SundayMorning is a 2013 Bavaria Cruiser 45 designed by Farr Yachts and built in a shipyard in Giebelstadt, Germany. She was named after our favorite day of the week where we would lounge in bed and watch the morning show Sunday Morning. She is a combination of luxury and performance sailing. She has twin helms, a cast iron wing keel and a 75 hsp diesel engine. She has a roller furling jib sail and in mast furling main sail. She can handle 7-8 knots sailing at a 35-40 degree apparent wind angle. It is said she can go as high as 9 knots with a 60 degree angle but we have yet to push that limit.
She was a 3 cabin 3 head sailboat that we remolded into a 2 cabin 2 head layout in order to give us a navigation table, additional storage and an equipment room. We added a generator, watermaker, ice maker and air conditioning. We also added an electric winch up top which aids us in heavy weather as well as moving our dinghy (SaturdayNight) on and off the boat. The galley is spacious and friendly with both a refrigerator and freezer as well as a microwave and 3 burner propane stove. We added an island for extra storage and serving area.
Our master cabin is queen size with separate shower and head and the guest cabin is a double with a private head/shower. The cockpit up top is where the most of the real living takes place with comfy cushions, table for dining and large swim platform for sunning, sitting or showering off the back. One can also lounge at anchor on the bow at sunset or take a nap in a hammock. We have a guard turtle named Grayco who came all the way from Beaufort with us and resides in the companionway steps.
All in all SundayMorning is like a wonderful studio apartment in Manhattan but with amazing ever changing views!
SaturdayNight is an 9 foot AB inflatable dinghy with a Yamaha 9.9 hsp outboard engine that provides us transportation to and from shore, for snorkeling excursions or just cruising around an anchorage. He has a dry storage locker and a ladder for graceful re-boarding after snorkeling. While cruising we pull “him” in back of us. When offshore we haul him up top on the bow deflated and secured tightly. He also sports a bright yellow engine cover and fenders which we added to easily distinguish him from other dinghy’s at a busy dock after a few too many libations with dinner.