ALL ABOUT OUR BOAT
Our boat, Milos, is a 36 foot Westerly Conway, made in 1975, making her slightly younger than us. She is ketch-rigged, with a large fin keel. We bought her in November 2014 after spending months looking for our perfect boat – months in marinas and boatyards, where we found some mouldy, sorry looking boats, as well as some that we started to consider as possibilities.
Milos, appeared to have everything we were looking for – plenty of storage, a centre cockpit, a large aft cabin, a clear and smell-free interior, well maintained sails, rigging and engine, and a good amount of equipment. My father came with me to see her for the first time, and asked if the boat would be safe, if the seller would trust it with his own children onboard. The answer was ‘yes’, and Milos is indeed a safe, strong and stable boat. We feel incredibly lucky to have found her.
She isn’t the fastest in the world, and doesn’t point too well to the wind, but Milos will set a course and keep on it, taking most of what is thrown at her. When we first saw her, she was on the ‘hard’ i.e. set high up on a cradle in the car park. We spent a good many weekends driving three hours to see her and camped out, without heating or water, making plans to get her ready to sail back to a new home in the Isle of Wight. We were moving there as part of a change in my job, and so we took the opportunity to find a berth, sail her round, and spend as much time as we could on her.
A TOUR INSIDE
Inside (from the front), we have a V-berth which tends to be crammed full of stuff that we currently need, although we can move it all out to have extra sleeping accommodation. When we are land-based, we have a storage unit nearby, and use this to rotate what is stored on the boat, as well as relying on the lofts of various friends and relatives.
Next up, is the heads (toilets) to one side, and a full-length cupboard opposite where we keep our sailing gear. There is good height inside – Milos is the only boat we found that gives Steve enough headspace in the saloon.
The saloon has a typical layout of a long seat either side of a fold-down table, and is where we spend most of our time, Steve on one side and me on the other. It is our office, sewing room, project room, and general sitting area. Behind and below the sofas (which are mid-way through being re-upholstered), are many storage cupboards. Within this main space, is also an L – shaped galley and the navigation table. A passageway with a door then leads to the aft cabin, which is mainly our bed covered with duvets.
SOME FACTS AND FIGURES
- Milos carries 200 litres of fresh water and 130 litres of fuel. We also like to carry some extra fuel in jerry cans when sailing (which carry 25 litres).
She has 3 anchors. The main one is a 20kg Rocna, and we have a fortress kedge anchor and a spare CQR, just in case.
The engine is a 43HP Volva Penta 2003T.
She has a Monitor windvane self-steering system, currently bumped and being replaced.
The galley is equipped with a Nelson gas cooker, and 12v/240v refrigerator. We never use the refrigerator as we prefer to keep power use to an absolute minimum.
For heating, we have an Eberspacher diesel heater although we tend to use a simple 2Kw fan Heater, that we from B&Q for £15, to keep us warm during the winter months.
When at anchor, or when we cannot get power, Milos has two 100 watt panels charging 4 x 110 amp hours batteries – this is more than enough power!
As well as the three sails (mizzen, main and jib), we also have a cruising shute, a hanked-on jib, and a mizzen stay-sail that we’ve never used.