S/V Didimos - Διδυμος
In Greek, Διδυμος
(Didimos) means "twin," and carries the connotation of
the Zodiac sign Gemini. We were asked at least once if Gemini was
any of our signs. The Sailing Vessel (S/V) Didimos
is a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 40 that we believe is of 2002 vintage.
It has three cabins -- two quarter berths and a v-berth -- and two
heads. The galley and salon were spacious for the six of us, and
the chart table was fine for our navigational needs. There is plenty
of storage space for provisions, though the berths are a bit constrained
for clothes lockers.
S/V Didimos Med moored
The boat is managed by The Moorings charter company. They keep
the boats busy during the summer season, but Didimos is in
fairly good shape. One problem it had for our cruise was worn out
sails. As reported on Day 1, the mainsail
tore. The jib furls perhaps 10% before it becomes very baggy, and
there is no luff foam to help. The gennaker is in decent shape.
While there were plenty of dock lines for our purposes, they were
very worn and needed replacing.
We have taken a snapshot of Jeanneau's web site describing the
Odyssey 40 here.
There are specs, layouts, photos, and a feature list in their material.
The boat is a standard aft-cockpit sloop, with a sugar scoop transom/boarding
ladder. The sail inventory included a jiffy-reefing main with a stack pack, a furling
120 genoa, and a medium size gennaker. We had no problems with any
of the furling gear, and we did launch the gennaker a couple times.
The boat has a windlass, and with the need to Med moor essentially
everywhere, the windlass gets quite a workout. The primary anchor
is a plow and the backup anchor in the lazarette is a Danforth.
The primary has an all-chain rode, but we didn't have any chain
noise issues since we didn't anchor out on this trip.
One unique feature on a boat this size is dual helm stations. The
port and starboard helms leave the walkway from the transom into
the cockpit clear, and is a nice convenience. An annoyance to this
setup is that the cockpit instruments are not fully duplicated at
both stations, so the helmsman had to move back and forth to see
speed, wind, depth and engine instruments. However, both stations
have a compass, so basic steering is easy enough.
Electronics include boat speed, true/apparent wind, and depth instruments
in the cockpit. There is an autopilot that tracks heading or wind
angle. At the nav station, there is a VHF radio and a Garmin GPS
chartplotter. The instrumentation is quite sufficient for cruising
the Greek islands. A bit of inconvenience is a lack of a repeater
at the nav station for the cockpit instruments, and a lack of VHF
capability in the cockpit. Also, an interface between the chartplotter
and the autopilot would be an improvement.
For a thirteen-day cruise with a crew of six, the S/V Didimos
proved quite comfortable, and it sailed and motored well for us.
The speed log is probably a little generous, often showing speeds
around 8.3 to 8.5 knots. While surfing, we saw 9.5 knots, which
is not unreasonable. But it is unlikely we were actually averaging
close to 8 knots. The theoretical hull speed for the Jeanneau 40
would be 7.7 knots, and it's hard to "average" better than hull speed
for that duration!
Nevertheless, the boat did seem to perform well, and even when
depowered to reduce heeling, we maintained excellent boat speeds.
Due to the necessity to reach distant destinations (four days, we
went over 40 nautical miles -- not all that far, but we were on vacation planning easy day-sailing), we often motor sailed, or simply motored.
The engine performed flawlessly, and one advantage to the motoring
is that we were able to run the refrigeration the entire time, and
we usually had plenty of hot water.
In summary, the S/V Didimos did very well for us, and is
a nice charter boat.