Here she is all tied up in her berth. Our berth is quite sheltered from the prevailing wind however we keep her very well tied on. The Oceanis 43 has very clear decks that mean you can walk around the boat quite safely at sea, We have jackstays that run fore to aft however we only put them on if it is going to be rough or we are out after dusk. The lines from the mast to the helm are not fully covered although you can move around without standing on them.
We have had the spray hood fitted from new and ordered and had the spray dodgers just after delivery, they do keep the side winds off the crew very well. Our next external modification would be a bimini with longer term plans for something to hold the dingy and perhaps some solar panels too.
The winch to the left of the companionway is electric, which takes all the effort out of hoisting the main and helps sheeting in when the wind is up. Before we got the boat we thought that the rope ties that keep it tidy would be a pain – they are definitely not, easy to use and not lines around the cockpit. A nice touch is the removeable table lamp on the cockpit table, something different on an evening when dining outside. One thing we should have got would have been to allow the genoa cars to be adjusted from helm.
We have an electric windlass that can be operated from the foredeck or helm and has about 90’ of chain tied to 120’ of rope to give the 44lb FOB anchor some bite. This works really well in our local cruising area. No deck operated foot switches, I think they are an accident waiting to happen.
Mounted beneath the cockpit table is our chart plotter, which is a Raymarine C90 widescreen unit and we use Navionics Gold charts. A really great feature of this unit is that it swivels to face each of the helms, not that you should sail to the instruments.
Twin helms are great, not only for ease of use but also no impact on the space below. Two ST70’s on the port helm and a 6002 autopilot on the starboard. These are all linked together with the C90 chart plotter and DSC radio to provide a fully integrated system. As each unit is fully configurable we have ‘at a glimpse’ essentials at both helms. Starboard helm also has the remote ‘Quick’ windlass controls with chain counter and the engine controls. We haven’t got a remote DSC handset as we use a good handheld for contacting the marina’s when we are that close anyway.