Mandolin Wind under Spinnaker  

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Martin & Sue


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Mandolin Wind has now been sold

After owing Mandolin Wind for over 10 years and just returning from almost 5 years of live aboard cruising around South East Asia we are going to reluctantly put her up for sale. With the Red Sea effectively closed to private yachting due to piracy and no wish to sail around the Cape we have decided to sell her in Australia and go over to Europe and purchase another boat. This seems to be the only way that we can cruise European waters. ( Putting her on a ship was going to be $60,000 so that was out of the question as well )

She returns in excellent condition, fully maintained and is ready to do it again for her new owners with nothing else to spend.

Built to Commercial survey and launched in 1999, we purchased her in 2004. In 2009 we undertook a refit ready for extensive cruising. This included having all of the standing SS rigging replace by David Lamborne Spars in Brisbane as well as having the boom, gooseneck and Furlex furler overhauled or serviced.



Mandolin Wind - Detailed Specifications


All interior finished in Sth American Mytle wood work
Solid 5mm teak and ash floor throughout
Cruise air airconditioning ( Shore power only )
2 x queen sized beds with inner spring mattresses
1 x double berth with high density foam mattress
2 x electric toilets with macerator systems
2 x shower areas ( one an ensuite to main cabin)
Workshop and laundry
4kg Automatic washing machine
Spectra Gulfstream 60 ltr/ hr watermaker


200 ltr electric eutectic fridge with front and top load compartments
80 ltr electric freezer
4 burner gas hotplates and oven
Exterior SS gas BBQ
2 x 9kg gas bottles
Double bowl SS sink
Hot and cold pressurised water from dual pumps
2 x 30 ltr hot water systems from engine with shore power electric aux. heaters.
Charcoal filtered drinking water
Pressurised Sea water tap to sink


2 x Yanmar 3JH2-TE 50hp turbo diesels
( Start 1st touch, no smoke and no oil usage )
Full engine instrumentation
Raycor 300 series turbo diesel filters
Secondary electric lift pumps
Yanmar SD31 sail drives
18" SS Autostream feathering props

Rigging and Sails:

All standing SS rigging replaced by David Lambourne rigging in March 2009
Gooseneck, boom and Furlex furler checked and overhauled in March 2009
6 off Harken winches
Spinlock clutches
Harken Batcar system to main with Spectra double pull Halyard
All lines back to cockpit for everything
Single line first and second reefing with in-boom balancing car
Jib in good condition
Fully battened main ( 11ozs Contender cloth ) New Feb 2012
1.5 ozs Asymmetric cruising chute in snuffer sock
Sunbrella heavy duty boom bag and lazy jacks ( New Feb 2012 )
All running rigging in good order

Electrical Systems:

4 x 85W Solar Panels
MPPT Solar Regulator, 3 stage ( Zero power wastage )
2 x 110A Belmar alternators
600 Ahr AGM house batteries
2 x N70 Start Batteries
2 x Smart Solid State, 3 stage Regulators
2 x Solid State Duo charge splitters ( Engine battery charging )
Centrefield Solid State alternator balancer
BEP Marine Switch Panels
2500W Xantrex Inverter
300W Victron Pure sine inverter
60A Victron 3 stage 240V Battery charger
Galvanic Isolator between 240V and 12V earths
RCD Safety switches on 240V shore power and Inverter circuits
All interior and exterior lighting by high intensity LEDs


Icom M801e HF Radio and automatic antenna tuner
Icom M422 VHF radio and external Cockpit Command Mic and speaker
Icom M33 VHF waterproof handheld
Pactor III Modem ( e-mail and weather via HF radio )
Dell Nav computer and 21" screen on articulated arm
Watchmate transmitting Type B AIS system
Furuno 24nm radar
Raymarine Tridata ( Sounder, Log and Speed )
Raymarine Wind Instrument
Raymarine Graphic repeater unit
Raymarine X30 Smart Autopilot
Course Master 550 backup Autopilot
Furuno Navtex
2 x Garmin fixed mount GPS units
Electronic Weather Station
Fusion stereo and internal Ipod dock with interior and exterior speakers


ACR "Global fix" GPS type EPIRB
Engine rooms fire alarm system
Engine rooms fire Extinguisher smothering systems
6 x Powder type extinguishers
Gas safety sniffer and remote bottle solenoid on/off
4 x smoke alarms
RFD 6 person "Sea Sava" life raft
Compartmentalised hulls with 10 x 2000 g/hr bilge pumps and auto switches
"Bass Strait" 18' Para-anchor parachute sea anchor ( unused )
Para anchor drogue and 100m of 20mm braid on braid nylon rode ( unused )
2 x Life rings
Normal flares etc as required
Ultrasonic cockpit burglar alarm with 120Db screamer and 2 remotes

Ground Tackle:

Rocna 33kg Primary anchor
90m 10mm short link chain
Sarca No 6 secondary anchor with 10m 10mm chain and 100m 20mm nylon braid
20Kg CQR style kedge anchor
Heavy duty Muir Vertical winch
Anchor / chain sea water wash system


3.6m Aquapro Aluminium bottom Inflatable
( All new Hyperlon tubes, Sunbrella cover, handles etc in 2011 )
Full size 12" pneumatic drop down wheels
15hp Johnson outboard
2 x 20 l outboard tanks
Std Perry Integrated fibreglass Dinghy Davits


900+ ltr total diesel capacity in two totally independent systems
900+ ltr total fresh water in two tanks
2 x 150 ltr blackwater holding tanks with electric pumpouts


Full shade covers. Attached to Boom and extending to outsides and covering front deck
Window shade mesh to all side windows
Cockpit shades
Cockpit clears to side openings
Shade and flyscreen covers for all hatches
Dinghy cover

Last Slipped:

Last slipped Sept 2013, 20l of International Micron 66 applied

Previously in March 2012:
Old Antifoul stripped back to gelcoat ( using paint stripper )
New Jotun Vinyguard epoxy tie coat / Sealer applied
20 ltr International Interswift 6800HS antifoul applied

As well as below, also see our mini makeover pages in ships log for our new teak and ash floor and other goodies from Thailand.


About Mandolin Wind - Original Page

Mandolin Wind is a Perry 43 Passagemaker Catamaran, a production boat built in the Gold Coast by Brian Perry. She is no. 3 hull and was launched in 1999.

She was originally owned by Alby Mangels (of the TV adventure show fame) but had passed through one other owner before we purchased her in 2004.


We had been looking around for a Perry 43 for several months before we eventually found what we were looking for. While there were a few newer Perry 43's on the market at the time, they were going for more than we could afford. Eventually, we found what we were looking for in the Whitsundays.


Originally her name was Zenani. She had been in charter for a couple of years and was in need of a bit of TLC, but she had 'good bones' and passed the pre purchase survey with flying colours. This was OK by us, for it meant we could do a refit to meet our our cruising requirements.

When we finally took delivery, we were in for a few pleasant surprises. Unbeknown to us, a brand new Spectra Gulfstream 60 watermaker had only recently been installed as it was left off the specification list, Bonus ! She already had central air conditioning, radar and an auto pilot as prior to the last two years in charter she had always been owner operated.

After sailing her from Abel Point Marina to Brighton Marina in Port Phillip Bay, we renamed her Mandolin Wind - of course, giving appropriate nips of a good whiskey to King Neptune.

Starting the Refit - Electrical & Plumbing


We began our refit by systematically reviewing the electrical and plumbing systems and reconditioning or replacing most of the equipment.  Fortunately we were in a position to do almost all of the work ourselves and this would cut down on a large proportion of the costs. As happens with this type of work, one thing led to another and soon we had pretty much rewired all of the high amperage circuits of the entire boat.

New banks of AGM Batteries (600 Amp hrs for the house) were installed as well as smart regulators and splitters to control the charging regimes of the house and start batteries. Working on the theory that a boat can never have enough power, the 2 original 60W solar panels were replaced with 4 by 85 watt units and a smart ‘Maximum power point tracking’ regulator fitted.

With the purchase of a 300W pure sine wave inverter dedicated to the computers and a 60 amp smart charger the electrical makeover was almost complete. (We already had a 2500W square wave inverter on board for regular 240V requirements.)  The final touch was the replacement of most of the standard lighting (internal and external) with LED equivalents.

Of course, we also installed a host of new instruments including several Raymarine instruments, an AIS, a HF radio (as well as replacing the old VHF) and a new Raymarine Auto Pilot.

For navigation we were happy to go with our PC loaded with C-Map (viewed via a swingable monitor).




The engines were next. The Yanmar 3 cylinder 50hp turbo diesel engines were in good condition but lacked instrumentation and a reliable filter system.  We like to know what the engines are doing so out came the fiberglass kit to patch the holes in the rearranged instrument panel at the helm station and we added water temperature and oil pressure gauges for each engine.  The original primary diesel filter system was also replaced with a large Racor turbo unit on each engine and an in-line electric lift pump added at the same time. This electric unit can be invaluable when changing filters or bleeding the system. Those of you who have primed using the standard in-built hand pump will definitely appreciate the value of this new setup.


Inside Mandolin Wind

Mandolin Wind was originally a 4 cabin version with 3 heads and showers. So one of the first things we did was convert her to 3 cabins by making the portside rear cabin into a workshop/laundry and by removing one of the front heads and converting it into a storage area. This allowed us to fill in one of the sets of steps leading down into the Port Hull (access to the workshop being available via a walkthrough bathroom). We took advantage of this newly created area to build a navigation station - something that was lacking in the original configuration.
Above: The original steps down on the left hand side and the white electrical panel
Above: The new nav station. Note that the electrical panel is no longer white but matches the new nav station.
The saloon upholstery had seen better days and was easily replaced using the old covers as templates.
Above: The old saloon seats - a closer look would have revealed their threadbare condition
Above and Below: after the refit

With finances by this stage running low, we settled on a veneered timber floor. This was very easy to put down and certainly looked 100% better than the old, threadbare carpet. However, as part of our long term strategy we planned to economically replace all our flooring in Thailand with teak and ash (this has since been completed, see Thailand Mini Makeover in Ships logs section.


While on a roll (!) we decided to tackle a few more woodwork projects.
We had never been that keen on the white vinyl lining used in the two queen size cabins in the bow of each hull. We knew from our visits to the Perry stand at boat shows that the newer models sported timber lining. So off came the old vinyl – to be replaced with South American Myrtle. We also added timber storage cupboards at the foot of each berth and replaced the original foam mattresses with inner springs. The final touch was the installation of reading lights and fans.

Above: the original front berth
Above: After the refit
That left the rear starboard cabin. Being close to the galley we decided to utilize the wasted space at the side of the berth by building in a shelf suitable for storing milk crate size containers. These would be used to store dry goods such as pasta and rice.
Above: the rear sea-berth before the side storage cupboards were built
Above: The side storage cupboards



Luckily we already had a very large freezer but we were not happy with our fridge as it was a bar fridge sized Waeco and only had a storage capacity of 70 litres. We decided to replace this with a purpose built fridge that made use of wasted space behind and below the original fridge hole. The 12V eutectic refrigeration unit was sourced from Ozi Fridge and has proven to be fantastic unit. It arrived pre-gassed and was reasonably straightforward to install. Focusing on energy efficiency, the new 200 lt fridge is surrounded by 75mm of high density polyurethane foam insulation and  lined with 2mm thick fiberglass reinforced plastic panel.We are particularly glad we designed it with two entry points – a front door for accessing everyday items plus a top load section at the rear for longer term storage. This design stops all of the cold air falling out every time the front door is opened.




The after-market helm seat had ample room for two people – but it extended well into the cockpit and significantly reduced the usable entertainment area. In addition, the charter company had installed a Waeco fridge in the area beneath the seat and this had seen better days and was virtually rusted through. Rather than source a commercial seat, we modified the original using the ‘cut and shut’ method, then welded and polished the joins. We were also able to modify and re-upholster the original cushioning with marine vinyl using a domestic sewing machine.

Above: The original cockpit seat showing the fridge unit beneath
Above: the new cockpit seat is much smaller, giving a lot more room in the cockpit

Ground Tackle & Rig


This is area where bigger is definitely better. As well as a Rocna 33kg spade to replace the almost rusted out CQR, we purchased a No 6 size Sarca anchor. We have been very impressed with the easy set and holding power of the Rocna anchor and it has far surpassed our expectations when compared to the older CQR style. We attached the new anchor to 95m of 10mm short link chain and there have been a few times when we have required all this chain.  

Before we left Australia we also had all of the standing rigging replaced so we should be good for another 10 years of cruising!




We have been cruising now for nearly 4 years and, other than the usual maintenance required when one owns a boat, we have had very few issues. In fact, we recently reviewed the equipment and modifications we made during our original refit and decided we would not have changed or added anything.

Mandolin Wind is a good, solid boat and is a credit to Brian Perry's workmanship. She is not a super fast 3 tonner (we are too heavy for that as we are a cruising boat after all!) but she sails easily at 8 knots in a steady wind and in light breezes she happily motor sails on one engine at around 6 knots. She has proven herself in big seas and we are more than happy with our choice of cruising boat.