's interior has designed to function for mainly the two crew members.
The layout of Suwena
The salon with big panoramic view is located in the midships. The salon can be entered from the both starboard and port side doors. On the left side of salon is a U-shape settee. A part of the settee is removable for making the passage easier through the port side door.

An internal helm station is on the starboard side. It is designed to keep all the controls ergonomically next to the helmsman. In addition there is a storage for all kinds of electronic gadgets in the starboard side cupboard. This has a benefit that devices are not spread around the boat during the charging. In conjunction with the salon is also a wet locker for draining the clothes into the bilge.

Few steps down from the salon is a spacious aft cabin. Both sides of the queen size bed can be easily used to access numerous cupboards and drawers. We wanted all cabinets to have doors so our stuff will not fly around in heavy seas and also there will be less places to gather the dust. On the starboard side of the aft cabin is the toilet and at the same place on port side is a separate shower. A washing machine is located in the shower as well.

When going forward from the salon, few steps below is a galley and a dinette. The cozy dinette is comfortable place for eating and working. Correspondingly the left side is designated for making a delicious foods. U-shaped galley is a full chefs kitchen with the gimbaled electrical oven and cooktop, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, cold box and a plenty of storage space. The Seagull water purification system delivers fresh drinking water.

A small hallway leads from dinette to a forecabin. On the left side there is the boats second head and next to it is a cabinet for storing out folding tandem bike on sea. On the starboard side there is more storage space and a dishwasher. In the forecabin is a V-shaped bed and cupboards for our guests.

A lot of time was used for designing an electrical system. Boats navigation electronics and refrigerators run from 24 volt system. Convenience appliances from mobile phone charger to blow dryer on the hand use 230 volt voltage. Suwena has 10 domestic electrical sockets spread around the yacht and we do not need to compromise from home comforts. An electricity source can be selected by switches into either generator, shore-power or batteries. We have 4 x 225 Ah batteries and this means the domestic home appliances can be used through the 2500 watt inverter with some limitations without the generator.

We've been thrilled to follow up the building of new Suwena and visiting the yard almost monthly. It is amazing to follow the project lasting almost nine months and in every visit there have been a huge progress in completion. Most people do not see inside the "belly" of the boat because usually the boat is delivered complete and many places are already sealed up. To see everything is really impressing.
Suwena in Nauticat Yachts boatyard