FAQ: Sails, Electronics, Inventory

By popular demand, pasted on this page are the owner’s email responses to buyer questions about Le Saberage’s electronics, sails, and other inventory. Please fill out and submit the Contact form if these contents are incomplete.


“The engine is the original Westerbeke 46 with 4,140 hours. It’s been awesome – it doesn’t consume oil and has a brand new heat exchanger. Mechanics tell me these are 10,000 hour engines when properly maintained and we’ve been religious about the 100-hour oil changes. There is every indication that prior owners were just as careful.”


“Sail inventory is full batten Dacron main with a Dutchman quick flaking system, 135% jib, and two spinnakers. There is also a backup 120% jib that we bought used. It wasn’t cut for this boat and as such has a very high clew but it’s great on reaching passages. I am not sure the age of the sails but the sail shapes are quite good (especially the jib). The main is pretty full but the Dacron still has a fair amount of ‘crunch’ to it. There is also a stand-alone storm jib.”

“Her main spinnaker is a used asymmetrical from a J/105 that fits the boat PERFECTLY. It’s easiest to fly it tacked to the stem but we often pole it back with the whisker pole on deeper runs. The boat came with a “cruising” spinnaker with a sock but we far prefer the shape of the J/105 spinnaker.”


“For electronics, we installed a Wiri Pro onboard internet system which can either relay a marina’s wifi or use a subscription to a cell provider like Verizon for 4G internet.”

“We also installed a VesperMarine AIS transponder which we love. We access it via the iPad app (it joins the wifi) so you have an AIS plotter wherever you are on the boat and it includes an integrated anchor alarm. Both are VERY nice features – especially when single handling! In the photo below, I have brought the AIS plotter down below while single handling in a busy part of the Chesapeake’s shipping lane. Stress free lunch preparation (canned ravioli!!) with occasional visual peaks above decks.”

“As for other electronics, there is a very nice B&G “Network” wind / depth / auto pilot system, an old Furino radar that works fine and is supposed to have a chart plotter but the chart plotter’s GPS signal isn’t working. We never use it – we have navigated to and from Newport, Rhode Island from Annapolis, Maryland then down the coast to Florida and all through the Bahamas using our iPads to navigate and we find it works better because we can move all over the boat with a chart plotter. In fact when operating friend’s boats, we ignore their hyper-expensive new chart plotters and use our iPad apps to pilot and navigate when standing watch! But if having a good on-board chart plotter is important, then the good news here is that you wouldn’t be paying for a more recent, but recently outdated system that you’d rather upgrade. Instead, you have a green field to upgrade to the most recent stuff from scratch. But my vote? Skip it. Use the iPads & iPhones for chart plotting.”


“For a dinghy you have two possible choices. Either a 2011 10’3″ Apex with a folding hard floor (but soft bottom) or a 2001 9’3″ Avon – or both if you’d like two! Here is the tradeoff between the two. The Apex is newer and in much better condition (very good actually) but folded up it won’t fit in the sail locker. We keep it folded up on the deck in its bag when it’s not in use just forward of the dodger. That works great. The Avon is not in great shape (no leaks or anything, but just more tired) but it can be folded up and put in the sail locker when not in use. Going along with either dinghy is a 4 stroke Honda 2.5 in great condition.”

Electrical Generation

Le Saberage is not equipped with solar or wind generation but she does have a 90 amp alternator charging two 4D house batteries (400 amp hours) plus a 100 amp engine start battery. She also has LED interior bulbs, so there is plenty of battery capacity. We found that living aboard in the Bahamas at anchor we ran the engine once a day for around 20-30 minutes to cool the fridge and charge the batteries if we weren’t planning to travel. If we didn’t need to cool the fridge we could literally go days without needing to charge the batteries. It’s certainly the case that for longer range living aboard it would be better to have additional power generation but the way we’ve used the boat we found we traveled often enough that the engine was being run anyway so we didn’t get around to adding solar or wind generation. For AC power needs when away from the dock she has a Xantrex Inverter Charger.”


  • Marine Air reverse cycle air conditioning / heating
  • Seafrost engine-driven or shore power refridgeration
  • Raritan electric macerating aft head
  • ICOM VHF 502 radio @ helm w/ remote mike
  • ICOM VHF 402 at nav station
  • ICOM IC-M 710 Single Side Band at nav station
  • E meter electric consumption guage
  • Microwave
  • Electric windlass
  • NavTec hydraulic backstay adjuster (rebuilt 2018)
  • Shoreside fresh water intake
  • Seawater electric anchor washdown pump (new 2016)
  • Hella 12volt fans
  • Dinghy Tow system


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