Boat and equipment

The name of the boat.

The boat is called S / Y Pliosaurus, the choice is not random, but unfortunately a bit long and difficult and will probably create some challenges in VHF communications in various countries, but a challenge we take. We wanted a name that linked the boat to the sea, and Svalbard(Spitsbergen). The boat are homeported in Longyearbyen, and since dad has lived there for 20 years, mother for 12 years and the boys grew up there so we could not let the Arctic archipelago so easy. S / Y stands for the English words Sailing Yacht (sailing vessel), and Pliosaurus is the name of the fosil marine reptiles which in recent years have dug out on Svalbard. This was the ancient underwater dinosaurs, some terrible predators that ruled the oceans long before humans appeared on earth. We found that our relatively large and rough sailboat in aluminum, should be called up for something big and rough, and then we were in no doubt about the name. We are not experts in the pliosaur, but for those who are interested can you study Jørn Hurum working on Svalbard, and the following links might be interesting to look at:  and . I have been in contact with Jørn and he thought it was funny that I had cold the  boat Pliosaurus, and thought it was okay that I linked the name up to his name and work. I might mention that both Thor Alexander in 1st class at Longyearbyen school and Baard Robert / John Kennet in Kullungen kindergarten last year was visited by Jørn. They thought it was very funny to hear about marine reptiles in the ocean and also Ida. Who Ida is can be found on the website of the Natural History Museum in Oslo, link above. Now we hope that our marime reptile will rule the seas for many years.

Illustration of a pliosaur.


The following communication equipment is alert settings or with the boat:

It is mounted Reymarine 218 VHF, this is fixed by map table, with an additional handset by steeringpositionen, so that it can operated from two places and used as We also have a handheld VHF type Reymarine Rey 101E, as a reserve in the boat, to use the rubber boat or on land. In addition, a backup communication if one must go to the raft.

We also fitted a marine BLU ICOM 802 # 02 HF radio (short wave radio) for communication over large distances.

By satellite-based communication, we have an Iridium 9555, this is a handset which is in reserve, and with 2 extra batteries, this will primarily be in reserve, and for use in the raft. Main communication will go through a Imarsat C satellite telephone from the Fleetcom FB 150 This gives us the network access regardless of where we are except for the polar regions, and we should steer away from all cold so there is no problem.

The boat is equipped with active AIS transmitter and sending through  VHF band emits boat job position, speed and course. This is so that the boats around us will see us and see how we go. We have also the recipient so that we can see other boats. This mainly provide increased safety at night and in poor visibility.

Should the accident be happend and we go down or have to leave the ship, we have a G5 MC A MC Murdo EPIRB. (Float-free EPIRBs) that sends the vessel landmarks and  position via satellite, to the nearest rescue center no matter where we are. This is mounted so that it loosens itself from the boat and start sending if the boat goes down quickly.

We have a Safe Link AIS SART from Kannard Marine, which has a range of 10nm, which sends our  position to nearby vessels, and the signal that we are in need of help. This is prime time for 96 hours, and is only intended to use if we end up in the raft.

Of more personal equipment we have:

Reymarine Life Tag System (6 items) these are small gadgets that can be attached to the jacket, which provides a high alarm in the boat if someone falls overboard and disappeare. Meanwhile, chartplotter register the position where he fell overboard. We also have a personal AIS, type Safe Link R10 sending the position for at least 24 hours, to anyone who is close to 4 Nm. And a personal EPIRB GME MT 410 m / GPS, which has the same functions as the EPIRB as described above. This is prime time at least 24 hours.

Drawings of the boat.

Tegninger av båten.

Tegninger av båten.

Ovni 495

The boat is built of SAS Chantier Alubat in France, and was delivered from the shipyard in May 2011. The boat is delivered according to our own specifications, and is the first and only Ovni 495 who is delivered in Norway. The boat is a class A – ocean cruiser, and is certified for up to 8 people at ocean sailing. In the owner’s manual they, guarantee that the boat behaves perfectly even under extreme weather conditions such as storm, hurricane, cyclone, etc. The yard says that the vessel restrictions will be maintaining of the equipment, and physical and mental strength of the crews. This we have  to believe?  All Ovni models come with raise / lower keel. and the boat sticking only 95 cm deep, with keel pulled up, this gives s the opportunity to go into the lagoons, up in shallow rivers, and to put the boat on land ( we can let the tide lie the boat on land for  lubricating , propeller change, or other required inspections / repairs).

Of special things that fit our desires and requirements include: We did not want to get the boat to come with Volvo Penta engine as is standard, but got put into a Yanmar engine 110 hp. We have installed a 3.5 KW water-cooled diesel generator of a Whisper Power M-SC3, 5, and a Water Maker of type desaltor also with a capacity of 60 liters of fresh water per. hour. We have installed a solar panel and a wind turbine of the type Eolienne D400. We thus have four alternative power producers on board and own production of freshwater. We have put up plenty of 220v outlets  all over the boat. In addition to an upgraded galley with a Force 10 gas stove with 3 burners and oven, has integrated a microwave as well as boat equipped with an induction hob. (We have of course inverter, which can supply 220V, from our 12V battery bank). We thus have the ability to choose electricity or gas for cooking on board. In addition, we ship delivered in a special edition with 4 cabins instead of standard 3 All through-hull is welded, so we do not have any concerns with seals / gaskets and flanges on the outside of the hull. The boat is equipped with a diesel burner of a Dickinson Newport, this is equipped with a 80L fuel tank. In addition, the boat has twin rudders as standard, with steering wheel and steering gear, we also have with us (used on long cruises) a Hydrovane vindvane. This allows us to practice three ruthers and three independent control options. Finally, we have to mentioned that we chose to put on a propeller of a Maxprop Ecowind, we’ve also got the original prop and set nut for this, which are included in the spare parts list, along with a tool for removal of the propeller. That means we have double protection on the propeller as vell.

Tekniske data:

Architecture: Philippe Briand
Design category: A
No of notified organization CE/0607
Nr CIN FR -ALU _____
Hull lenght: 14.68 m
Waterline length: 12.82 m
Maximum breadth: 4.50 m
Draught: 0.95/2.95 m
Beam: 20.35 m
Weight of the ballast: 4 800 kg
Centerboard: 300 kg
Slight displacement: 13800 kg
GV surfase: 50.50 m²
Genova surface: 70,30 m²
Staysail: 27,40 m²
Fresh water capacity tank: 860 L
Fuel capacity: 680 L
Holdingtank. 80 L x 2
Engine battery: 95 Ah x 1
Servicebattery: 95Ah x 6  (570Ah)
Main means of propulsion Sail
Maximum admissible engine power: 80,9 kw / 110 cv