Guapa: Beauty and the Sea

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

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15 September 2014 | Levington, River Orwell

Where has it all gone?

28 January 2014 | Leverstock Green
Planning our offshore venture has brought to light just how unprepared we were for such an undertaking. The plan/project has at least provided a much needed focal point.

Since conceiving the plan, it seems I’ve been spending money hand over fist it seems. Nothing fancy, just standard safety stuff which has forever any a day been languishing on the ‘I’ll get round to it’ list. Things like a life raft, EPIRB, updated charts, pilot books, ... . Fox’s chandlery went the extra mile for us and managed to source up to date electronic charts for my steam powered plotter. Full marks to them.
So, that’s the navigation and safety side of things taken care of.

To cushion the financial blow, I’ve sold some bits of equipment off the boat which were now surplus to requirements. God bless the YBW forum. Every little bit helps.

Still on the to-do list for the next couple of weeks: the electrics (lighting). All of the cabin lighting is still original. Some pieces are just falling to bits and what still works uses a lot of power. LED lighting has now become affordable, so will tackle that job (with the help of Number 2 child) before February is out.

Also, I’ve been going through ‘the boat pile’ in my study. What a treasure trove that proved to be: turned up loads of useful stuff I had long since forgotten I had. I figure there must be more similar stuff lurking on the boat. Next in the diary: a trip up to the boat taking care of the lighting and going through each and every locker. See what we can turn up.

And finally: sorting fendering for the tender. Essential since we’ll be moving from a pontoon berth to a swinging mooring in April. Hopefully we can resurrect the outboard which has been sitting idle in the garage for over 5 years. Fingers crossed.

Tomorrow I should know if I will have 5 weeks off work for the trip I have in mind. Five weeks should be ample time – I guestimate the trip would take anything from 12-16 days at sea. With 5 weeks in hand I would be able to wait for a suitable weather window and have time for R&R once we get there.

Stay tuned – you’ll know if it's a go/no-go as soon as I know. All I can say right now is: I so looking forward to this.
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
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Created 17 April 2011
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Created 17 April 2011
It's all been worth it.
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Created 26 July 2010
The horror... The saga continues. Hull respray, new engine, and loads more (expensive) fun.
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Created 21 June 2010
Replacing a teak deck and other horror stories
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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
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Created 23 September 2007
A thing of beauty
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Created 3 June 2007
Meet the crew
12 Photos
Created 27 March 2007
Messing about in the Suffolk/Essex area
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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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