dimanche 19 février 2012

Chocobo is for sale.


MANTA-40 (1997)

$$$$ 249,900.000 $$$$$

With our adventure around the world coming to an end we have to do the heartbreaking move of putting Chocobo for sale. We are in the process of updating our “Boat” page with the most recent list of equipments and pictures. You can contact us by email :

vendredi 3 février 2012

Chocobo : Manta-40 Catamaran

Our boat is called Chocobo. A chocobo is bird like animal a bit bigger than an ostrich featured in the Final Fantasy video game series, which we both enjoyed plenty. In these games the chocobo is used, among other things, to travel to the different worlds by riding it like a horse. Our catamaran is our chocobo to travel around the world hence the name.
Chocobo is a Manta-40 cruising catamaran built by Endeavour from Florida in 1997. The new Manta catamarans are now built by Manta Catamaran Corp. in Florida.

Equipement list

• Very nice and clean, well maintained Manta 40 catamaran rugged for ocean crossings.
• Two 30hp inboard engines installed in 2008 with only 1600 hours.
• 5.5 kW diesel generator 120V installed in 2008 with only 1100 hours.
• SPECTRA Gulfstream-400 12V watermaker with dual pumps completely rebuilt in 2008.
• Full size front loading washer/dryer.
• Three burners Propane stove with oven and fully functional galley.
• Radar, chartplotter, GPS, speed/wind indicator instruments.
• Two autopilots; hydraulic and wheel driven.
• Supersized separated freezer and refrigerator.
• Complete charging autonomy with 700W of solar panels.
• Single handling sail setup with self-tacking jib and in-boom furling main.
• Equipped to offer many months of energy and water self sufficiency.

List of equipment on Chocobo as today’s date January 2012


KIND OF VESSEL: Sloop rigged, auxiliary powered fiberglass sailing catamaran.
BUILDER: Manta Endeavour Inc.
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1997 / Model: 1998
LOA: 39ft. 8in.
BEAM: 21ft.
DRAFT: 3ft 8in.
DISPLACEMENT: 13,500lb. (As per manufacturer’s specification)
DOCUMENTATION: Canadian Documentation
HULL MATERIAL: Isopthalic & Vinylester resin with E-glass. Cored above the waterline.
HULL COLOR: White gelcoat.
FRAMING: Plywood bulkheads are bonded to the hulls with fiberglass tabbing. Transverse webs below the waterline are cored with Polypropylene honeycomb.
DECKING & SUPERSTRUCTURE: Molded FRP with inner core and a molded non-skid surface.
HULL to DECK JOINT: The deck is chemically bonded and laminated to the hulls with FRP.
RUB RAIL: Full length rubrail at the hull to deck joint.
BULKHEADS: Marine plywood.
HULL & BULKHEADS: Covered with carpet (light gray)
CEILINGS: White vinyl over marine plywood panels.
KEELS: Integral FRP keels.
RUDDERS: Cored FRP spade rudders with stainless steel rudderstocks.
BOWS & additions: There is a molded FRP crossbeam between the bows and two trampolines (Added in 2004).
STERNS & ADDITIONS: Reverse transoms with molded steps and a hinged stainless steel swim ladder to starboard. An aluminum cockpit bimini structure with dingy davits and mainsheet support is bolted to the deck and to the aft side of the bridgedeck.
THROUGH HULL FITTINGS (below w/l): Marelon(plastic) ball valve type seacocks.
DECK HATCHES: 6 Bomar aluminum framed, deck hatches two with Sky Shades.
OPENING PORTLIGHTS: 8 - aluminum framed opening ports all with Sky Shades.


ENGINES: 2 Volvo Penta D1-30 3-cylinder, naturally aspirated diesel engines. Both changed in 2008; . Starboard engine hours: 1739, Port engine hours: 1665.
SAILDRIVES: Volvo 130s Saildrives. Both Changed in 2008.
HORSEPOWER: 2 x 30 hp
ENGINE COOLING: Fresh water-cooled through a heat exchanger.
ENGINE EXHAUST: Mixing elbow to Volvowaterlocks and looped reinforced flexible exhaust hose.
VENTILATION: 12v engine blowers.
COMPRESSORS & ALTERNATORS FITTED: Single 100A alternators on each engine.
FUEL FILTERS: Racor primary filters on both engines and genset.
PROPELLER: Three bladed bronze folding propellers. Changed in 2011.
PANEL & ALARMS: Volvo Penta engine panels with RPM and alarms.
ENGINE CONTROLS: Morse cables. Starboard changed in 2011. Port changed in 2009
DIESEL: 150 US gallons in two aluminum tanks (under the starboard forward bunk & amidships / aft side of the bridgedeck)


WATER TANKS: 100 US gallons in an aluminum tank (amidships / aft side of the bridgedeck)
HOLDING TANKS: 2 x 20 gallon plastic holding tanks with Tankwatch level monitors and Jabsco macerator discharge pumps.
MARINE SANITATION DEVICES: 2 Jabsco electric marine toilets.
SEACOCKS: Marelon ball valves.
HOT WATER: Seaward 11-gallon stainless steel tank heated either with a 1000W 110V element or with the starboard engine coolant.
PRESSURIZED WATER SYSTEM (Fresh): 1 x Shurflo 3,8 GPM/45 PSI diaphragm type pressure pump.
CARBON FILTER: General Ecology Seagull carbon filter cartridge.
WASHDOWN (Saltwater deck wash): 1 diaphragm type pressure pump.
FOOT PUMPS: Whale Fresh water foot pump at the galley sink.
WATER MAKER: Spectra Gulfstream 400 - 400 GPD reverse osmosis water maker. 2 pumps changed in 2011. New membrane 2009. Clark pump changed in 2009
BILGE PUMPS: Automatic Electric: Main bilges - 2 Rule 2000 submersible pumps (one in each hull). Manual: 2 Whale Gusher Urchin manual pumps (in each head).
SHOWER SUMP PUMPS: 2 sealed sumps with Rule 500 submersible pumps and automatic float switches.
PIPING & HOSE CLAMPS Diesel: Approved fuel hose. Propane: Copper and flexible propane hose. Fresh water: Rigid plastic piping.
SHOWERS: 3- 2 showers in the heads and one cockpit shower.


All riggings have been changed in 2009 (shrouds, forestay turnbuckles and all lines) except for running back stays. Port shrouds changed again in 2012.
MAST Type: Painted aluminum (white).
BOOM: Leisure Furl boom-furling system. Completely rugged in 2010 for ocean crossing worthiness.
SPREADERS: Single raked spreaders.
RUNNING BACKSTAYS: Adjustable with in-line blocks and tackle.
STANDING RIGGING: 1 x 19 stainless steel wire rope swaged studs to open bronze-bodied turnbuckles.
RUNNING RIGGING: Pre-stretched Dacron.
WINCHES: Cabin Top 1 x Harken 44 self-tailing, two speed winch - electric. 1 x Harken 8 single speed winch. Cockpit - 1 x Harken 42 self-tailing, two speed winch.
VANG: Spring loaded aluminum boomvang. All lines and blocks rugged in 2010 for ocean crossing worthiness.
CHAIN PLATES: Stainless steel chainplates are bolted through the side of the vessel.
MAIN SAIL: New 2004 Fully battened main sail with in-boom furling fully repair in 2012.
JIB: Self-tacking with in-sail boom changed in 2009.
ASYMMETRICAL SPINNAKER: White and green sail rigged with a bridle and furling system for an asymmetrical spinnaker outboard of the forestay.


BIMINI: Full cockpit bimini & spray dodger with an aluminum frame.
COCKPIT SHADES: Yellow canvas shades new in 2010 starboard, port and stern.
SAIL COVERS: Main and Jib New in 2009.


DC - SYSTEM: House Batteries: 6 x 6-volt Trojan golf-cart lead-acid batteries Changed in 2010. Total 600 Ah.
ENGINE BATTERIES: 2 x lead-acid batteries Starboard engine battery changed in 2008 and port in 2012.
BATTERY STOWAGE: House batteries are in a battery compartment under the saloon settee. Engine start batteries are in battery boxes inside the engine compartments. Circuit Protection Devises: Isolation switches.
PARALLEL SWITCH: (port engine compartment) for the engine start batteries.
POWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM: labeled 12-volt & 110-volt panel with circuit breakers.
CHARGING SYSTEM: Two 100A alternators, 40 A 110-volt battery charger.
SOLAR PANELS: 4 x 75W Siemens solar panels. 2 x 130W and 2 x 65W Kyocera solar panel new in 2009. 2 controllers Bluesky solar boost 50 new in 2009. Total of 690W of nominal power.


GENERATOR: Nextgen 5500W diesel generator (port bow) changed in 2008. Hours: 1102
BATTERY CHARGER: New Mar PT-40CE PHASE THREE 3-phase 40 Amp. 110-volt battery charger.
INVERTER: Vanner Bravo 1800W 12/110 volt inverter.
SHORE POWER: 2 x 30 Amp connections & cables.
CATHODIC PROTECTION: Saildrive collar zinc anodes. Zinc Saver II Galvanic Isolator.
AIR CONDITIONING: 2 Cruisair compressors.


G. P. S: Garmin GPS 48 hand held GPS.
B&G GPS Plus 12 helmsman position.
Raymarine GPS connected to the C80
AUTOPILOT: Autohelm ST4000 MKII+with wheel drive.
B&G Network Pilot with a linear drive with a remote handheld controller.
DEPTH & BOAT SPEED: B&G Network Data navigation station.
B&G Network Quad helmsman position.
WIND: B&G Network Wind helmsman position.


VHF: Standard Horizon Nova VHF navigation station. Uniden VHF in the cockpit.
SSB HF RADIO: ICOM M710RT MF/HF Transceiver with ham frequencies opened. Pactor PTC III Modem for weather fax, sailmail or winlink connections.
SAT PHONE: Iridium 4000 fixed station satellite phone.
RADAR: Raymarine C80 with chartplotter, fishfinder connected to autopilot by NEMA connection (added in 2005)
WIFI: Island Time Wireless WiFi bridge and booster system with high gain antenna and WiFi router for in-ship WiFi network.


PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES: 4 Adult inflatable lifejackets (2 with strobes) and many more regular lifejackets.
HARNESS: Safety harness with two full boat length deck straps.
NAVIGATIONAL LIGHTING: Sidelights (LED), stern light, steaming light, deck light and anchor light (LED).
LIFELINES: Stainless steel wire to s/s swaged studs and turnbuckles through stainless steel stanchions.
FIRE EXTINGUISHING SYSTEMS: 3 x 3lb. / Size 1 Dry chemical extinguishers
SEA ANCHOR: Parachute type with 70 feet bridle and 375 feet line.


CHAIN / RODE: Approximately 260 feet 10mm Grade L chain with 10mm stainless steel swivel new in 2010. 2 anchor rode: 1 x 150 feet 3/8 inches, 1 x 200 feet ½ inches.
SECONDARY ANCHOR: CQR 45lb. Bruce 33 lb. Fortress FX-37.
WINDLASS: Maxwell 1500 vertical electric windlass with a foot switch new in 2011.


TYPE: Edson
DESCRIPTION: Single wheel to sprocket, roller chain to a stainless steel wire rope pull system to aluminum quadrants.
EMERGENCY STEERING: Aluminum tiller rigged through a deck cap.
RUDDER STOPS: Mechanical stops and a wheel lock.


Port Hull: Fully standing separated shower with head forward and a double stateroom aft.
Fully walled bookshelf, including a chart sized enclosure, in marine mahogany added in 2008.
Pantry; 3’ x 4’ double door pantry with 5 shelves.
Starboard hull: Double stateroom forward, head / shower amidships and a double stateroom aft.
Bridge Deck saloon with galley and navigation station to port.
There are two bow compartments. Generator to port and storage locker to starboard.


STOVE: Seaward Princess 3-burner stove with oven (operational igniters)
FUEL: Propane.
FAN: 12V range fan with filter.
PROPANE LOCKER: Dedicated propane cockpit locker with a bottom drain and solenoid cutoff.
MICROWAVE OVEN: Tappan 110-volt microwave.
CABINETS: Three head level galley cabinets, two under-counter cabinets and two full size drawers.
SINK: Double SS sink with removable hand faucet.
CARBON FILTER: General Ecology Seagull carbon filter cartridge.
REFRIGERATION: Frigoboat 12-volt air-cooled BF-50 compressor. New in 2010. The refrigerator and freezer compartments are separated with openings from the top and isolated with 4” isolation. The refrigerator is 4.5 cubic feet while the freezer is 3 cubic feet in volume each are controlled with a dedicated electronic thermostat.


STEREO: Pioneer KEH-P5600 FM/AM Cassette Receiver Head with a 10 CD changer.
SPEAKERS: West marine interior and Bose cockpit.
TV: Panasonic 22 inches flat screen new in 2010 mounted on adjustable rack.
2nd TV: 15 inch Sharp LCD with two mounting locations (Owners Berth or Cockpit added in 2004)
Direct TV connected to a Sea Sharp Automatic Tracking Satellite System (added in 2004)
DVD PLAYER: Sambao DVD Player with USB drive input port.
WASHER / DRYER: 110-volt washer/dryer starboard amidships.
TENDER: 11ft Caribe rigid bottom inflatable dinghy (Added in 2005)
OUTBOARD: 15hp Honda four-stroke outboard engine with electrical starter and 12V battery.
BOSUN’S CHAIR: West Marine.
FANS: Six 12V fans located in cabins, head and saloon.
SALOON TABLE: Large fully adjustable saloon table with Majestic seat covers changed in 2011.


BARBEQUE GRILL: Parker Stainless Steel
COCKPIT LOCKERS: 3 separate dry storage lockers built into bimini arch
Includes all linen, bedding, cooking utensils, silverware and dinnerware.