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Your own boat #1 The truck transportation

Another story begins.

Even before we made a deal with the seller and before we made and offer of buying a boat we had to count our budget together with all the expences. The big portion of our cake we had to keep for the transportation, it is kind of expences you definitely have to count with. Regarding the trasportation one of the big issuses was the almost 4m height of the boat. Originally I contacted several low deck trailer transportation companies, but our height was just too troublesome for bridges, trees, tunels etc. The boat was just too high for any standard oversize cargo. Soon become clear that any trailer not designed for the ship transport wil be just simply useless if we wanna pass under bridges on highway, trees and tolleys wires. To simplify everything, from the boat specialised trnsportations compacies: we got offers in variation of 10k Euro. We were so lucky to find Mr. Spirit from his company Port Bayt Boat Transportation. The good sign was an estimation on the price of each part of transportation (truck delivery to loading place, oversized load fees in Germany and in Czech Rep., pilot cars in Germany and in Czech Rep., the transport of the boat, and final truck delivery to the home station). So even before making a deal we wanted to make sure we have enough money to bring the boat home.

We were about to make an offer, but our heads were still full of questions, one important one was: Where do we put our boat to work on it? Cyrano is almost 12m lenght over all and we needed a space to work on the boat to make her up. Firstly I never thought we will be able to put the boat in the front of the house, therefore I was considering the governmental land which I think will be not a problem to rent for several years to work on the boat. Continue reading »

The working place preparation

Before we moved the Cyrano on the place we cut out the three wall to make a space, water leveled the ground with some concrete panels to support it’s weight on the frame we build up. See few pictures below to ilustrate the work before the boat could come.

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 »