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In the middle of March, when we arrived in Bimini, we thought we would only be in the Bahamas for 4-5 weeks, and because of that we only got 50 days on our visa. But we hadn’t been there for long, before we agreed that there of course wasn’t any reason for rushing home! Last week we were therefore suddenly in a hurry, when we realised that we only had a few days left on our visas!
We are currently running a specialist boat auction for American boats, with BoatBid.com, bidding ends on May 20th. The boat auction process means you can bid with confidence, each boat can be surveyed and sea trialled before you make the final decision to purchase, plus its free to bid.
The first summer, Henrik and I sailed together, we were at one time anchored south of Ibiza. One afternoon, a small sail boat entered the anchorage under sail. They lowered the anchor, and then backed it in under sail. After taking the sails down, three men, I guessed a father and two sons, squeezed themselves into small wooden dinghy and rowed ashore.
This week, we’ve spent most of our time looking at weather files. Luckily, the forecasted storm didn’t turn out as bad as expected, and the dangerous-looking red spots on the weather map went north of Bahamas, but the weather has still been unstable, and one low pressure after another is passing Bahamas.
In the previous almost 14 days, we’ve been reduced to being only a sailboat, since we haven’t succeeded in finding a replacement for our failing starter. We quickly gave up trying to find one in the unpopulated Berry Islands and instead headed towards Abacos: many Americans’ home-away-from-home in the Bahamas.
When we last week sailed across the Great Bahama Bank, Henrik made a big deal about being a sail boat. We therefore had to tack the 75 nautical miles across the bank averaging 2-3 knots. Fuel in the Bahamas is at least twice the price as in Florida.
Boatshed is one of the largest international yacht brokerages in the world, specialising in the sale and purchase of second-hand sail and motor boats. The original business, set up in Milford Haven Marina some 15 years ago, by seasoned sailors Neil and Mandy Chapman, after years of adventures offshore, has grown into a major international business and is a cornerstone of the yacht brokerage industry in the UK and overseas.
Since we left home and began our journey as cruisers, we’ve generally always been in a bit of a hurry. It seems like we’re always going somewhere, where we should have been the day before. If we stay in one place for several days, it’s normally because we have to fix something that is broken, and not because we’re going to relax and enjoy ourselves.
There are millions of boats for sale across the world at any moment in time. In the UK for example, it is estimated that there are currently between 100,000 and 200,000 boats for sale, and the picture is the same in most boating regions. In such a crowded marketplace connecting boat to buyer is an essential part of the broker’s role.
Recent confirmed sightings of the critically endangered Sturgeon Whales near the Isles of Scilly. Marine conservation specialists are extremely worried that these Whales (also know as Beluga Whales) have travelled so far south into warmer waters and believe it's due to the changing in the climate and the moving gulf stream. 24 hour watch and security is provided by Fisheries Protection team with 3 boats monitoring the area protecting the females valuable roe - caviar.
With the British pound is on a seven year high against the Euro which could remain for the next few months and is excellent news for boat buyers. As the Euro continues to slide British pound, if you are thinking of buying a boat in the Euro zone can take advantage of this shift, with Portugal and Spain offering some of the lowest travel and accommodation costs in the EU, making it very attractive to look for boats on these shores. With Boatshed offices covering France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Croatia and Gibraltar its worth comparing the currency rates to get the best deal for your money and to get your perfect boat.
There are some really great boats in Aprils auction with super keen reserves, so remember its free to bid and you'll be notified (choose to be notified by email or text) as soon as the reserve is reached.
Another week at the boatyard… Argh!!! Just as we thought, we were ready to be launched, nothing seems to be going our way. First our new foghorn broke, just as the mast was ready to be put back on the boat, so we had to wait and get the foghorn exchanged.
I don't know if this is the case in other boat yards, but where we are, the main part of the conversations is about when you hope to be back in the water. The cruiser next to us says that he’s been saying next week since August, but maybe he’s been a bit too optimistic! So far we've only said next Monday twice, but mid this week we already started saying Monday or Tuesday. I just really hope that next week I don't have to write: Another week at the boatyard!
Before New Years, when we got the boat on land, we couldn’t wait to get the boat back in the water again. The other cruisers on the yard had been there for several months, but to us it seemed completely unlikely that we would stay on the yard longer than what was absolutely necessary. Now we’ve been here for so long, though, that we’re starting to feel at home, and we could easily stay here for the rest of the season just fixing the boat!
Sir Robin has won the Yachtsman of the Year award for the fourth time. At 75 the sailing Legend and Grey Power his Open 60 was third in the Route Du Rhum Race from St Malo to Guadaloupe.
After a very pleasant and successful Christmas Eve, Henrik was again ready to struggle with our very uncooperative engine. The staff on the boat yard where we were, had given him an old piece of rubber, so he could cut the seal for the heat exchanger himself, because it had broken, when the raw water pump was working again. Henrik made it, so it worked (but it wasn't pretty, as he explained), and on Boxing Day we left St. Augustine and headed towards Fort Lauderdale; a 250 nm trip in nearly no wind.
I don’t always think it’s easy being far away from home and especially not during Christmas. I've always celebrated Christmas with my parents except for last year, where we 6 days earlier arrived in Martinique after 31 very long days at the Atlantic Ocean. Then we had our Christmas dinner in a very un-cosy corner of a restaurant in town, and I think we managed to get on the wrong side of each other before the night was over.
Fancy owning Superyacht ?
We have now finally made it to Florida! We arrived in St. Augustine early this morning after two days at sea, which turned out to be quite a cold experience. Henrik found great pleasure in sailing again, though, in spite of the cold weather - and I managed as well.