Living on a boat is all about the art of simplicity, which is quite complicated in practise. Follow this way of life in the serie `Ropati`. Hopefully it will help you to understand more about the daily boat life. Let us start with some facts.
Ropati is a wooden sailboat (for the experts: type Anaïs 12.50) designed by Dominique Provin and built in 1988. The former owner, a French couple and their two little children, have made some big changes, especially inside. They have replaced the ‘regular kitchen’ by a ‘big one’ and they have built new couches, tables and shelves. The floor is the only part inside the boat which still has the ‘authentic’ look of the marine plywood. All the other wood is painted white and bright green, therefore Ropati looks very spacious .
Ropati is childfriendly. Everywhere in the boat are stickers of frogs, dolphins and fishes. The textile of the cushions and curtains is covered with prints of koala’s and bamboo trees. Personally I get a bit tired of the koala’s, but changing textiles is very low on our priority list, so I guess I have to spend more time with these ‘friendly looking’ animals. Call me paranoïd, but I think their ‘innocent smile’ just masks their true nature. Anyway… let’s go back to the facts.
It’s hard to messure the exact surface of the boat, because of it’s shape, but it should be something like twenty square meter, while the width is four and the length is thirteen meter. Ropati has three double bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom with shower. The maximum amount of sleeping places is nine, but to keep some space and privacy we prefer a maximum of five persons. One of the double bedrooms is used as a storage, where we keep the surfboards, two bikes, a lot of tools and other unidentified objects.
At the forward part of the deck is our ‘roof terras’ with underneath it a trunk with the roll-up dinghy and an air-pump to inflate. In front of the forward deck is the anchor and in the middle of the deck the life raft and the mast. The last part of the boat is called `the aft’ and here is the cockpit with the wheel and navigaton screens. On the aft is installed a metal ‘aft-frame’ with solar panels, a four-horsepower-motor of the dinghy and the WiFi-antenne.
Last summer and autumn we have replaced the wood of the aft by white and anti-slip paint. Furthermore we have put a new layer of anti-fouling on the outside of the hull and we finally installed an echo-sounder. The list is long, so I will skip some more jobs, like the things we also have done inside the boat. Our next big project is to replace all the wood at the front deck, but we don’t like to think too much about it, because we just worked on Ropati for ten months. For so far some facts.