Originally Posted by healhustler
That boat has a massive mast and boom, R/V Air Conditioner, much bigger hand rails, a huge cradle for the dinghy. That's all well above the CG, and sometimes they hoist that heavy dinghy up on that cradle. Here I am, counting pounds and ounces added above the CG on everything I do, and this guy is out there doing blue water!
It's my understanding that Ted and Sarah have their 13' Caribe attached to the transom universal joint always when underway. The cradle is for when they stop and are docked as I recall....
The railings are substantial. You (er, I!) feel secure. They did add an RV a/c unit to the pilothouse which cools it nicely when they are up there. The main unit handles the lower deck/forward area.
His anchoring system and components are large -- and the snubber comes right above the waterline for a good angle. He has a wash-down hose for rinsing the chain as it comes up -- that's spiffy too.
Ted and Sarah are quite the couple. I admire their ingenuity. The boat is home and that's always fun. And like all boats that are home, it's the small touches that make their Manatee special. Mostly though it's the couple themselves though. I was fortunate to meet them.
Good times onboard Manatee: (and no, as a matter of fact I do not have any pictures without Patches tail in full motion)