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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23 May 2016 | L'Aber Wrach
21 May 2016 | Port Pendennis
19 April 2016 | Boxmoor
05 April 2016 | Northwood
28 January 2016 | Hemel Hempstead
17 December 2015 | Boxmoor
01 September 2015 | East Coast
30 July 2015 | Northwood
26 July 2015 | Northwood
01 June 2015 | Ostend/North Sea
27 May 2015
31 March 2015 | Leverstock Green
23 February 2015 | Leverstock Green
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24 November 2014
14 October 2014 | Leverstock Green
19 September 2014 | Leverstock Green
15 September 2014 | Levington, River Orwell


20 January 2014 | Northwood
As much as it pains me to say it, but these last few years, we haven’t really ‘been’ anywhere.
Mostly we cruised locally and we have had the odd dash across the Channel to Ostend. But apart from that, we have not much to show for ourselves: Normandy in 2011 and the Channel Islands in 2008. A bit disappointing for a boat capable of so much more.

Stuck in a rut – and there lies the danger. I may have grown a bit complacent. I haven’t really looked at my charts (paper & electronic) for ages. GPS routes to/from our most frequent destinations have all been plotted YEARS ago. I knew where I was going and how to get there.

Now, when I want to take the boat off the beaten track, my charts drawer needs some updating and expansion.
I swear, marine electronics are a rip-off. I admit, it must be a decade now since my plotter was state-of-the-art, but still... it’s virtually impossible to find electronic charts for it.

‘That format is no longer supported/updated, sir’.

‘And why not? Plotter still works fine’.

Well, I’m not spending a couple of K of money I haven’t really got to spare on equipment that may not be supported/updated in a decade or so. The plotter will just serve as radar then and I’ll get paper charts and maybe keep the tablet as back-up.

Paper charts or 'my rant part2'.
Walked into a chandlery lately? Seen many paper charts on display? Bet you a pint you haven’t. Called on 2 local chandleries last week – one had hardly any, the ones I could find at the other were all dated 2010 or 2011. When they cover areas which have had wind farms sprouting left, right and centre this just isn’t good enough.

‘There’s not much call for them, sir, so we don’t stock them anymore. Everybody uses electronic charts these days’.

‘Well, sir doesn’t. Apparently sir’s plotter is no longer supported’.

Talk about Catch 22. Still, found the charts I want/need on Amazon (of all places). So, I had a rant or two and we carry on.

As we’re moving back onto a swinging mooring as from April, I had the life jackets (unused and unchecked for many years) serviced. They got an ‘all OK’ report.
However, no such good news as far as the life raft is concerned. It’s well past its ‘use by’ date and can no longer be resurrected for another 3 years. This is bad news I could have done without.

A life raft is something I’d rather have and not need, than need and not have. Despite my sometimes cavalier attitude towards safety on a boat, where I’m thinking of taking Guapa I’m not taking any chances. That’ll be another thousand or so. That’ll be the thousand I’m not spending on updating my electronics then. It always costs money – whatever the choices you make.

Anyway, I’ve got my sights set on a goal and I’m not going to be deterred – not this time. To quote the great Winston Churchill: KBO – Keep Buggering On.

Talk to you soon, people.

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
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
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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.
21 Photos
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.
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Created 17 February 2007
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