About Nereida 2008

About Nereida 2008


nereida poseidon


Nereida is a Najad 361, hull number 93, built in 1997 by Najadvarvet at Henan on the island of Orust in Sweden. She is named after the 'nereids' of ancient Greek mythology who were the 'handmaidens of Poseidon' (or Neptune, as the Romans called him) - so she is a 'sea nymph'! On the sea-front at Puerto Vallarta is a lovely bronze of Nereida and Poseidon - shown as mermaid and merman.


LOA- 11.2m (36'9") LWL - 9.25m (30'4") Beam - 3.50m (11'6") Draft - 2.0m (6'6")
Displacement (empty!) - 8.0 ton (8000 kg) Bolted lead keel - 3.2 ton (3200 kg)
Hull speed - 7.8 kts Mast height - 14.25m (46'9") Mast height above waterline - 16.0m (52'6")
Sail plan - Sloop, with removable inner forestay for optional cutter rig
Sails (sq m /sq ft)
Main 32/344 Furling Genoa 41.5/447 Cruising chute 83/893 Storm jib 12/129
Engine - Volvo Penta MD22L, 48hp (35.5 kW)


Ground Tackle

  • 20 kg. Bruce
  • 35 lb Delta
  • FX-23 Fortress
  • 12 kg Grapnel (kedge: 5m chain, 30m warp)
  • Chain - 100m + 30m hitest 8mm (5/16")
  • Warp -50m 16mm nylon multiplait

Water and Diesel

  • Water tank - 350 ltrs (77 gals)
  • Water maker (desalination) - Spectra 12v system with 2 pumps
  • Diesel: tanks 200 + 100 liters (44 + 22 gals);additional 120 liters (26 gals) in containers

Power Generation

  • Solar panels - 2 Siemens 12v 55W and 2 Siemens 12V 80W
  • Wind generator - KISS (Trinidad)
  • Electrical supplies - 12v DC: 240v 4kVA 50Hz AC Fischer-Panda diesel generator
  • Balmar 110 amp secondary alternator on engine

Electronics and Software

  • Weather data receivers - Weatherfax via HF to computer, also NASA Marine Navtex
  • Inmarsat C (GMDSS) transceiver - Thrane & Thrane TT3022D
  • VHF radio - Simrad RS82 2-position (25/1W masthead); ICOM IC-MIV (handheld)
  • HF/SSB radio - ICOM 710M
  • Modem - SCS Pactor PTC-IIe (e-mail, weatherfax) for Airmail 2000 software (Winlink)
  • Forward looking sonar - Echopilot
  • A.I.S. - Milltech Marine to laptop via smart splitter on VHF aerial, also Nasa Marine stand-alone display.
  • Radar - Raymarine 18" radome scanner
  • Autopilot - Raymarine Linear Drive Type 2 acting on quadrant, S3G course computer with ST6002 control head
  • Instruments - Raymarine ST60+ wind, speed/log, depth, ST50 GPS display, remote handheld controls.
  • GPS - Raymarine Raystar125 dGPS sensor plus 2 Garmin 48 handhelds
  • CD player/Radio (LW/MW/AF), Jensen
  • Charting - Nobeltec Admiral version 9.0 using electronic world charts on CDs; Raymarine C70 combined radar/plotter with Navionics Gold cards; Garmin plotter with Bluechart cards. Also backup paper charts.


  • Windlass - Lofrans Airon (electric)
  • Liferaft - Avon Modula 4 man
  • Tender - Zodiac 310 (inflatable floor)
  • Heating - Eberspacher 8 kW, (diesel) circulated hot air
  • Refrigerator - Danfoss compressor - 110 ltrs capacity
  • Sextant & tables - yes
  • Tiller pilot - Navico, capable of driving Windpilot (windvane)
  • Wind Steering - Windpilot Pacific Plus, servo-pendulum windvane driving auxiliary rudder
  • Propeller - 3-bladed, automatic variable pitch - Autoprop (Bruntons UK)
  • Ropestripper (Ambassador Marine) - rope cutter forward of propeller on propshaft
  • Andersen winches: 2 46ST & 4 28ST in cockpit; 2 12ST & reefing winch on mast


Sponsors for 2012-2013

Sponsors Supporting my Nonstop Circumnavigation 2012-2013


Companies donating services and equipment

raymarineA variety of Raymarine equipment is on board, including radar, plotter and hydraulic autopilot (T3), in addition to basic instruments. The UK HQ team have been very supportive and helpful and are always quick to try to resolve any problems, including whilst on passage. Their autopilot has coped well in bad sea conditions and the plotters and radar have many useful features, one of which is incorporating an AIS input.  Another feature I particularly liked was the wind, heading and COG vectors - giving vital info at a glance.

exactEarth solid colorI was contacted by exactEarth in Cambridge, Ontario (Canada) about setting up a page on their website,, to show my nonstop RTW track and details via my AIS (VHF) signal, picked up regularly by low-orbiting satellites. They use a constellation of polar orbiting satellites which cross each pole 14 times a day, meaning full global coverage each day with no gaps, although at times my Class B signal was too weak to be picked up....


Scanstrut An excellent, strong, gimballed radar support kept the radar 'looking forward' and level in all sea conditions.
ACR ACR provided their excellent EPIRB and also their new floating, waterproof ResQLink+ Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), together with a Rapid Ditch Bag. International Safety Products (ISP) donated a comfortable 'self-righting' life-jacket with face protection and strobe light.
Jabsco    Thanks to Jabsco Pumps for donating a fuel transfer pump and a vital part for the head!

Dubarry Logo Dubarry boots and deck shoes - are lovely as well as being functional!  Many people have noticed and commented on them - both the (Goretex) boots and the colourful, comfortable deck shoes.   My old ones saw good use over several years and I've been very satisfied with them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


I'd also like to thank the following companies for their support which has been very much appreciated: 

Surette batteries (Rolls)
Navionics (UK / Italy)
Jeckell's Sailmakers
Brunton's Propellers
Icom UK
Force 4 Chandlery
Yachting Sports UK Ltd