Guapa: Beauty and the Sea

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

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27 May 2010 | Ipswich
Survey the day before yesterday. What I had hoped would be a mere formality to satisfy the insurance did not turn out to be nothing of the sort.

The day started off well enough. The rudder had just been fitted and the engine, prop and shaft were all in place. So far so good.
Surveyor - who came recommended - turned out to be not exactly what I had expected, but a very nice and knowledgeable man all the same.
I supplied him with all possible info on the boat and the refit I could think of - documented with pictures of every stage.

He then did his stuff, in a very thorough and unhurried manner. In the mean time I had a word with the yard electrics department. It seems the the repeated flooding of our engine room has wrought havoc on the wiring. Quite a few are rotten to the core. Another case of BOAT: Break Out Another Thousand. Not a happy bunny.
Little did I know that worse news was to come.

A well filled diary meant I had to leave the surveyor before he'd finished the job. He would get back to me if anything serious cropped up.
Yesterday, a call from the yard: 'Do you want us to get on with that 'void' just before the keel the surveyor found'? 'What void? And how much is it going to cost'? 'It could be a mornings work or it could be a couple of thousand - we won't know till we open her up'. 'Hold everything till I've heard from the surveyor'.

I did, this morning. Not good. A patch of hull (200mm by 300mm) just forward of the keel is de-laminating. Very high moisture readings indicating trapped water. Advised to treat asap before things get any worse.

Where are we now? The yard is going 'to open her up' and quote for the repairs. The surveyor will then also have a look and get back to me.
Once again, I'm hoping for the best and fearing the worst.

Best case: it's easily fixable - we scrape our last few pennies together and salvage a bit of our sailing year. Worst case: it's going to be bloody expensive. In that case, we'll have to leave her in the yard for a while longer. To be repaired when we once again have some money.
More - hopefully good - news soon.

Moving house - changing jobs - the boat. All I need now is a divorce and I'm ready for my Prozac.

Silver lining: I have managed to secure us a pontoon berth from July. Hopefully, we'll be able to use it.
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
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Created 20 February 2014
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Created 22 May 2013
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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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