Fata Morgana is a 38-foot catamaran Robertson & Caine Leopard built in 2001 in South Africa, made heavy and sturdy, able to take some nasty weather.
With three state cabins and a big cockpit, she has enough space for the three of us plus guests, and is a very comfortable boat.
A catamaran is a perfect choice for a family with kids. Fata is our first boat ever and we feel lucky to have chosen her. (If you are curious about the name read more here). We bought the boat in Florida in April 2013 and fixed and up-dated a bunch of things thus transforming her into our unique off-grid vessel.
On the hard top (homemade by us) we installed 5 humongous solar panels producing 1,500 W pure solar energy, and we replaced the 12 deep cycle batteries with 4 lithium batteries. It is enough to have our fridge, the biggest electricity consumer, turned on 24/7, and to produce as much freshwater as we need with our watermaker, also installed by us. We don’t have a generator aboard.
Thus we don’t have to turn on the engines for electricity and we never have to buy freashwater. For more about our solar installation read here.
We also strictly sail even when we enter and exit anchorages and drop and lift anchor, so we rarely fuel. Thus, we are completely off-grid, eco-friendly, and independent, traveling the world on a minimal budget.Share