the boat michelle built
About the boat – The Australia Maid
Michelle chose to build the Woodvale design. Classified a “pure” class. She is 7.7m long and 2m wide. Made from carbon fibre, modern material – a combination of 5 and 8mm foam core. As per specifications, she will self-right if capsized and has self-draining decks.
Michelle stored all her food in the hatched below the deck and under her bunk, in the rear cabin.
On board systems include:
In addition, Michelle carries a 4-man life raft, EPIRB, PLB, sat phone, hand held VHF, flares, signalling mirror, extensive medical kit, series of drogue and parachute anchors and a hand-held water maker – in case of emergency.
This boat has been built in conjunction with strict rules and regulations, with redundancy features a high priority.
Michelle sits on a sliding seat and uses carbon fibre Croker oars.