Westsail 32: Kabuki

Getting Ready for our first voyage together.

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Our Westsail wine.

20 August 2009
Paul and I have been making our own wine for about 2 years now. Paul bought me a wine making kit for Christmas, and we have been enjoying the products of it ever since.
We buy a kit with concentrated grape juice and the yeast, oak chips etc. It takes about 4 weeks to brew a batch of 30 bottles. The wine is ready to drink after about 30 days, but we leave it for an extra week or so. It is very easy to drink wine, and does not leave with the dry horrors in the middle of the night.
Our son Xavier created a wine label for our wine, it has a picture of a Westsail Yacht on it. He also created a back label with information about the wine and where it is made ( I never got those printed though).
We have found that doing the wine making together is a really enjoyable time. And we both like the rewards (drinking it). We have given a few bottles away to family and freinds. At first they are quite dubious about it (homemade wine.......) but after they try it, they like it.

Anyway Paul and I are making our last vintage, we will bottle it in 2 weeks time and then we will not be making anymore for six months. I don't know how we are going to survive with cask wine!!!!!! Oh well sacrifices have to be made.
Vessel Name: Kabuki
Vessel Make/Model: Westsail 32 #425
Hailing Port: Whangarei, New Zealand
Crew: Paul Bowling and Wendy Smith
Paul and I have been sailing around Whangarei and the Bay of Islands for the last 14 years. We have owned a few boats in that time, ranging from a 20ft Trailer Sailer to a 36ft New Zealand built Eric Cox design yacht. [...]
Extra: Thought this would be a good way of keeping family and friends up to speed with our progress on getting Kabuki and ourselves ready for the big adventure.
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Who: Paul Bowling and Wendy Smith
Port: Whangarei, New Zealand