Our First Boat, Kittiwake

Kittiwake is a 26ft Heavenly Twins catamaran. She was made in the UK in 1977. We were the third owners of this little beauty, which was still in good condition when we bought her in August 2016. We sold her in October 2018.

Heavenly Twins have a reputation for being strong, sturdy sea boats, but a bit on the slow side.

Being a catamaran, she’s got a few great advantages over a monohull – more deck space, a much shallower draught, and less rolling around at anchor.

Downwind she’s a dream to sail, but she’s not so keen on going upwind. That’s ok though – we just wait for the right winds.

She’s all fiberglass and was made back in the days when fiberglass boats had a thick, solid hull. She’s got a big genoa, a small storm / staysail, and a battened main.

SV Kittiwake

The engine is a Yamaha 9.9 outboard, fitted into a well in the cockpit. It was brand new when we bought Kittiwake. If anything goes wrong with it, we can whip it out and take it to shore in the dinghy.

SV Kittiwake


SV Kittiwake

Inside, there’s one sleeping cabin with a double bed (a square one, yes!), a storage area where all of our junk lives, and the main cabin where there’s the saloon, the heads, and the galley.



The berth is connected to the main cabin through a stoop through, which is quite handy for those rainy or cold days, and has lots of storage.

Stoop through

We transformed the saloon. Now it has a comfy u-settee, a brand new table we made ourselves out of wood and epoxy, and lots of fairy lights for those long, cold winter nights.

Sailing Kittiwake Saloon at night

We also made and installed a small foldable table in the cockpit, so we can eat outside when it’s warm.

Cockpit table

In the galley we have two taps (one for fresh water and one for salt water) operated by foot pumps, a gas burner with two hobs and oven, and a 50L water tank. We keep 100L of water in jerry cans on deck. As you can see from the picture, there isn’t much headroom, so Elena has to do all the cooking and washing up (pout).


The nav table and station doubles up as a working desk. All you need is a comfy cushion to sit on the steps.

Working on a sailboat

Finally, we have a nice, bright heads. We made some small changes and swapped the old electric sea toilet with a composting one, so it’s a little greener.


We carried out all the work ourselves on Kittiwake (including replacing all standing rigging), armed with books, Google and YouTube.

To explore the shore, we have a 8ft Walker Bay plastic dinghy, which we bought second hand-before setting off. We called her Marica, in memory of a friend of Elena’s who sadly passed away in July 2016. We try to use the oars as much as we can, although we inherited a small Yamaha outboard with Kittiwake, so we have that as a backup.

Walker Bay 8

*Some of the pictures were taken with a wide angle camera, so the  spaces might look bigger than they are.