'Destiny' is a 2003 'Diesel Duck' 44", heavy displacement steel trawler yacht, built by Seahorse Yachts in China.
These yachts are constructed in steel and are designed to go anywhere; they really are a 4x4 of the sea.
'Destiny' is fitted with a 125HP John Deere engine, and she carries up to 1200 Gallons (4500 litres) of diesel, which gives a transatlantic range of over 3000 nautical miles at a steady speed of 6 to 7 knots, typically at a miserly 1.5 to 2.5 Gals/hr.
After she was built 'Destiny' sailed to the Mediterranean on her own 'bottom' from China via Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Maldives and up the Red Sea to the Mediterranean..
'Destiny has an auxiliary rig, which allows her to use the wind 'downhill' to provide a help with fuel efficiency and also as an emergency 'get you home' - Note I didn't say sail - sailing would only be an option in a strong breeze (at 30 tons displacement - give us a break) - the sail also has a stabilizing effect which reduces rolling in cross seas.
As well as the sail, we also have roll stabilizers, otherwise known as 'Flopper Stoppers', which are a triangular plates (called 'fish') rigged from outriggers, these 'fish' fly underwater at a depth of about 3 meters and work as a resistance to the roll of the boat - I have to say that they are remarkably effective, both underway and at anchor.
Inside, we have a teak interior with plenty of space, Main cabin, Guest cabin, Galley and Dinette and of course the Bridge Deck where we spend most of our time, both navigating and living and looking out of the windows.
(Have a look at some interior views).
Naturally, we have all of the luxuries of home, air-conditioning, heating, washing machine etc etc. We aren't planning to 'rough it' on this trip, we're getting to old and to soft for camping!
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