Rhapsody - the boat
Rhapsody is a 1993 Beneteau 510, hull number 243
|82 hp diesel
|100 gals original
This is one big loaded boat. I don't even know where to start. Lets
start with big.
4 bedrooms 3 baths.
She's almost 16 feet wide by 51 feet long ... tho she draws
only 6' of water.
Stepping down into the cabin, to either side aft are two double cabins,
each with a hanging closet and an ensuite bathroom. To port is the
dining salon which seats 4-6 adults and features storage behind and
around. To starboard is the separate, forward facing Nav station, and
in front of that, the huge galley which includes a three burner range,
a front loading
refridgerator, and a separate top loading freezer. There are many large deep
cabinets in the galley and all cabinets on the boat come with secure
sea-latches. Forward of the salon is the master suite with a centerline
queen berth and desks and closets on each side. The master ensuite head
has a separate shower area.
Note that these photos were taken when I first bought the boat.
There have been many improvments to Rhapsody, notably, I
replaced all the upholstery. Please see the
for updated photographs!
As if that wasn't enough, totally separated from this whole interior by
a water tight bulkhead (forward of the master suite) is a completely
separate "crew" cabin which includes two single bunks, a closet and shelving.
Tho this cabin can be said to sleep two, it is generally used for sail
and utility storage, and is large enough to bring, I dunno, a drumset
(?), a PA. and a keyboard lol. Forward of that is the chain
locker and electric windlass bringing her up full to her 51' foot
length. As far as other deck storage, there are also two very large
lazerettes in the cockpit, as well as 3 or 4 good sized ones there and
on the swim step.
As far as loaded, she came with a lot of very high quality equipment for cruising.
- Air Conditioning
- Brand New 8KW Fischer Panda Generator
- Brand New Refridgeration
- Brand New Village Marine 200 gpd Watermaker
- Brand New Raymarine Radar and Chartplotter
- Furuno SSB (Shortwave) Transciever
- Handheld and Nav Station VHF with helm repeater
- 120W Solar Panel and controller
- Wind Generator
- 1000 AH House Battery Bank (10 Golf Cart Batteries)
- Autohelm 7000 Autopilot
- Furling Main Sail
- Furling 130% Genoa
- Additional Stays and Storm Sail
- Additional 100% Jib
- Cruising Gennaker
- Anchor Riding Sail
- Electric Anchor Windlass with Helm Controls
- Hydrostatically Mounted Offshore 6 Person Life Raft
- Hydrostatically Mounted 406 EPIRB with GPS
- Dodger and Bimini
- Newer Rebuilt Engine
- Deck Washdown Pump
- Transom Swim Step
She has full air conditioning (three separate units for the master, salon, and back cabins),
which I felt was necessary for the plan of summering over in the tropics. The air conditioning
can be run at the dock (using "shore" power), or away from the dock using the Genset for power.
The 8KW diesel Genset is brand new, installed in June of 2006, and is one of the highest quality brands
made, Fischer Panda, which also happens to be among the quietest, and supplies plenty of power
for the air conditioning or any other needs on the boat. The front loading refridgerator
and top loading freezer also have brand new compressors and plates (November 2006).
Another thing I felt was important was a watermaker. The ability to produce
drinking water on the boat means I wont be as likely to suffer "Montezumas Revenge"
as I travel thru Mexico and Central America. Rhapsody came with a brand new, top quality,
Village Marine watermaker. The previous owner just purchased it and installed in June of
2006. At about 8 gallons per hour, it should supply all my needs, allowing for plenty
of potable drinking water and showers every other day (instead of once a week, yech!).
She came with a host of electronics, most of which are very expensive, top-of-the-line units.
The chartplotters and radar are very recent top of the line "E-Series"
units from Raymarine. These displays allow you to overlay the radar
and electronic chart (with your gps position, of course) onto a single
display, and much more. The displays can also integrate other instrumentation
including wind speed & direction, depth and fishfinders, and can even be
networked to display other inputs like dvd players, computers, or remote
cameras. There is one display at the helm (starboard) and
another display at the nav station,
which is really really handy so you can see what is going on in either place.
The output of these can also be routed to be displayed on either of the
two flat screen TV's that came with Rhapsody (one in the salon and one
in the master cabin).
As far as communications, in addition to the usual VHF radios (one handheld,
and one mounted at nav station with a repeater at the helm), Rhapsody came
with a Furuno Single Sideband Shortwave Radio and Antenna (insulated backstay).
These radios are a necessity for cruising, as VHF is only good for 20 miles or
so, whereas the shortwave allows communications around the world.
The SSB also allows for limited data communications (downloading weather
charts) and email which will be very important on the trip. Rhapsody
also came with a dedicated "WeatherFax" unit which duplicates the SSB-weather
functionality, printing to thermal paper, but it's an old unit and I may
remove it from the boat.
Rounding out the electrical system, Rhapsody came with a newer 120W
solar panel and controller, a brand new Wind Generator
(still in the box, it was never installed),
and a huge battery bank consisting of ten golf cart batteries.
Although the actual batteries will need to be replaced, having
the storage and wiring in place for all those batteries, about 1000 amp hours,
along with the alternative supply sources, means that I will always have
enough energy to run the refrigerator, watermaker, radios, lights, and so on.
Regarding her sails, she has an in-mast furling system
for the main sail, and a roller furled 130% genoa on the headstay.
She is also rigged with an inner stay, running backstays, and
a storm sail for really heavy weather. This inner stay may be
able to be used as a cutter rig (to fly two head sails at the
same time). There was also a 100% jib and a "gennaker" sail
included in Rhapsody's inventory when we purchased her. Heck, she
even came with an "anchor riding sail", which is a little sail, about as big
as a table cloth, that you fly off of the backstay to orient
the boat into the wind while at anchor!
Did I mention the Autopilot? Oh. She also came with an Autohelm 7000
Sutopilot. This hydraulic unit is much heavier duty, and yet quieter,
than the one I had on Mandala. There are dual controllers at the
helm and the Nav Station, so that's good, and I'm pretty sure the system
can be integrated into the chartplotter, if it is not already, if I ever wanted to.
That would, ahem, allow Rhapsody to follow a fully programmed course
if so desired :-) ...
As far as safety, Rhapsody came with a number of fairly expensive safety
features when I got her, especially including a nearly new
off-shore Life Raft and top of the line EPIRB (satellite beacon),
which were both purchased in 2005, and are both "hydrostatically mounted"
so that they automatically deploy if the boat should sink suddenly and
catastrophically. Of course, I hope that never happens, but it's nice to
know they're there if you need them.
Finally she comes with a bimini and dodger, and the usual assortment of
ground tackle (anchors and what not). There is a deck washdown pump
in the anchor locker (nice for washing the anchor mud off as you weigh),
and, uhm, the engine is in really
good shape. It was essentially new in 2002, when the previous owner had a
full longblock remanufactures Perkins installed. It runs like a top,
very smooth and quiet, and is not the least of the reasons that I liked
Rhapsdody so much.
I also like the rear boarding transom swim step. Makes diving
off the boat into clear warm tropical waters that much easier :-)
Of course, I'm still learning about and getting to know Rhapsody.
Even just figuring out what features she has, and how to use them,
will take a bunch of time. Fortunately, she had a good set of
before Ie purchased her, to help me along in my understanding.
And already, of course, I'm planning a number of
to her, but this is pretty much how Rhapsody came.
If you'd like, you can find out more about what I've learned about Rhapsody
before buying her, and what I plan to do to her, in the way of improvements,
by clicking on the links below.