SY Altimate

Altimate is an OVNI 365 sailing yacht build by the french shipyard Alubat. The OVNI 365 is a very robust aluminium yacht with a lifting keel.

Beside of the security being provided by the robust build we very much appreciate the well thought through design perfect for blue water sailing. And the lifting keel reduces the draught to 77cm which allows explorations in shallow waters which aren’t possible with a regular sailing boat of that size.

We experienced an OVNI 365 during our “bareboat charter life” in the Caribbean and we did fell in love instantly. This has been a sailing vessel where we felt always secure in any weather. We bought it second hand in UK and have continuously made improvements needed for blue-water cruising.

  • Architect: Marc LOMBARD
  • Length overall: 11,94 m
  • Hull length: 11,44 m
  • Length at waterline : 10,67 m
  • Maximum beam: 3,92 m
  • Draught with centerboard down: 2,35 m
  • Draught with centerboard up: 0,77 m
  • Light displacement: 8 800 kg
  • Ballast weight: 2 800 kg
  • Water tanks: 320 l
  • Fuel tank: 180 l
  • Engine: Volvo D2.40, 40 hp engine with MaxProp propeller
  • Design: 2 cabins, 1 Storage, 1 Salon, 1 head
  • Rudder: Hydraulic rudder lifting system
  • Ground tackle: 
    • Lofrans Project 1000W vertical windlass fitting on deck
    • 25 kg Rocna anchor & 20 kg Delta Anchor as spare
    • 60m x 10mm anchor chain
  • Electronic
    • Service: 5 x AGM MB120-12V 128 Ah C20 Gr 31
      Experience: This capacity is appropriate for that what we’ve been doing on the boat.
    • Engine: 1 x Varta Dual Purpose AGM 95 Ah
    • All lights in LED
    • 700W 12v/230v Inverter
  • Charging
    • Wind-generator Electric Energy D400
    • 2 x 100W Solar Panels each with one Victronic SmartSolar Charge MPTT controller
    • Sterling Alternator/Battery intelligent charger (130A)
    • Experience: After having it used for more than a year, we decided to double our solar panel capacity in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The initial setup with 200W solar and the wind-generator has been “ok” at anchor by having every 3 days the water-maker running for roughly 3 hours (160-170L fresh water, 135Ah) as long as the wind has been more than 15-17 knots. If the wind was less we had to run the engine during water production for additional charging.
      Being off shore the charging capacity was as well a bit short even with using the wind vane instead of the electrical auto pilot. Just the navigation (instruments, Plotter, radio) consumes continuously around 5-6A.
  • Navigation and Communication
    • Furuno Navnet 3 MFD with 12″ Display – Worked great but after 12 years the Furuno MFD12 has become unstable so we decided to move towards a board computer concept as we were using the TimeZero navigational software anyhow already on a laptop as a backup.
    • Board computer design (seems to consume 1-2 A less than the MFD):
      • Mini PC – CSL Narrow Box Ultra HD Storage Line Pentium / 1000GB M.2 SSD / 8GB / Win 10 (12V, max 2A, silent)
      • Beetronics 15″ Monitor (12V, max 1,5A)
      • Time Zero Navigator 4 with Radar module and Routing
      • NMEA Multiplexer light
      • NMEA2K wireless Gateway
      • WLAN/NMEA2K Gateway providing GPS/speed/depth/wind data to ipad and Laptop
    • Furuno GPS 320B antenna
    • Furuno DRS2D Radar
    • Furuno NX300 Navtex
    • Furuno FI-501-30 wind system incl. analogue indicator
    • 2 x Furuno FI-504 Multi Display
    • Depth and Speed Transducer – Triducer inc junction box.VHF
    • ICOM 505 VHF Radio
    • ICOM HM-162 as second station handset at the cockpit station
    • Simrad AP 28 Autopilot with hydraulic linear drive
    • Simrad AI 50 Class B – Transmit and receive AIS
    • Active VHF splitter combining AIS and VHF signals on one antenna
    • HAM/SSB Radio Yaesu FT-857D with SG-230 Tuner and Pactor IV modem DR-7400 connected via Bluetooth to Windows 10 Laptop running Airmail
      Experience: As long as being outside of the marina you get everything you expect at no costs, like grib files, weather fax, radio nets and short emails. Once I sent an email from the waters around madeira through a US east coast HAM Radio gateway.
    • Navigation software Time Zero with Radar Module (backup Navionics on iPad and OpenCPN on Laptop)
  • Watermaker Aquatec DD500 12 Volt (60 l/h)
    • Experience: Great Watermaker and with the modular design you find space in every corner for installation. And no problems after having it used for more that 12 month regularly
  • Windvane from Windpilot
    • Experience: Great and absolute reliable. As stronger the wind as better !!
  • Aluminium hull with insulation incl. Armacell on frames