Guapa: Beauty and the Sea

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

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19 May 2014
The middle of May and no blog updates for a while. You might suspect that not everything went according to plan. And you would be right. I am not on my way north, and here is why:

1. Boat: all the updates were installed. However, I haven’t quite gotten to grips with the Monitor Windvane yet. We’ve only had one day to try it and the trail was not exactly a success. Could be several things: a broken bit or I have hooked it up wrong (unlikely as I scrupulously followed the manufacturer’s instructions). Though it is most likely because I haven’t gotten used to it. To be continued. It'll be a while before 'Carly@ is a fully signed up member of the crew.
2. Insurance & finances: after lots of phone calls and e-mails it became clear that to get comprehensive insurance cover for a solo trip up north was bloody expensive/unaffordable. I briefly entertained the idea of going with ‘third party only’ but a trip to the dentist made me shelve that idea.
A trip to the dentist? Let me clarify - five days into a week of night shifts I had an afternoon appointment with the dentist: crown/root canal work. Long story short: I was his best patient ever. I had SLEPT through the entire thing. Now, if I can sleep through that the chances of being woken by an alarm after a couple of days at sea are very slim. And the busy North Sea is not a place where you want to fall asleep for hours on end.
I had also needed to replace my car late April, thereby severely depleting the cruising kitty (and some other kitties as well). Comprehensive insurance cover was now most certainly unaffordable and ‘third party only’ was no longer a viable option. Quite frankly, a large part of our personal wealth is tied up in the boat and if I lose her (and the loss is not covered by the insurance) I will never be able to afford another boat – ever.
I had had an offer to crew, but not for the entire duration of the trip. I could have gotten there, but not back.
3. Weather: already on a tight schedule, the weather needed to be exactly right. It wasn’t. Strong winds for the first week and a half, to be followed by no wind at all.

In short: I had run out of time and money even before I set out. The plan to take the boat further offshore whilst we are still working has been proven to be unrealistic. As long as time or deadlines are an issue, it is never going to happen. Reality kicked my teeth in.

So, what did happen? Read on.
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
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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