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To arrive in Martinique has turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax for both of us, even though we barely talked about anything else during the crossing or before for that matter. Martinique hasn't live up to our expectations, which for my part have been have been completely off. I thought I had read somewhere that Martinique and especially the main city Fort-de-France was full of high-end and luxury brand shops, so I imagined Martinique to be something like the French Riviera with and island flavour. I do wonder where I've picked that up, because Fort-de-France couldn't be less like Cannes or Nice!
This year we’ve really got into blogging and have welcomed friends, boaters and brokers from all over the world to write articles on the Boatshed blog. It’s made interesting and varied reading; there should be something that appeals to everyone. Here are a few highlights from 2013.
Sunday the 17th of November we sailed from Lanzarote both of us full of excitement and optimism. I just couldn’t believe that we were about to cross the Atlantic!
Capibara, Allegro 30, left Lanzarote on Sunday 17th November and arrived in Martinique after 32 days at sea.
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All is well on board Capibara but we are both very bored. We've been at sea now for 25 days but we still have over 800 miles to go. We finally have easterly winds but they are strong: 20-30 knots with squalls up to 40 knots.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale an ever popular Westerly Konsort. Westerly Konsorts are well regarded for being spacious and for easy handling with good performance under sail and power. This Konsort has been upgraded for Brittany and Channel Island cruising where she is ideally suited to explore remote areas inaccessible to other boats and away from the crowds. Well maintained, she has been a safe family boat enjoyed by the current owner, who is a professional seafarer, for the past 17 years. Most recent improvements include fitting a Beta Marine 28hp engine and gearbox (2009), with upgraded alternator, new stern gear and a calorifier for pumped hot water. In 2013 the standing rigging was replaced. She has davits and duplicate aerials fitted to a gantry which also makes her suitable for mast down cruising in the French Canals.
Boatshed Dartmouth are delighted to offer for sale a well maintained and equipped Channel Island 22. This example is fitted with the preferred twin Volvo diesels (recently serviced) offering excellent maneuverability and performance. Below decks she is well appointed including an unused Nelson stove and she is offered to the market with a good and very complete inventory as well. A really superb coastal cruiser – ‘ready to go’.
Just over two weeks at sea and just about half way to Martinique.
Despite the delayed start, the Dubai Used Boatshow is now open and things are in full swing down at Dubai Creek. The pre-owned Boatshow designed to display Dubai's buoyant second-hand boat market has opened after being delayed by the weekend's bad weather.
Miraculously, we got the boat ready in time and at 11 o'clock on Sunday morning we left Marina Lanzarote with the other participants in the Atlantic Odyssey to get ready to cross the start line at 12 o'clock.
Storms in Dubai Delay Used Boatshow........ . Due to weather conditions, the dates of the Pre-Owned Boat Show have now changed as follows:
Herik & Signe have now left for their 3000 mile trip across the Atlantic to Martinique. With all the provisioning and lockers all put away and the boat a few inches down on her waterlines she heads out to sea.
82,000 boats needed by 2015!
There are only two days left now before we leave Arrecife to do our first Atlantic crossing, and we are not ready at all! When we were cruising around Gran Canary 10 days ago we agreed that besides the last provisioning, we were ready to go, but now it’s a totally different story! The boat is a complete chaos, and nothing seems to go our way.
Boatshed Suffolk run by business Owners Alan & Penny Nash are looking individuals or business looking to start or expand their own business for maximum returns.
With the new rules introduced in January 2012 it has made it much easier to travel with your UK dog abroad. We have two dogs, two Jack Russell crosses, both sisters Poppet and Gimble, now nearly 7 years old. They have done thousands of miles at sea.