The Aracanga, an RPegasus, is nine meters (30 feet) long, three meters wide and has a draft of 1.65 meters. The GRP yacht was built in 1981 at the Plasto shipyard near Lake Constance, where it was also sailed until 2017. "Aracanga" means red macaw.
Friederike and Martin bought the boat in 2016 and expanded and converted it from a Lake Constance boat to a small blue water yacht by July 2018 according to the motto "Keep it simple and stupid". This means that essential pieces of equipment for the long voyage can be found on board, but luxury and frills were consistently avoided because: "Everything that can break will break at some point!"
Below deck, the "Aracanga" has a classic layout: double berth in the bow, behind that toilet on starboard and wardrobe on port. Amidships is the saloon with a U-shaped seating area to starboard and opposite a longitudinal bench seat with a small chart table. Aft is a dog berth on the starboard side and the galley on the port side.
The Aracangam crane
The rig was slightly modified and instead of the large furling genuist on the bow fitting, a stagreiter jib with reefing was attached. The furling genuist moved a little forward onto the new bowsprit. The mainsail has three reefing rows, and in addition to the standard sails, a storm jib, blister and spinnaker are on board.
The Aracangim profile:
- Shipyard: Plasto
- Type: RPegasus, build number 2
- Length: 9 meters
- Width: 3 meters
- Weight: approx. 3.5 tons empty
- Sails: large (18 sqm, 3 reefs), stagreiter jib (16 sqm, 1 reef), furling genu (32 sqm), storm jib, blister, spinnaker
- Tanks: 140 liters of water + canister, 30 liters of diesel
- Machine: Diesel 10 HP Faryman
- Wind vane control: Aries
- Electrics: 200 Ah consumer batteries, 130 watt solar panel
- Anchor: 60 meters of chain, 20 + 15 + 10 kg anchor
- Navigation and electronics: GPS, VHF, AIS, compass, sextant, paper maps
- Pantry: "Origo 3000" spirit stove
- Security: EPIRB, life raft, satellite phone