"Bateau Du Vent" (Boat of the Wind) is a full keel masthead sloop sailing vessel constructed to pleasurecraft standards in 1986 by Beneteau in France and designated the model IDYLLE 11.5.
11.5m in length (37'10.5") she has a maximum beam of 3.71m or 12'2". Her draft is 1.91m or 6'3". Her displacement is 5.17t or 11,400 lbs. Gross vessel tonnage is 9.75.
She has a fibreglass displacement mono-hull with a cast iron fin keel weighing 2.2t or 4,860lbs. Rigged as a sloop, she has one head sail on roller furling and a traditional fully battened main sail all supported by aluminium mast and boom and stainless steel standing rigging. The standing rigging has been brought inboard to allow for higher pointing when close hauled while still making the wide beam possible for interior comfort. She also has a cruising spinnaker and whisker pole. Auxiliary power is provided by a 50 horsepower diesel engine.
She was termed a "Racing Cruiser" which the designers hoped would convey the characteristics of good sailing performance and more than comfortable living space. She is very stable in the water and her sister ships have sailed all over the world although she has remained in the Pacific Northwest and the Gulf Islands.
Her first owner had her until 1988 when purchased by her second owners who lived in Seattle. They kept very good care of her until the current owners, John Dul and Peter Taylor, bought her in November of 2004.
Below are two private sleeping areas (staterooms), a seating area and a table for 6, a galley, navigation station and head (bathroom). The seating area can be made down into another double berth though not private. The aft stateroom is reserved for the skipper. There are opening hatched or ports in all areas including the head allowing light and ventilation. The majority of the finishing are teak.
Electrical and electronics include:
・ barometer and indoor/outdoor thermometer
・ two chart plotter GPS units
・ automatic navigation tied to the GPS units with additional wireless remote
・ 20 mile RADAR
・ marine VHF radio
・ stereo system with indoor/outdoor speakers
・ multi-media entertainment system
・ computer with navigation software and internet access
・ high speed WiFi access
The cockpit is large and comfortable and has a table for eating outdoors. It is protected from the wind by a blue fabric dodger. Most of the running rigging is lead back to the cockpit assisting in sail handling. There is also a bar-b-q.
"Bateau" is equipped with all the required life saving and safety gear.
Creature comforts include stove and oven, refrigeration, interior heating, hot and cold running water (with restrictions), ample lighting and 120 volt power. Did I mention the WiFi? The Head (bathroom) is clean, fresh and roomy for a boat. There is a usable shower.