Guapa: Beauty and the Sea

One family and their boat. A daydream, a vision and now, slowly, becoming reality.

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True North

18 March 2010
E-mail from the yard - finally. Only the briefest description of the state of affairs (most of it had already been reported by 'eyes and ears on the ground'). That was it, apart from: give us money. It's nice to have them acknowledging my existence.
Palms have now been crossed with silver, more than enough to warrant some (more) activity. Since then; not a word. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume/hope that they're too busy working on the boat.
Hope it won't be too long before I can drop in - in person - for a look and a chat.

Meanwhile, for a change, we've been having quite a lot of good news on the personal, professional and financial front. After what must seem like ages of moaning, whining and scraping pennies together we've finally turned the corner. The professional stability and financial security we've craved for so long is finally ours. So, come May, the boat will be all finished and the mortgage paid for. We can start living again, instead of merely surviving. All good things come those who wait. And I guess we've waited long enough.

Now that we're nearing the end of our project, I would like to say that none of it would have been possible without the support of my family. No matter how hard things got, they've been there for me: morally, emotionally and financially. The children have been great, but above all else, Brigitte has been a rock.

Today is our 19th wedding anniversary, and it's the first time in over a decade we're apart on that day. I love her more now than I ever did. Brigitte: wife, lover and best friend. My true North - I'd be lost without you.
Vessel Name: Guapa
Vessel Make/Model: Kalik 44
Hailing Port: Ipswich, UK
Crew: Wim, Brigitte, Evita & Yanni
About: The Vandenbossche family
Extra: One family and their boat. It started as daydream, then a vision and now, slowly, becoming reality.
Guapa's Photos - Beauty and the Sea (Main)
1 Photo
Bringing Guapa home - Bruinisse lock
35 Photos
Created 18 July 2014
17 Photos
Created 20 February 2014
12 Photos
Created 22 May 2013
13 Photos
Created 22 May 2013
Ostend, UK East & South Coast and Normandy
30 Photos
Created 10 August 2012
Winter sailing - UK East Coast
18 Photos
Created 9 February 2012
34 Photos
Created 17 April 2011
10 Photos
Created 17 April 2011
It's all been worth it.
4 Photos
Created 26 July 2010
The horror... The saga continues. Hull respray, new engine, and loads more (expensive) fun.
20 Photos
Created 21 June 2010
Replacing a teak deck and other horror stories
25 Photos
Created 31 December 2008
The Solent, Channel Island(s) and Normandy.
21 Photos
Created 8 June 2008
Messing about in the Suffolk/Essex area
17 Photos
Created 21 December 2007
UK South Coast, Normandy, Northern France & Belgium
40 Photos
Created 23 September 2007
A thing of beauty
7 Photos
Created 3 June 2007
Meet the crew
12 Photos
Created 27 March 2007
Messing about in the Suffolk/Essex area
8 Photos
Created 27 March 2007
Running from the storm(s) - North Sea Triangle: Ramsgate - Ostend - Harwich.
6 Photos
Created 17 February 2007
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