Well we finally did it boys and girls. After years of talking and pondering yesterday me and the Wombet took the helm of the new Womboat.
We've flipped and flopped over those years. Nearly bought a lovely though sadly neglected Passport 42, thought long and hard about one of my all time favourite yachts the Dehler DS41 and even looked at various production yachts such as Hanse and Wauquiez. I dare say had a DS41 appeared at the right time we would probably have succumbed but after viewing a number of deck saloons and getting advice from various folk with some experience we had to admit that in Australia they are really just that little bit too hard to keep cool in summer, particularly when we are not marina dwellers so air con was quite out of the question.
Ou dear old Raven (VDS34) has been such a great boat for us, her only insurmountable problem being that as we get older and realise we really do need that little bit extra room to move, she is simply too tight. Many a night me and Wombet have been found muttering darkly to ourselves that if only she was that wee tadge bigger we'd never sell her. On the other hand we most certainly did not want to get too big. We are only two and to be honest somewhat anti social so we've always thought forty odd feet would be sufficient for our needs and desires.
So, it came to pass that two paths intersected. For years now I have a pic floating around my computer of a rather smooth , businesslike sloop going about her business.
I've always had a soft spot for boats from Northern Europe but they are not common in Australia. Lo and behold however one popped up. As per that previous pic, a Malo 39 Classic which for some strange reason is actually 41' loa and not as would seem logical 39'. Malo
So here she is. The new Womboat, officially Kukka which is I am told is Finnish for Flower and perhaps more interestingly Swedish slang for Cannabis.
Sp there you go. Going to take us a while to get used to her I'm sure but I'm thinking we've got a few fun time adventures ahead of us.