Sailing Vessel Ronin
Ronin is a Dean 440 Espace designed by Peter Dean for safe and comfortable long-distance offshore voyaging. After Ronin was launched in 2003, with the original name Dreamcatcher of Poole, she crossed the Atlantic and cruised extensively in South America and the Caribbean. There she was sold to a new owner who continued cruising and crossed the Atlantic for a second time, back to Cape Town. After spending several years in South Africa she was purchased by Allspice Yachting (Pty) Ltd. and renamed Ronin, a Japanese idiomatic expression for “wandering man”, with the goal to sail long distance offshore to foreign destinations.
Ronin is a very strongly built catamaran with a large deck and cockpit that provides lots of living space both in the sun and in the shade. The deck has an above regulation height solid stainless steel guard rail for added security and comfort. The cockpit has a large table with enough seats for all guests. There is also a boarding ladder that can be fitted on either side of the boat and a swim ladder in the port stern that is also fitted with a warm shower.
Ronin has a very large interior space to accommodate eight people comfortably and with privacy. The galley is large and very well equipped. Three of the four cabins are equipped with double berths (beds) and one cabin with two single berths. Ronin has three heads (bathrooms), each with its own separate shower.
Ronin is a SAMSA Category A certified commercial vessel and is fully equipped according to the World Sailing Organisation OSR Cat 1 safety specifications.
Freshwater capacity: 700 Litres (186 Gallons)
Freshwater can be produced using a Spectra Watermaker.
Fridge and freezer
Gas stove and oven
Fully equipped galley with all crockery and cutlery.
Engines and fuel
Engines: Twin Vetus 4.17 (42 HP)
Fuel Capacity: 600 Litres (160 Gallons)
The saloon table is large enough to sit all eight crew members.
The galley provides lots of space and equipment to cook meals for eight crew members.
Both forward cabins on Ronin have king size berths. For storage there are two spacious cabinets, with timber steps in between, a large wardrobe with four shelves and a hanging locker. Dressing tables with cupboards underneath and 220v switched power sockets are located against the hull. Two opening overhead hatches provide ample natural light during the day and two reading lights, one florescent light and one secondary light can be used during the night. Each of the forward cabins have en-suite heads with a hand basin and shower area that is supplied with pressurised hot and cold water. An overhead opening hatch and fluorescent light in the head provides ventilation and light.
Sailing downwind with a goosewing setup: Genoa out to starboard and Screacher out to port.
The Storm Jib is hanked on a Dyneema halyard which is tightened using an Anderson winch.
Ronin’s standing rigging is check thoroughly and regularly by going aloft. Here a bosuns chair is used, however, this was recently replaced with a high-end climbing harness for added security.
Dimensions and construction details
Ronin is very strongly built with heavy hand-laminated 1200gm2 quadriaxial stitched fabric hulls that are balsa-cored above the waterline and solid GRP below the waterline. The hull/deck joint is through-bolted as well as glassed over and 22mm thick plywood bulkheads are structurally laminated in place. Buoyancy chambers in the bows and sterns allows for increased performance downwind and in big seas.
Length Overall: 44ft/ 13.41m (with bowsprit fitted 50ft/15.24m)
Mast Height Off Water: 64.58ft (19,68m)
Mast Height Off Deck: 57.37ft (17.48m)
The mast, boom, bowsprit and whisker poles on Ronin were built by Sparcraft, in Cape Town, of extruded anodised aluminium and is still in as new condition. The 7/8 fractional mast has double spreaders and, to improve upwind performance and tacking angles, the mast is angled aft at 7 degrees. Furthermore, the height of the mast was altered from the original manufactures specifications to conform to the specifications for use on the ICW in the USA. Both headsails are bend on Profurl roller-furling systems and all running rigging are led to Anderson winches, which are one size up from the original manufactures specifications.
All the sails onboard Ronin was made by either Ullman Sails or North Sails, both in Cape Town. The fully battened mainsail has three jiffy reef blocks and lines complete with Fredderickson Battcar system. Both the Genoa and Code Zero are bend on Profurl roller-furling systems, with all lines led aft to the cockpit. A large Asymmetrical Spinnaker is kept on board for light down-wind conditions. The storm-jib is hanked on a dyneema halyard (temporary inner forestay) and is used during storm conditions.