Meet our home – Ubi

Ubi is a Ovni 435 from the French boatyard Alubat. She has hull number 12 of the series and was completed in 2001.

Ubi is our home since 2018. We got her in Martinique in 2017 and she needed some love and some adventure. We gave her significant improvements and she then transported us safely from Martinique to Florida, and then from Portland Oregon to Canada BC, the US West Coast, Mexico and then French Polynesia. See our GPS trace here.

Ubi has also been our confinement center during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although French Polynesia reacted fast and well, we were still confined on board for about 40 days, with a ban on nautical activities (even a quick dip around the boat to escape the heat). Nonetheless, we felt blessed to have a place to stay that was by design isolated from people (and mosquitoes) yet we were still in reach for the occasional grocery runs. We experienced the confinement as a long crossing, but a comfortable one: no night shifts, no waves, no fear for bad weather, no shortage of food. We kept busy with a lot of school (the kids finished their program for the year !), some boat maintenance and some other non-critical projects on the do-to list.

Description from the shipyard, Alubat (France)

The OVNI 435 combines all the pleasures of bluewater cruising.  Designed to please the sail aficionados and the weekend cruisers, she provides to her crew both a living space and performances typically found only in bigger vessels.  The architect Philippe Briand et the shipyard Alubat envisioned the OVNI 435 as a truly exceptional sailboat with a stunning internal designed.  The OVNI 435, with her fully retractable swing centreboard, gives you a different cruising experience: easier, more comfortable, nicer.  To sail faster, one has to easily maneuver.  Deck design and fittings have been specially studied: wide catwalks, big cockpit, self-tailing winches.  The OVNI 435 is ready to go with the smallest puff of wind.  With her comfortable crew amenities: large teak cockpit seats, teak grating, spacious swimstep with anbuilt-in swim ladder… Fair winds and nice sails ahead!  The smart cockpit is designed for easy maneuvering with yet a voluminous living space.  Many deck hatches provide loads of natural light and efficient ventilation.  The main traveler laid on the roof frees the cockpit.  The swimstep provides a with pressurized fresh water shower and a dedicated compartment for the life raft.

Inside, you live freely at sea.  Breaking with the classical longitudinal cuts, you enjoy a true living space in all areas of the boat.  The crew gathers around the off-centered settee.  One can still easily access the forward cabin through the offset corridor.  The galley is nicely equipped with a large work area et many cupboard and storage space.  The cabins aft and forward gives you nice volumes and a tall headroom.  You could imagine being in a much larger ship, given the inside volume for her size.  And the saloon is bathed in natural lights thanks to the many deck hatches, hull portholes and the Plexiglas washboards.

Standard layout of an OVNI 435 in 1999. Ubi is from 2001 and received improvements over the original layout.

Specifications and inventory


  • All external woodwork in high quality teak
  • Non-slip coating on all surface
  • Anodized stemhead fittings with two rollers for anchor passage
  • Painted aluminum toerail
  • Electrical vertical Lofrans windlass 1000W (new 2018)
  • Stainless steal Swedish pulpit with bi-colored approved navigation lights
  • Stainless steel granny bars at mast
  • Stainless steel pushpit with buoy bracket and helmsman’s seat
  • Sheathed double lifelines on stainless steel stanchions with port and starboard side opening gates
  • 2x spring cleats at beam (330mm)
  • 2x bow mooring cleats (330mm)
  • 2x stern mooring cleats (330mm)
  • 1x cleat 260mm and stern roller on port side
  • Anodized aluminum chain plates
  • 2x deck hatches, forward head and cabin with curtains (500mm x 500mm)
  • 2x deck hatches, saloon and galley with curtains (450mm x 320mm)
  • 1x opening porthole, in the saloon, with curtain (600mm x 175mm)
  • 7x smoked Plexiglas hull portholes (3x 495mm x 148mm; 4x 587mm x 148mm)
  • 2x tinted Plexiglas side windows on coach roof coaming, with curtains (260mm x 305mm)
  • 2x tinted Plexiglas central window on deck with curtain (630mm x 470mm)
  • 1x self-supporting mainsheet track
  • 2x sheet tracks for genoa and staysail with slider
  • 3x winch handles
  • 2x 53 Harken genoa sheet winches
  • 2x 44 Harken staysail sheet winches
  • 2x 40 Harken halyard winches on coach roof for main halyard, spinnaker halyard, main outhaul, main reefs, boomvang, boom brake, spinnaker pole topping lift mainsheet traveler and mainsheet
  • 2x genoa and staysail turning blocks
  • 2x single cam clutches for mainsail traveller
  • 1x port triple cam clutch
  • 1x starboard quadruple cam clutch
  • 2x stainless steel handrails on coach roof (1000mm)
  • 2x stainless steel handrails on coach roof (600mm)
  • Water and fuel deck fillers
  • Waste vacuum deck fitting
  • Heated shower on swimstep (with temperature control)
  • External engine ventilation on swimstep
  • Stainless steel bathing ladder on swimstep
  • Inflatable life raft compartment on bathing swimstep, with 6-personn life raft (2017/2018)
  • Large arch/gantry aft for solar panels, antennas, electric horn and use as davits
  • Stern light on arch


  • Zspar mast with double spreader and boom in anodized aluminum alloy
  • Deck light and top light
  • Genoa and staysail furling systems
  • Stainless steel standing rigging:
    • 1 stay
    • 1 double backstay
    • 1 forestay
    • 2 upper shrouds
    • 2 intermediate shrouds
    • 4 lower shrouds
    • 2 running backstays for the staysail
  • 1 boom vang with control let aft to cockpit
  • 1 mainsheet let aft to cockpit
  • 1 main halyard let aft to cockpit
  • 1 staysail halyard
  • 1 genoa halyard
  • 1 boom topping lift
  • 1 spinnaker pole topping lift let aft to cockpit
  • 2 reefing lines let aft to cockpit
  • 2 genoa sheets
  • 2 staysail sheets


  • Mainsail with 2 reefs
  • Furling genoa
  • Furling staysail (new from dec. 2017)
  • Spinnaker with sock
  • Storm gib


  • Large self-draining cockpit
  • Aluminum rudderstock square for fitting emergency tiller
  • Cockpit seats laid with teak (new teak 2019)
  • Stainless steel wheel (1000mm) on binnacle with compass (2018) engine control and panel, new NavPod (2018) box with Garmin chartplotter (2018), wind instrument (2018) and autopilot control, electric horn control
  • Coaming lockers
  • Aluminum rudderstock with new bearings (2018)
  • Gas bottle locker on swimstep
  • 2 large lockable cockpit lockers aft, with storage box for washboards
  • 1 manual bilge pump
  • 2 opening portholes for aft cabins with curtains (347mm x 171mm)


  • Smoked Plexiglas sliding hatch
  • Smoked Plexiglas washboard in two parts with ventilation and stainless steel lock
  • Solid teak frame
  • 2x teak handrails (330mm)
  • Removable companion way step for easy access to the engine


  • Chart table (475mm x 795mm)
  • Bookshelf and storage space
  • Main switch panel 12 V: 15 functions – 220 V: 3 functions
  • Ventilation through porthole on couch roof with curtain (325mm x 185mm)
  • 1 red light
  • Navigator’s seat with storage below
  • Chart storage unit
  • 1x 12 V socket
  • 1x 220 V socket
  • 2x 110 V socket (2019)
  • 2x USB socket (2018)
  • Fuel gauge, fresh water flow gauge, engine time display (2019), smart battery monitor, 110 V inverter control (2019), 220 V inverter control (2019), battery voltage display.
  • Garmin VHF radio (2018)
  • Garmin AIS transponder (send and receive) (2018)
  • IridiumGo! satellite phone with external antenna on aft arch (2018)
  • 1 LED spotlight (2018)


  • U-shaped settee, 8 to 10-seater, with backrests
  • Cushion and backrests with new fabric (2019)
  • Side locker behind settee
  • Laminated teak striped floor
  • Light through hull and coach roof portholes and deck hatch with curtains
  • 2 LED spotlights (2019)
  • White vinyl headlinings and oak wood lining on hull sides
  • Storage space below side settee and central bench
  • Saloon table (1200mm x 780mm) foldable in three parts to 1200mm x 390mm


  • Functional linear galley
  • Large laminate worktop (1600mm x 500mm) and many storage compartments
  • 2 stainless steel sinks (2018)
  • Pressurized and filtered hot and cold water tap
  • Cupboard with laminated interior for easy cleaning
  • Gimballed stainless steel ENO two-burners stove with oven and stainless steel handrail (propane, butane, LPG); new burners, thermocouples and tubes (2018)
  • Isotherm Magnum ASU water-cooled fridge 105 liters, with new controller, cooling plates, pump and compressor (2020)
  • Dresser (2 shelves)
  • Ventilation and light through hull portholes and deck hatches with curtains
  • 1 red LED light (2019)
  • Seawater foot pump
  • Large ventilated storage space for cocking utensils and pans
  • 2 LED spotlights in galley and corridor (2018)
  • Shelf
  • Trimmed worktop
  • Laminated teak striped floor
  • 1x 220 V socket
  • Stove propane solenoid control (2018)


  • Double berth
  • Mattress, 12 cm thick, with fabric cover
  • Storage space under head of berth
  • Hanging locker
  • 1x opening deck hatch with curtain (500mm x 500mm)
  • Cabin doors (lockable) to saloon and forward head, with retaining hooks
  • 2 LED spotlights (2018)
  • 2 USB sockets (2018)
  • Laminated teak striped floor
  • 2 adjustable LED reading lamps (2018)
  • Storage locker with doors
  • Two-seater side sofa with seat and backrest, 12 cm thick, and 1 adjustable LED reading lamp (2018)
  • Storage unit behind the sofa
  • Ecosistem 30 liter per hour watermaker 12 V with control and test valve to forward head (2018)


  • Double berth
  • Mattress, 12 cm thick, with fabric cover
  • Ventilated storage lockers
  • 1x ventilated storage locker with shelves
  • Ventilation and light through portholes on coach roof, hull and cockpit
  • Cabin door (lockable) to saloon and retaining hook
  • Inspection hatch to the engine
  • 1 LED spotlight (2018)
  • Laminated teak striped floor
  • 2 adjustable LD reading lights (2018)
  • Water heater under settee, 22 L, boiler supply 220 V, 110 V and via heat exchanger (engine)


  • Double berth
  • Mattress, 12 cm thick, with fabric cover
  • Ventilated storage lockers
  • 1x ventilated storage locker with shelves
  • Ventilation and light through portholes on coach roof, hull and cockpit
  • Cabin door (lockable) to saloon and retaining hook
  • Inspection hatch to the engine
  • 1 LED spotlight (2018)
  • Laminated teak striped floor
  • 2 adjustable LD reading lights (2018)
  • 2x solar panel controllers under settee (2018)
  • 1x 110 V 2000W inverter (2019)
  • 1x 220 V 2000W inverter (2019)
  • Circuit breakers under settee


  • Door to forward cabin with lock
  • Laminated bulkhead
  • Toilet (manual pump)
  • Washbasin with pressurized hot and cold water tap/shower
  • 1 electric shower discharge pump
  • Ventilation through deck hatch with curtain (500mm x 500mm)
  • White laminate and wooden unit with ample storage space
  • Teak grating
  • 1 LED light (2018)
  • 1 LED spotlight (2018)
  • 1 cupboard with shelves
  • Door to forward sail locker
  • 1x 220 V socket
  • 2x mirrors


  • Door to saloon with lock
  • Laminated bulkheads
  • Toilet (manual pump), rebuilt in 2018
  • Washbasin with pressurized hot and cold water tap/shower
  • 1 electric shower discharge pump
  • Light and ventilation through porthole on coach roof with curtain (200mm x 200mm)
  • Holding tank 80 L (2018)
  • Teak grating
  • 1 red LED light (2018)
  • 1 LED spotlight (2018)
  • 1 mirror


  • Volvo D2 – 55 diesel engine
  • Soundproofed and ventilated engine compartment (1 air inlet, 1 air outlet)
  • 5x 125 A.h gel batteries service bank (2019)
  • 1x 80 A.h lead acid battery engine bank
  • Entire engine instrument panel on column; single-lever control
  • Insulation on prop shaft (2018)


  • Architect: Phillipe Briand
  • Construction: 5083 H 111 aluminum, welded under Argon/Helium atmosphere
  • Interior woodwork in oak; white vinyl headlinings
  • Lead ballast encapsulated in waterproof resin


  • Hydraulic cylinder with manual control for rudder and centreboard
  • Hydraulic pump in cockpit locker
  • Safety-release valves
  • New hydraulic piston for rudder (2019)


  • Length overall: 13.37 m
  • Hull length: 12.90 m
  • Length at waterline: 10.59 m
  • Maximum beam: 4.22 m
  • Draught with centerboard down: 2.54 m
  • Draught with centerboard up: 0.74 m
  • Light displacement: 10,300 kg
  • Ballast weight: 3,600 kg
  • Water tanks: 360 l + 250 l
  • Fuel tanks: 2 x 150 l + 1 x 80 l (for diesel heater, not installed)
  • Gross tonnage: 20.29 t


  • Sail area on the wind: 88 m2
  • Mainsail: 35 m2
  • Genoa: 52.5 m2
  • Staysail: 16.9 m2
  • Spinnaker: 108 m2
  • I(mast) / J / P / E (m): 15.9 / 4.69 / 14.2 / 4.44


  • Companionway: 1.97 m
  • Galley: 1.97 m
  • Saloon: 1.97 m
  • Aft cabin: 1.97 m
  • Forward cabin: 1.97 m
  • Toilet aft: 1.88 m
  • Toilet forward: 1.80 m

1 thought on “Meet our home – Ubi

  1. Greetings Neve family.
    Thank you for sharing your adventures in living amid these turbulent times. Please be safe. I know you will be. You’re sailors! One day the entire beautiful planet will be our ‘garden’ home on land and water. Imagine no more sickness or any strife at all. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
    Take care. May God’s spirit be with you now and always.
    Kate Laird

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