NECTON – all in a name
When born we are strongly attached to something. The mother’s womb with the cozy family tranquility. In early youth we are bentos (defining in biology all marine species linked to the bottom that do not move) and our surfing in the ocean of life is limited and cautious. Everything is dark and threatening and adventure is felt dangerous and we find tranquility is in the certainty of the things that surround us.
By leave our first youth we start our wandering in the sea of life were we are transported by currents and tides that run through the history of mankind. Then we become plankton (defining in biology all marine species that migrate and move thanks to the wind and the currents) and our surfing in the ocean of life is random, inspired by the overwhelming and momentary passions that disrupt our lives. The adventure is sometimes irresponsible rush to unrealistic destinies.
The day will come for us to cross a line that stands along the arc of the horizon: The shadow line. Leaving our youth we have to cross it in order to make our adventure something big and less random.
When we cross the thin line of the shadow line we become necton (defining in biology all marine species that blend into the sea vastness on the basis of a conscious impulse, a precise determination of direction) and our surfing in the ocean of life becomes inspired by will and determination making adventure a path of our journey. Odds always plays their part in shuffling the cards of our life but necton is determined action, concrete desire, mature experience to the service of the horizons we have set. Our adventure is no longer a hypothesis, but an active process. This is NECTON.
NECTON – information about the boat
Necton is a newly designed cutter, built for offshore sailing that combines security, autonomy and comfort. This one-off boat is made of aluminum with three watertight bulkheads, a short draft fixed keel that incorporates centerboard and a rudder with skeg.
Detail of the construction of the boat
The concentration of weights amidships is one of the distinctive elements of this boat: anchor chain is collected in the saloon; engine and structural fuel and water tanks are placed amidships. These design features, together with the narrow beam, ensure to the boat a remarkable seaworthiness making navigation and sailing pleasant. To ensure visibility in all conditions from inside a scenic deck-house make the boat’s deck.
With Necton a modern and bright design joins with the rigorous search of safety and reliability in navigation: essential qualities for a boat designed for high-ocean sailing at high latitudes, even in icy conditions.
The rudder with skeg, robust and reliable.
Detail of the watertight door that divides the forward cabin from the rest of the boat. Forward cabin and sail locker are two watertight compartments that are combined with other two aft watertight compartments: the swimming platform and the stern lockers.
The remarkable watertight compartmentalization of the boat is designed for sailing at high latitudes (in presence of ice) or in the unexplored areas where there are no reliable nautical charts.
NECTON, interior. Two double cabins aft with shared bathroom. Generous chart table. Dinette and kitchen. Bathroom and forward cabin. Autonomy and comfort characterize this boat that can accommodate up to four guests in two double cabins with shared bathroom, while the owners have a cabin and a private bathroom in the bow.
The sail plan is versatile with a genoa and a self tacking jib permanently armed on furlers, whereas the mainsail is reefed from the cockpit, where all the lines are controlled.
Detail of the stoppers on the deckhouse. All the lines of the boat are controlled from the cockpit.
The bow is clear, to provide a convenient area for sunbathing. In addition to the Genoa the Jib is self-tacking, simplifying navigation with strong winds. A deck-house creates a bright environment. The anchor chain runs below deck to be collected under the dinette, contributing to the exceptional stability of the boat.
A double helm provides excellent visibility in navigation and helps to make the cockpit spacious and comfortable for the crew both at sea and at anchor.
The boat is equipped with fridge, freezer and 220V electric current distributed in the guest cabins. The water tanks (550Lt) and diesel (800Lt) guarantee a great range, allowing for long trips before the need of refiling arises.
The two aft cabins are spacious, bright and comfortable with ample stowage areas.
The aft head
The chart table, from where you can drive the boat in bad weather and the bright dinette.
The kitchen with deep refrigerator and freezer.
This is a video showing the boat building
NECTON – technical information
EU category A: High Seas
This is a boat designed for extended voyages, in which the wind force may exceed 8 (Beaufort scale) and significant waves height greater than 4 meters. It is a largely self-sufficient vessel.
Hull and deck
Insulated with closed cell foam 10 cm
Hull length: 13,60 mt
Width: 4,00 mt
Minimum draft: 1,60 mt
Maximum draft: 3,50 mt
Weight 13,6 Ton
Three cabins with double beds
Two bathrooms with shower
Large chart table
Tools locker and work table
Fans in cabins and dinette
USB sockets for charging in cabins and dinette
Eight people liferaft
Backup Garmin GPS (2)
Electric bilge pump
Manual bilge pump
Watertight compartments number 4
Carbon monoxide alarm system CO
Gas leak alarm system
Solenoid valve for gas cylinders remote control with automatic shut-off in the event of a gas leak
Rockets and emergency and safety equipment for navigation over 50 Miles
Plumbing and bathrooms
Outdoor shower with hot and cold water
Showers in the heads
Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and showers
Three burners stove
Propane Gas 2 x 6 kg
Camping gas 2 x 3 Kg
Water 550 Lt
Diesel 800 Lt
Daily fuel tank 90 Lt
Black water 114 Lt
Engine, propeller and steering
Diesel engine, 4-cylinder, 87 hp
Folding propeller with variable pitch (Autoprop)
Rudder with skeg, twin steering wheel
Four battens mainsail with free base, 55 m2 with 3 reefs
Genoa 53 m2
Self-tacking jib 27 m2
Storm jib 15 m2
120 m2 Gennaker
2 main winches
2 secondary winches
2 winch on the deckhouse
1 mast winch
Forestay 12 mm
Backstay 10 mm
Diagonal low and high (D1 and D3) 10 mm
Diagonal (D2) 8 mm
Vertical Low (V1) 12 mm
Vertical (V2) 10 mm
Rokna 40Kg main anchor, 100 m chain
Stern anchor Delta 20 kg, 30 m chain and 50 mt line
Bow electric anchor winch
Aft electric anchor winch
Lines 200 mt
Services batteries 575 Ah / 12V
Engine battery 115 Ah / 12V
Isolating transformer 110V / 220V
Echo / log / wind
satellite phone Iridium
Tender with rigid hull and 4 stroke engine