Col’s Tech Update: winterising and annual maintenance

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Like all sailing boats, finally my darling (FMD) requires annual maintenance. Without that maintenance, both the systems on board and hull of the boat itself would start to rapidly deteriorate and ultimately let us down. It’s a bit like insurance. It costs to have these insurances in place and maintained, but it’s the protection you must have not just for the boat, but also for the safety of those ... Continue Reading

Weather delays and naming days

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Well I had been warned... the wonderful world of boating has and always will be dictated by the weather. Never plan too far ahead nor promise to be somewhere at a set time, as the weather forecast will always have the final say. Rain, howling wind, snowflakes... we've seen it all this week and so begins our intimate relationship and attachment to the constantly changing elements of Mother ... Continue Reading

A productive week

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Dobrodosli (hello)! Firstly apologies for the slow first update.  It has been a busy first week and we’ve just set up regular internet access. Hope this finds you well wherever you are. Today the guys are back to Sibenik (pronounced Shib-e-neck) with a ‘to do’ list of essential tasks, taking us a few steps closer to officially setting sail. The trip here (via Singapore, Abu Dhabi and ... Continue Reading

One more sleep to go…

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Hello Col here! What an amazing feeling being this close to our new lifestyle when you can say “just one more sleep!” Believe it or not, a wonderful feeling of calm has overcome us knowing all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. We can sit here having a cleansing ale, looking down the passageway to the front door to see the suitcases and carry-on bags parked behind the door ready for our ... Continue Reading

Realising a lifelong dream

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To say this adventure has been a long time coming would be an understatement. The way in which the journey has unfolded and evolved into a family affair may not have been the original intention – but with the kids all happily married, seven terrific grand kids to dote over, mum and dad knew it was time to make their dreams come true. I've said it before, but as long as I can remember my dad ... Continue Reading