Chalice is coded to MCA CAT2 (category two) and inspected annually. These inspections cover the safety aspects and integrity of the ship and include everything from having current up-to-date charts (irrespective of whatever ‘clever’ electronics are on board) to fire extinguishers and lifejackets.

Although not a requirement, Chalice is fitted with Vosper Maxi-fin stabilizers. These are hydraulically controlled fins attached to the keel below the water line, which can be activated if we are sailing in rough seas (yes, it does happen sometimes!). Although Chalice is perfectly safe and stable without this equipment, it does help to give a smoother ride which – if nothing else – is greatly appreciated by the cook when preparing meals.

General specification · Dimensions – 68’ 0” (21m) x 16’ 6” (5m) x 7’ 6” (2.3m) · Gross tonnage – 56.2 tonnes · MCA Category 2 for up to 12 guests + 5 crew · Engines – twin Dorman 180 hp marine deisels. (Appox 2 x 10 litres). · Generator – Vetus 10KvA silent-run · Fuel Capacity – 4000 litres · Range – 1000 nautical miles · Cruising speed – 8-10 knots @ 1200rpm. · Fresh water capacity – 5000 litres (about 1200 gallons) · Seafresh desalination plant – on average, this can produce up to 300 litres of fresh drinking water per day · Stabilisers – Vosper Maxi-fin with Koopnautic solid-state gyro fin-sensing and control

Instrumentation and navigation · MaxSea PC chartplotting · Furuno radar (48 miles) · Raymarine 4kw Pathfinder radar (72 miles) · Raymarine C120 integrated chartplotter · 2 x Furuno WAAS enabled GPS receivers · Furuno colour fishfinder/sonar · Icom 601 DSC VHF radio + reserve set + handheld + Vodafone mobile · Benmar Automatic Pilot · Furuno WeatherFax · Adverc battery/charge monitoring system

Safety · Life-raft: Dunlop DTI 20 man with hydrostatic release and EPIRB · Life belts and jackets · Fire extinguishers and pyrotechnics · CO2 fire extinguishing system in engine room · Tender: Zodiac “Grand Raider Mk II” inflatable with 35hp engine · First Aid Kits · No Smoking inside vessel at all times