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Boat hunting #2 Finding Cyrano

It was just about the end of winter when I was about to check online pictures of Ranger 29 for sale in Netherland, but becuase I forgot the website name I tryied search by keywords and accidentaly found Mariner 38 Pilot House being for sale in Germany located roughly about 400km from my parents home.

Mariner Pilothouse 38 we named Cyrano

Mariner Pilothouse 38, picture from the  sale. Hope the boat was at this shape at the time we went to check her.

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Boat hunting #1 A hobby for several years.

Since we are together we all the time wanted to go saling. Liping’s father was a nautical engeneer working of biggest ships build at the time. When Dalibor was about 10 years old his father together with his uncle spent coupe of years home build  7 meters long sailboat named Gaia (The Eearth in Greek mythology). The boat is still on mooring at Lipno lake in Czech Republic owned by friend of us.

So it was for both of us more than an idea to go sailing, it was an internall need for a freedom we we both had in our hearts.

The very first sailboat Dalibor owned is in a Papillon, in 1967 British build twin keel Hurey 22 with hull number 8010. Hurley 22s were quite a popular boats among British sailors. It was used to be called Lady’s boat for it’s easy manuverabilty and maybe becase the most famouse trip this boat have made was made by Margaret Hicks who become the first lady crossing Atlantic ocean singlehanded.

Margaret Hicks and Hurley 22 'Anonimous Bay'. First woman to cross the Atlantic singlehanded.

Margaret Hicks and Hurley 22. First woman to cross the Atlantic singlehanded.

Hurley 22 were aso used by British Navy for cadet trainigs. Later model of Hurley 22, the Hurley 700 was also owned by Dutch sailor Laura Dekker  who sailed her Hurley across to England. Laura later become famous for being the youngest person sail single handed around the world Continue reading »