About Omweg Specifications and equipment


Because of a change of plans we are going to sell Omweg. This unique robust off shore boat has so many special features that it is impossible to describe them all in a few words.

The design of the boat is unique. One remarkable feature is the Trecker head sail, which resembles a second main sail. Balanced, self-tacking, fully battened, it is easy to operate yet gives total control over the shape and trim of the sail. Another rare feature for a boat this size is the tiller steering, providing a lot of feel, cockpit space and reliability. Asymmetric twin keels allow for a shallow draft, the option to park the boat on a beach, while providing stable sail characteristics. The interior is built around a Deck Salon, allowing an unhindered view outside while sitting and providing an unusual amount of storage space.

Fatu Hiva, Baie des Vierges(View on the map)
Omweg at Fatu Hiva, a spectacular bay in the Marquesas

Omweg is built and maintained to last. The hull is very robust with 6mm marine grade alloy for the sides and 8mm for the bottom. The first owner was a German engineer who built the Deck Salon interior with the best possible materials and great feel for detail. The second and current owners have replaced, upgraded and overhauled practically everything in 2015 before sailing her from Europe to New Zealand. The best possible materials have been used everywhere. Like for example a special unstainable anchor chain which will after many years still look like factory new, a piton drive driveline with prop with variable automatic pitch, a vacuum toilet, LED lights, just to name a few features. The boat is extremely well equipped for extended cruising in tropical and arctic waters, with ample solar power (500+ Watt) and wind generator for electrical independence, a water maker, wind vane steering, 400L diesel and water tanks, SSB radio with Pactor 4 modem, double pane windows, thorough hull insulation, a Parasailor downwind sail, Jordan series drogue, 6 person life raft, dinghy with 10 HP outboard (2016), lots of spare parts and tools, etc. With everything recently renewed and well maintained Omweg is in a “sail away” condition and fully ready for the next cruising season.

An innovative feature of the electronic system is that it is centered around a wifi system. All NMEA data is carried via wifi, allowing the use of multiple laptops, tablets and smart phones for navigation, monitoring AIS, emailing via pactor, etc. While the navigator on duty has all relevant information available on the main screen, it is possible for the navigator off duty to have a quick look at his smart phone to see the wind direction and speed, to monitor AIS traffic, send an email via Pactor while listening to the wifi music system. The current owners have installed loads of maps and for instance used Google Earth pictures to navigate around otherwise uncharted coral heads in the Tuamotu's. While in range of shore based wifi the internal wifi system is connected to the outside world and AIS data is communicated via Marine Traffic. The possibilities are endless.

The most interesting features of Omweg are:

A complete list with specifications can be found at the bottom of this page.



Omweg was built according to the Reinke Super 11 design. Reinke is a German design suitable for private building. Therefor one will find many options and modifications. Our Reinke is built from aluminum, has two keels, and the interior is built according to the deck salon concept. This design is very well suited for cruisers who require much storage space, and one design criterium was that a complete scooter could be stowed inside the locker below the cockpit!


Aluminum is a hull material with many advantages:

There are also some disadvantages:

Twin keels

A twin keel has some interesting properties:


The interior has been skilfully built by the previous owner, with very good materials.

Deck salon


Most sailing yachts have an interior high enough to allow walking between the table and seats. In our Reinke however, the salon, (table and seats), is placed next to the hallway on an intermediate deck. This has two major advantages: the useless height above a seating person has now been converted into a large storage space under the salon deck, and when seated ones eyes are on window level so one has an undisturbed view outside. Not only convenient and safe, but it also helps against sea sickness.


All walls are covered with at least 5cm of insulation and all windows are double pane. This prevents condensation problems one would normally expect in a nautic environment.


Omweg is sloop rigged. An interesting feature is that the boat was designed for a special boom jib system named "Trecker". Although this system has performance advantages, for squally weather we liked to have a roller furler so we added one to have the best of both.



The head sail is some special kind of boom jib. The rotation point of the boom is not at the front of the boom but at some distance from the front, just like with a balanced rudder. The advantages of this system are:

Of course there are a few disadvantages:

Roller furling

Although we are happy with the performance of the boom jib we later decided to add a roller furling on the forestay. The main reason was that with a circumnavigation one sails often downwind and this makes reefing the boom jib a bit unpractical because you have to turn it into the wind. We often got squalls during the night and temporarily reefing would be much easier with the roller furler. We now have the choice between both best solutions and the added redundancy is an additional advantage.


Suwarrow to Niue


This is a light wind sail like a spinaker. The most obvious feature is the "parachute" halfway up the sail. This parachute brings a few advantages:

Electrical system


We have put quite some attention to our energy supply, especially the solar installation, because we never wanted to be forced to start the engine only for the purpose to generate electricity, and we want to be as much independant of fossil fuels as possible. So we use an electrical bread baking machine, we make tea with an electric water cooker and we heat food in a microwave. Besides this we have a more than average amount of electrical devices on board. But the more than 500 Watt of solar power can usually supply all the electricity we need.

Batteries:55 Ah engine battery, AGM 400 Ah "house" battery
Alternator:110 Amp
Solar power:2 x 255Wp solar panels combined with a 50 Amp MPPT-controller
Wind generator:AIR-X marine, 350 Watt
Inverter:1200 Watt


Because of the efficiency we select our electrical devices on their ability to directly use our 12 Volt system as much as possible, with the exception of the high power devices which are fed via an inverter. During the years we collected quite some USB-powered devices like smart watches, mobile phones, e-readers, iPads, etc. and for this trip we also added a USB-rechargable camera, USB-rechargable flash light and even a USB-rechargable hot glue pistol. So we did some shopping on eBay and aquired a bag of USB wall mount connectors which directly convert 12 Volt into the USB 5 Volt. Without load they hardly draw any power and when loaded the efficiency is almost 100%.

The inverter is only used for high power devices, like the electric water cooker, baking machine, microwave, grill, etc. We wanted to limit the power to 1200 Watt, because with 1200 Watt the load on the 12 Volt side is already 100 Amps! So we can only use one high power device at a time and it can not consume more than 1200 Watt. Especially for the electric water cooker it took some efforts to find a suitable model.


The refrigerator is a notorious power consumer. When our old refrigerator became defective, we replaced it with a new one which doesn't expell its heat into the surrounding air but into the sea water. This saves a lot of unwanted heat and noise generation in the cabin, and the power demand is only half of that of a conventional system, because sea water usually has a lower temperature than the air and can take heat away much more efficiently than air anyway.


All lights, inside and outside, have been replaced by LED-lights. This was quite a nice saving on electrical power consumption and it is nice that we don't have to be careful with using the lights.


Omweg was equipped with an older navigation system combined with a radar. The choice was to replace everything (and throwing away a still functional radar) or to install a new radar less navigation system in addition to the old system with radar. We chosed the latter, but it was difficult to find a suitable system. Flexbibility and costs of the charts was always a deal breaker. Finally we decided upon a laptop based open source system, because of the costs as well as the flexibility.

Operating system
We use Navigatrix as operating system. Navigatrix is a Linux based operating system especially designed for sailors and has all interesting software pre installed.
Navigation program
We use OpenCPN as our primary navigation program, which also projects the AIS-data on the moving map. OpenCPN is open source and has features which can sometimes not even been found on the most expensive "factory" devices. And you can add charts from any sources you can find; Many countries publish free chart data (which has already been paid for by its tax payers) to enhance the safety of mariners in their waters.
Dell XT2 XFR
Dell XT2 XFR
The screen of this outdoor laptop can be turned around so it can be flipped over the keyboard to create a tablet. All connections are water proof. The screen is readable in full sun light.
We bought a "rugged" laptop on eBay: the Dell XT2 XFR. This "field" laptop has some very interesting features for our purpose:
  • The display has been designed to be "outdoor readable". And it works perfectly! Even in full sun light the display can be easily read.
  • The display can be turned around so that you can flip it upside down on the keyboard and convert it into a tablet. Of course the screen is a touch screen so you can operate everything with just your fingers. We have mounted this laptop in tablet configuration on the wall of the cockpit.
  • The laptop can handle some water (IP54). All connectors are equipped with covers and the screen and keyboard are water proof as well.
  • Low power consumption. During navigational use the laptop consumes less than 1 Amp from our 12 Volt system.
  • These laptops are "outdated". Once they were very expensive, but now they are available on eBay for 300 USD. "Outdated" means that they might have difficulties playing the most recent computer games, but for our purpose these laptops are sufficiently powerful. We bought a few of these laptops, as spares but also for personal use. Our more powerful laptops stay at home because they are unreadable in sun light, use way too much power, and will probably give up the ghost after a few drops of water. It is interesting how priorities can change.
OpenCPN cooperates with all kinds of NMEA devices, but to keep the laptop "wireless" we use a special NMEA-multiplexer which combines all NMEA sources and puts them as a single data stream on our internal wifi network.

Omweg had no electronic wind indicator, so we bought one. Without display, because the output is NMEA which can be displayed by OpenCPN on the laptop.


We bought a "black box" without display but only a NMEA output. The AIS has a built in antenna splitter and is connected to our primary VHF antenna in the top of our mast. The range is therefor quite large. Very handy in emergency situations but in pirate areas we use the "stealth button" so we can still see others but remain invisible at the same time.
VHF / Mariphone
We have a Standard Horizon GX2000E. This one has all the DSC-features and can display waypoints and AIS data on its tiny display, so we can use that as a backup for our navigation laptop.
For long range short wave communication we use an Icom 706. A compact powerful unit equipped with loads of features. We can use it legally because I had already aquired a short wave HAM license long time ago. Except for long range communication with other cruisers and the coast guard the shortwave is also handy to receive weather faxes and grib-files. For the latter we use a Pactor modem, which is also connected to our wifi system.
After extensive research we came to the conclusion that satellite communication is not (yet) for us. We have an Iridium satphone for emergencies only but we are not really satisfied with the providers, the service and the phone itself.
Our Wifi system consists of two parts: an internal access point ("SY-Omweg") to which our laptops, smart phones, etc. are connected. Whe never have to connect all these individual devices to a local wifi station but just keep them connected to our own private wifi system. This wifi system provides the following sources:
  • The NMEA-multiplexer which supplies all NMEA data to the wifi system.
  • The Pactor-modem.
  • An external wifi client-bridge (Ubiquiti Bullet M2-HP). This is a powerful wifi transceiver connected to a home built directional antenna on our device carrier. We can use this to connect to the wifi of the marina or whatever we can find as a suitable source, possibly kilometers away. And this is then fed into our own private wifi system.
  • Low speed Iridium-satelliet connection. We planned to do this but at the moment we still haven't setup a satellite system.

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Engine and propulsion


Navigation and communication



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