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Second only to Dorade

June 7th 2018

In any race it is the winner that gets all the plaudits while the runner up is consigned to history.
So it was on the 1931 Transatlantic Race when 8 yachts started from Newport en route to the finish line at Plymouth. The race was won by the 48’ Sparkman and Stephens yawl Dorade but the runner up was the 50’...


I name this ship.......................

September 4th 2017

Some time ago I bought a yacht with the most dreadful name. I can't mention it for fear of offending the owner or his descendants who gave her this name but suffice to say it is a spice I really do not like - yet another good reason for changing it. Changing the name of a vessel was always considered bad luck but I...


So you want to buy a boat - 4

April 4th 2017

Following our previous look at buying a boat we near the end of the voyage as you come to the moment of change of ownership. The actual procedure should be in the initial contract but in case it has not been specified in detail the major points to look out for here are firstly to ensure that you have clear title to...


So you want to buy a boat - 3

February 21st 2017

So you want to buy a boat – 3. Survey is the next major hurdle and absolutely essential.  Even for an experienced yachtsman, a time-served boat-builder and with money to spare we are all prone to an attack of starry-eyes. But get it all down in black and white by an independent observer, good...


Looking for a lifestyle change

January 31st 2017

Sailing is one of the great escapist past times and allows people to dream of a different life which is as far removed from their day to day monotony as it is possible to be.  Some people in their younger years step into the world of super yachts where they polish brass on a floating hotel, and some people simply...


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