Thursday, 9 October 2014

Last Sail 2014

We started our end-of-the-year sail around southern Brittany in shorts and ended it in full foul weather gear as we bobbed in and out of three successive gales and torrential rain.  It was clearly time to head home and declare the sailing season over. 

We did have some beautiful days of sailing but mostly we sailed to various appointments to visit boats and to show Spray to perspective buyers.  We visited an Ovni 36 that was in a pathetic state, followed by a pristine Feeling 39 that had an enormous saloon but teeny weeny cabins.  At the same time, it was so wide (4.02 meters or 13.2 feet) that there was no visibility from the helm except through the dodger panels and no way of steering while sitting on the cockpit benches or gunwales. In the meantime, we learned that the Sun Odyssey 379 that we visited earlier is, indeed, Category A (stability rated for “all oceans”) and not Category B as we previously thought.  The boat is only rated Category B if it has in-mast furling, since that puts a lot of weight high up and raises the center of gravity.  That’s not something we wanted anyway, so we’re going to go back and look at that great little boat again next week.

Two statues facing each other on either side of the entrance to the old port of Haliguen.
Much to our dismay and increasing bewilderment, Spray continues attracting tall men.  The last 4 out of 5 visitors have not been able to stand up fully in the saloon.  We have decided to start the guided visit from inside the boat from now on.  We will probably take Spray to the largest used boat show in France in 3 weeks (Le Mille Sabords in southern Brittany) in hopes of selling her before winter sets in.  It sounds so odd to talk of selling her – she’s such a great boat and we’ve invested so much time (and money) in her.  But our sailing plans have altered and she’s not the right boat for us in the long term.  They say that the two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are 1) the day he buys the boat and 2) the day he sells it.  I’m not sure this will be the case for us.  We’ve grown quite attached to her and she’s taught us a lot. It sounds schmaltzy but I really hope we can find her a good home.   

Scenes from river cruising along the Vilaine (where we hid out from the gales).


Ed said...

Oh, Maria! So wish I could have sailed that river with you guys. The scenes looked spectacular! I happened to turn up the picture of the two statues just as the two children living with us (ages 6 and 11) passed by. Ooops! :)

Unknown said...

Spray looks like a lovely boat, and I do hope you find a good new owner for her! I know what you mean by getting attached. I LOVE my current boat, but there is no way she is going to be able to take me around the world, so at some stage I am going to have to come to terms with selling her. Makes me get a bit panicky just thinking about it! She has been such a joy to me for the last 11 years. :)