Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Calgary Alberta
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We're back from our trip to inspect the Shearwater I wrote about. Yes it is indeed Ithaka, made famous by Bernadette and Doug Bernon.
she is in great condition and fitted out such that we could really just step aboard, buy food and take off around the world if we wanted. There are backups for the backups. Every possible thing that needs to be done to a boat has been done. We have only ONE regret. the V-berth is smaller than that of our Dufour 36. Such are the compromises of boats. The saloon is very spacious and liveable, the galley is great and the nav station is fantastic.
I'm pinching myself for such luck. She has everything I've ever read and thought an offshore boat should have. Also, being from Cape Town, the boat carries significant sentimental value for us. It brings back memories of Table mountain and Table Bay, the Southeaster, Constantia, Llundudno beach, Clifton....I better stop, I'm getting all emotional. Maybe we'll sail Ithaka back to Cape Town one day!!! What a homecoming that will be.
Now we just have to get all the finance detail, insurance and documentation issues sorted out. Hopefully that will go smoothly.