The boat

Midnight Breeze is a Sweden Yachts 42, built in 2004. The boat was originally commissioned by Caroline’s brother Nick and we are privileged to have the opportunity to sail her to distant shores.

The boat (then called Breeze) features on page 22 of the Sweden Yachts sales brochure , which paints a good picture of the place which has become our home. (The brochure also makes much of the performance of this particular model but “fast” in yacht terms is still no more than 9 or 10mph in a flat sea, so don’t get the wrong impression!) 

Those with a thirst for more detail (and less marketing-speak) might want to browse the specification, where you will find all sorts of facts and figures and a list of the standard equipment on board.

Whilst the boat was relatively well-equipped as supplied, we have made some upgrades for long term cruising:

  • Automatic Identification System (AIS) which makes us visible to ships within 20 miles (and them to us). It also allows us to be tracked on marinetraffic.com
  • Laptop and tablet navigation systems with additional GPS devices for redundancy 
  • 33kg Rocna Vulcan anchor and 100m of 10mm G40 chain to keep us safely attached to the seabed
  • Bimini (sunshade), including side panels to shade us from the tropical sun
  • 560W of solar panels to keep the batteries topped when not attached to shore power
  • Cabin fans to keep us cool on those sultry evenings at anchor
  • Twin yankees (headsails) for downwind sailing

When the time is right, we’ll add a wind vane (which will steer the boat automatically) and a water maker (to convert sea water into fresh water). All these additions, plus a set of spares, tools and a comprehensive first aid kit will make life easier and safer as we venture further on our travels.