Guapa: Beauty and the Sea

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

14 December 2016
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05 April 2016 | Northwood
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01 June 2015 | Ostend/North Sea
27 May 2015
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15 September 2014 | Levington, River Orwell

The waiting game

01 July 2012 | Hemel Hempstead
What happened since the last update? Nothing much – the usual. Since we seem to be experiencing the warmest and wettest summer on record... All we managed were a couple of blustery day-sails (20kts+ winds throughout). Whilst it boosted the testosterone level, I don’t think the rest of the crew enjoyed any of them much. You could see the sense of relief in their eyes every time I decided that enough was enough and we headed back.

‘Clean Team’ despatched to the boat today. We’ll be living aboard for more than a couple of days for the first time in ... Don’t remember, but it’s been too long.

Hauled out the boat last week for a quick pressure wash and a change of anodes. Also greased the prop at the same time. Engine serviced as well.
No anti-fouling for the second year in a row now. Coppercoat is still doing its thing. Some weed along the waterline (usually gone after we’d been out for a spin) and some slime elsewhere. And that was it. Well worth the money, I wish I’d had her done sooner. Next boat, this will be one of the first things I have done. So, we’re all set for a trouble-free summer cruise – if the weather improves.

It looks like it’s going to be the South Coast and France – again. Long term weather forecast indicates that we’ll have to postpone our trip to the high latitudes for another year. Norway, Shetland and the Far-Oer will have to wait for at least one more year.
Not too disappointed, but it would have been nice to go somewhere else – off the beaten track.

Who’s going to be part of the crew, when, where and for how long is still undecided, but I’ve not given up hope that this summer we might have a family summer cruise. It would be nice if we could use her for what we got her for, even if it’s for the last time.

Two weeks to go, and then things should be getting more interesting on here. Hang in there, because we are.
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)
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Bringing Guapa home - Bruinisse lock
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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
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Created 10 August 2012
Winter sailing - UK East Coast
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Created 9 February 2012
34 Photos
Created 17 April 2011
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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.
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Created 8 June 2008
Messing about in the Suffolk/Essex area
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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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