It has been a while since we have written about our sailing adventures. The reason for that is that we haven't been properly sailing for a couple of years, as we haven't had a working boat. Here's a short recap:
Firebird May 2012 - May 2014
|A nice lump of iron hanging down, waiting to hit something or fall off|
We sailed good old Firebird, our first boat, from London to the Canary Islands, where we sold her. She was a great boat and we had so much fun (and our fair share of fear!) in her, but we decided that she wasn't safe enough for offshore sailing. Although well built, she was of modern design, with a fin keel, saildrive and spade rudder, which we just weren't comfortable with. We would rather sacrifice cruising speed and low-speed manoeuvrability in favour of safety and comfort when things get lively.
Seahorse May 2014 - October 2016
|Along with wearing that hat, buying Seahorse turned out to be a mistake|
We bought Seahorse on Fuerteventura (in the Canary Islands). She was of steel construction, had a full keel, ketch rigged and had steel bulkheads creating three watertight sections, just like the Titanic had. Unsinkable! We bought her knowing that we had a lot of work to do before she would be ready to go cruising. Like, a lot of work!
We only ever made two voyages aboard Seahorse (a short one and a long one), but we got more than enough excitement out of those two trips!
We were well into the refit when our baby girl was born. This changed our perspective and we wanted to be together as a family, out sailing, rather than being split between baby-duties and boatyard-duties (the two were incompatible as the boatyard was not a particularly healthy environment for anyone, least of all a fresh little baby).
|In the boatyard in Lagos, having removed the old engine. Well, the replacement engine was a waste of money, but we had fun working on the old girl in the sun!|
Sunbow July 2016 - May 2017
|She's covered in tarpaulins because she leaked like a sieve when it rained! She never really saw the light of day|
|Oh look, we're in a boatyard. Again. Freezing our nadgers off this time, trying to make use of the pitifully short November daylight|
August 2017, a New Hope
|Our latest humble abode|
|For once, we're leaving a boatyard...don't worry, it didn't last long|
|"The Admiral", as the onlookers at the lock into the marina were calling her, overseeing all operations from the bridge.|
This was after our first short journey after buying Matchmaker, right before she was out of action for the next year.
|My first view of Matchmaker as we approached in the previous owner's dinghy|
|Performing the renaming ceremony. We hope that Neptune likes alcohol free beer|
So there you have it, we now live in Hope.
|Putting the new name on|