My name is Gindungo, I am a splendid cutter-rigged sloop, designed by Alex Carozzo and built in steel by the Metalmar shipyard. Having been devised for sailing in the Antarctic, I am suitable for extreme sailing conditions.
I offer generous space above and below deck, with a beam of 5 metres and a length of 15 (LOA 16 m).
The accurate and skilfully designed solid Burmese teak interiors give maximum comfort both in extreme cold and in tropical temperatures (insulated and fitted with an air conditioning/heating system).
There is a total of 11 beds distributed between 2 bunk-bed cabins, the shipowner’s double room, a double quarter berth and 2 convertible saloons. The below deck accommodates two toilets embellished with Carrara marble, a comfortable Alpes galley with 3 stoves, an oven and 3 sinks, an adjacent pantry and the navigation station.
My sailing equipment situated on the bow consists of a rolling staysail and a rolling genoa and of 2 additional forestays for the light air jib, a yankee and a storm jib (4 forestays). My mainsail is equipped with Harken batten cars to enable fast and easy manoeuvres. Non-structural runners in spectra support and, where necessary, reinforce the oversized mast (fitted with mast steps).
My steering gear consists of a helm, a Robertson autopilot with double pistons and a steering station inside.
I am equipped with a double anti-collision, watertight bulkhead on the bow (also accommodating a large sail locker and hobby area) and a strong protection of the propulsion area and of the steering gear.
The board electronics consist of radar and chart plotter, VHF radio (fixed and portable), HF/SSB radio and AIS unit.
In the engine room: heavy duty Hino 112 HP motor, generator (4 KW), inverter (1 KW), 2 battery chargers (100 A), 2 alternators (230 A), desalinator (60 l/h), boiler (80 l), wind generator control unit (400 W).
A 1500 W Lofrans windlass, a 100-m-long chain and a 40-kg Bruce anchor guarantee for restful sleep in a bay.
I am lucky to have an owner and captain who lives with me 9 months a year and who is refitting me for the Round the World Sailing Trip.
And just in case you were wondering where my name comes from, it’s the name of an Angolan chilli pepper, which also determines my character.