Entries by richardkohler

Power systems – batteries etc

You will pick up a recurring theme – that every piece of equipment I take must be super reliable and every system must have redundancy built in.  All my electronic equipment: Plotter, VHF radio, AIS, Autohelm, lighting and most importantly the watermaker all depend on a reliable power source. With this in mind it was […]

Solar Panels

On Osiyeza I need lightweight and reliable systems. Lightweight means better boat speed which means less time at sea and as there is only me on board to fix anything reliability is super important. The first topic are the solar panels as they are the reason I can have electronic gear, and most importantly the […]

Ocean X Craft Design

Ocean X is Richard Kohler’s odyssey and later this year he will set off from Cape Town in an eight-metre paddling torpedo across the Southern Atlantic Ocean to Salvador in Brazil, entirely unsupported whilst raising funds for his charity, Operation Smile. The remarkable aspect of this journey into the unknown is the vessel that will […]

Back on the water – post Covid-19 lockdown

Months after it was declared illegal to enter the ocean I got my first taste of freedom having being locked down due to Covid-19. How I have missed the ocean and training for my upcoming adventure. It was spectacular to have a welcoming party. I wonder if the dolphins missed me as much as I […]

Paddling Update: Day 62-65

Paddle Day 62 Umhlanga to Zinkwazi with a 10min break at Tinley Manor 62km (6hrs 20min) After a few days staying with the Harker’s and loving their aircon’s much to the displeasure of my man Warren, I decided for a late start in the hope the the forecast was going to deliver said SW 15kt […]

Paddling Update: Day 46-49

Paddle Day 46 Port Alfred to Hamburg 68km (6hrs 10min) We had a two day weather break in Port Alfred (PA) due to strong easterly winds and were lucky enough to be looked after by Rick and Jo-Anne Bretts. Yay, no more getting wet in our tents and it rained for most of the time […]