Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem is a so-called “Slup” with a single mast for the mainsail and a separate foresail. It was built in 1997 by the german shipyard “Bavaria” in Giebelstadt and is certified for high seas by the German Lloyd. I am the third owner ever since. The hull is made of high strength plastic (GRP) and is approximately 10 metres long and 3,25 metres wide. The mast has a height of 14 metres over water. The draft is 1,70 metres with a short ballast bulb keel.

Manufacturer: Bavaria Yachts
Designer: J & J Design
Type: Bavaria 32 Holiday
Rigging: Slup, 9/10 getakelt
Mainsail: 2 x 25 qm slatted
Genoa: 20 m2 Rollsail
Foresail: 15 m2 Rollsail
Storm jib: 6 m2
Keel: Iron, bolted
Overall length: 9,95 m
Waterline length: 8,05 m
Waterline wide: 2,67 m
Length of hull: 9,75 m
Width of hull: 3,25 m
Draft: 1,70 m
Height above water: 14,10 m
Weight: 3,6 t Ballast: 1,15 t
Engine: Volvo Penta MD 2020 Diesel
Performance: 14kw/19HP
Bunks: 4+2
Material: GRP
Diesel tank: 60 Liters + Reserve
Fresh water: 170 Liter + Reserve

Here are some pictures of Carpe Diem.

Safety on Carpe Diem
Among other things CD is equipped with the following safety facilities.
– Automatic lifejackets
– Safety harnesses and lifelines
– Offshore life raft
– Dinghy with outboard
– Marker buoy with floating collar, light and sea anchor
– Life buoy with line
– Mobile ladder
– Prescribed distress signs
– FM radio with GMDSS and DSC controller
– First aid equipment and aid kits
– Secure gas plant
– ABC and CO2 extinguishers and fire blankets
– Bilge pumps
– Comprehensive tool- and repair material
– Boat certification by German Lloyd
– Double navigation technology

For the atlantic crossing upgraded:
– Second forestay
– Satellite terminal for voice and data traffic
– Mechanical wind-autopilot
– Larger ground tackle
– Rear ground tackle
– Windgenerator

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13 thoughts on “Carpe Diem

    1. Hi Larry, actually i sailed back to Germany. Hopefully i can post more videos sonn. I am very busy at the moment. Bet wishes Guido

  1. Hi Guido

    Excellent videos and congratulations on your crossing. Very Inspiring and just plain awesome the way you filmed really made me appreciate how difficult the passage is. Just a small question you mentioned above you installed a second forestay how did it function and what its purpose? Thanks regards Geoff Perks.

    1. Hi Geoff, thanks for your message. In fact i planned to install a second forestay but after all i did not, cause the efforts for that were just to high. So i sailed with just one forestay and made it home save :-). Best wishes Guido

  2. Hi Guido
    I have really enjoyed your videos and congratulations on your crossing the Atlantic, very inspiring. I have a question … you mentioned above that you fitted a second forestay what was your setup for this and how did it function? I couldn’t see the second forestay in the videos.
    best wishes Geoff

  3. Hello, Guido! I’m really enjoying your excursion and have watched all the videos up to the Canary Islands. My goodness, what great work you’ve done … not just on the journey itself, but also on the excellent videos you’ve created!

    Just one question: can you tell me, please, which windvane selfsteering system you’re using? It seems to work really great for you, and I’m purchasing a Bavaria as well (Cruiser 37). I would be very grateful to have your recommendation.

    Many thanks, best regards, and keep up the GREAT work!

  4. Guido, great narration…. Makes the films stand out from a crowded sailing section. Really enjoyed your journey so far and wish you fair winds for the remainder.

    We may not be so far behind you on our yacht norm and cluff, a 41 foot hanse and look forward to any chance meeting on the other side, so take care.
    Garry and Maria

  5. Hello Guido!
    Congratulations to your crossing, really amazing trip.
    Now I’m going to start yacht sailing, and I tried to find videos about yachting and found yours. You made a great job, it is more than just video – it is a masterpiece. I watched others and they were a little bit boring…..Your videos made my day. Now I’am watching them again and again to learn more about living on board, working on board, sailing, mooring, radios and so on….
    Thank you very much for that! You finally convinced me that sailing is the thing I need.
    Good luck to you and Carpe Diem!

  6. Hi Guido
    congratulations on your Atlantic crossing and thanks for sharing this very well prepared and informative videos. I see that you have a simple but yet functional IT setup on your laptop for weather forecasts, chart-plotter (I assume it is OpenCPN), AIS etc. I would appreciate if you could describe your navigation system and what software/hardware/internet/etc you have been using. Many thanks and regards from New York

    1. Hi Borjan, you are right … it`s quite simple. I used the following setup:

      – SAMSUNG Netbook NC10
      – FUGAWI ENC 4.5 Navigation Software
      – NAVIONICS charts on SD-card
      – GPS antenna (outboards) via USB
      – COMAR AIS receiver via USB (antenna outboards)

      The weather files are actually grib-files from zygrib, which is a free service. The files are downloaded via Iridium satellite phone (attached to a second notebook). This works quite good cause the files are highly compressed and very small.

      Weather and AIS information can be imported as a chart- overlay into the FUGAWI software.

      Thats it :-) .. Guido

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