Preparations. We have been preparing ourselves
for already fifteen years now.
Preparations started with the building of the
Building and completing were done with a circumnavigation in mind.
That is why the boat's interior is the way it is: many closets and drawers
and only a couple of bunks. Want to visit us? You're welcome and you're warned. This is also the reason why the
rigging is the way it is: Witte Raaf is a ketch so the fore triangle is not that
big. Under all circumstances we are still able to handle the foresails
manually and we don't need a furling device.
There are many things that can fall apart, electronics in particular. That
is why we also haven't got lots of stuff running on electricity.
We haven't got a boiler but we have an
extremely smart shower installation (created by JW), based on a
fuel tank of an old petrol heater. We can build up pressure in the tank
using a hand pump. We fill the tank with 1 kettle of hot water
and 3 kettles of cold water, a quantity which allows us both a nice shower.
We pump up the water and it sprinkles out of the small shower head.
We also don't have electrical pumps for hot water. This saves us a lot of
fresh water, because in doing so we use only approximately 20 litres per
day. We can add water to our stock by using a water maker, not
electrical of course.
And in case we need more electricity, we use our towing generator (when
we are sailing) and a solar panel when we are at anchor. Both supply approximately
5 Amps per hour.
Finally we also produce
our own air, that is, under water. We love scuba diving and we refill our bottles
by using our own air compressor, so that saves us a lot
In communications we are rather self supporting as well. Our HAM-radio and
Pactor3 modem give us access to free email services.