June 17, 2014

We have had a wonderful time based here in Camden, Maine and we could not leave without saying THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us with this project.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Bill and Johanna Strassberg, a friendship first forged in the Galapagos Islands a...

June 17, 2014

A brief video of Novara on deck.

June 10, 2014

The whole Maine coast is a cruising yachtsmans dream but Penobscot Bay must certainly be the jewel in Maines crown. With shelter provided by the outer islands from the Atlantic swells there are 100's of beautiful anchorages to choose from and at this time of year they...

June 10, 2014

With most of the jobs now complete and Phil having left to spend a couple of weeks with his family back in Europe, Trish and I have finally got off the Wayfarer dock and out sailing in Penobscot Bay.

Before we left we hoisted the US courtesy flag and flew the Red Ensign...

June 2, 2014

As the weeks have rolled by we have slowly seen Camden come alive. After the coldest winter in 30 years spring  and now summer have arrived late but finally summer has arrived and we see the difference each day, not only by the number of boats launched and placed on th...

May 30, 2014

Novara already has an 11' 6" Avon fibreglass RIB with a 8hp 2 stroke Yamaha outboard that we use as the runabout. This sits on the foredeck when on passage, protected by the high bows and gunwhales and below the sight line of the watch in the pilothouse.

But given the r...

May 28, 2014

We hope that we will have some great adventures with Novara over the next few years and she will take us into some remote places. However, this does bring a whole range of challenges both when sailing and when stopped!


In addition to the great anchoring systems th...

May 22, 2014

My apologies for the lack of recent blog postings but in the 7 1/2 weeks since Phil and I arrived we have had just one day off and much of this was spent looking around chandlery's amd we are in danger of getting into the all work/no play syndrome.

So we will take this...

May 18, 2014

After 10 days ashore Novara is now ready to be re-launched. It has been a busy period with the hull sanded and anti-fouled, new zincs, thro hulls and skin fittings serviced and checked.

We have modified the prop protection fins to ensure that any ice impact will not for...

May 6, 2014

We have had Novara hauled out to sand the hull, renew the anti foul, replace her zinc anodes, check all thro hulls, skin fittings and sensors.

When she is out of the water she has a squat, ugly duckling look with her extended bow and stern, rounded hull form and no keel...

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