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As I arrive to my boat for my morning sail, I look at the spot where my boat used to be.

In its place there is a 1984 Benetau 43, from the time Benetau made boats to last and to ram whales....

Anyway..for a few days now I got used to seeing that old beat up boat, full of stuff, with the "wear" the real deal has...no fancy gear, no fancy stuff...the gear and stuff on deck is burnt by the sun and used by the seas...a rusty bycicle, a worn out preventer, a harness, man its a sight to see....

Inside, this very humble man, old in his looks, wrinkled skin..a strong accent...

What boat is that?? How are you?? going out again??? he asks every morning

After a few outings I finnally invite him inside my boat..we exchanged names...he needed a new gas bottle, no one helped him, so I took him in my car and we both drove around to get him gas...he can now cook...:) :)

His name is Alois Peyr, he is Australian, born in Check Republic...sold everything and is traveling around the World, alone in his boat named MARIA SORG MUTINEER (he bought her in the US a while ago)...took him 61 days from Ocean City in the US to Lisbon...because, as he said, on his way to Hamburg, Germany to meet some friends...the Portuguese trades kept blowing him south...so why not visit Lisbon??? He asked...he is not in a hurry...he just goes as he pleases...

He is my neighbour now, till end of March, because we recommended him to cross the Biscay later...and because he needs some repairs...

This man is crossing oceans, going round the world alone, with no internet, no fuss, no web sites, no look at me's...no give me money for my dream...nothing...he's going, just for the heck of it...he is going because the sea calls him, not a fancy editor or the feeding of inflated egos in search of confirmation of un-eventfull lifes....

This is the real deal guys...the real genuine record breaker, the real "crosser"...not the advertised web page ones....I respect and help this guy...with all I can...we grew fond of him...he wanders around the marina, so we became friends.

I gave him a bottle of Portuguese wine...he gave me and Australian bottle...I saw Fred and Luis and was happy to see kids in a boat...

Here is the Australian wine...TD recognize this??



He gave me the only photo he has of him....(sorry the scanner doesn't work with my new Windows "****a"...so I took a photo of the photo.)



I gave him one (the only one in paper I had) of my boat...tomorrow or after...I'm gonna give him a ride..why you ask??

Because in the process of showing a few routes around here he saw the last column in my GPS...he said he would like to do that...

And I am gonna give it to him...



So by doing this post I am putting his name forever in black and white...someone has to do it...
 

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That is the "Real Deal"
 

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Alex,
I have a similar story. When I was hunting for my boat I went aboard a live aboard in Annapolis, some Tiawanese 41 something or other. The owner was an old fart like me. The thing that immediately struck me was that all the gear was really really no nonsense stuff. None of it was shiney. The next thing that struck me was how used it all looked, not in a bad way, just used. We went down below and it was the same. He started showing me some of the modifications and repairs he had done himself and they were impressive! I'm thinking this guy must have come all the way from Florida! So we hit it off and had a few beers and when I ask him where he just came from he mentions the Pacific, by himself. Quite humbling I might say. It just amazes me who's out there doing it while most of us just talk.
Alex, I wanted to buy that guy's boat on the spot but the "Captain" wanted something "fresher" looking. I wonder a lot where he is now.
 

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Looks like he's following his dream, can't say I'm envious though.

BTW Giu - that wine is considered very low end in the US, less than 10.00/bottle and comparable to Yellowtail.
 

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Brought tears to my eyes.

Not that he's doing it, my turn will come.

That he's doing it alone. Just not for me.
 

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BTW Giu - that wine is considered very low end in the US, less than 10.00/bottle and comparable to Yellowtail.
:D :D :D

Soooo...I gave him a high end bottle of vinho branco, and he gives me some low end Australina wine, huh???

Guess tomorrow I might just scare the sh**t outta him then:D :D :D :D :D :D
 

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Giu - when you meet this gentleman again, please give him a good hand shake on behalf of all the people here on Sailnet.

As for the wine, it's a decent table wine although who knows what it will be like after bouncing around his boat.

BTW - you said he is in your old spot. Is the boat from hell still beside him or did I miss an episode?
 

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Giu - when you meet this gentleman again, please give him a good hand shake on behalf of all the people here on Sailnet.

As for the wine, it's a decent table wine although who knows what it will be like after bouncing around his boat.

BTW - you said he is in your old spot. Is the boat from hell still beside him or did I miss an episode?
Alex,

I second that.
 

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my hat's off to the old guy. He is what makes a true man. Not afraid to be by himself. just content in the world and what it has to offer. God bless him.
 

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I dont know

Looks like hes trying to drum up sponsorship with that sign...Mighty crafty and sly thoes OZ is....Probably has a pocket PC you failed to notice...as mentioned he's already one up on ya Alex...;)

Whats the update on crazy kid..? Your old neighbor....:)
 

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A huge change from Ms. Flicka; Mr. Tin Can and his hero Mr. Barnes; and Mr. 1000 Days. :) I wish him the best of luck... and try to be nice to him Gui.
 

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Alex: Thanks for a most refreshing post. I've always decried the folks who beat their chest and say "LOOK AT ME". Sounds like you met a REAL person who is just going about his business in a quiet sort of way. And is probably FAR more interesting than the publicity seekers.

Same reason I like talking to real people and finding out their (mostly) interesting stories as opposed to reading some celebrity's autobiography.

Keep us posted!

Best, David
 

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If the wine is in good condotion you will like it it should have a soft fruttie flavour with a hint of wild berries ansd a slight spritz on the toung. I hve just finished a botle of the finest Californian drop, Novella of 2002 vintage a Merlot from the Paso Robles estat, the cork was crusty but I drunk it anyway.
Enjoy yours as the thought that counts.
 

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I'm more than a little envious of you, who live near places where you can meet guys like the solo Aussie, good on ya...... but for those of us who are land locked, Heather, the "Flicka Girl":rolleyes: represents the only contact we have with folks who have moved beyond the talking or dreaming stage. She shared her adventure (or misadventure) with everyone at no cost. I'm dissappointed for her but thankful and i learned alot at her expence. I would enjoy the Aussies trip tremendously if he could share it with us. Would that make him a sellout or a "look at me attention grabber"?

P.S. If a solo sailor honored me with a bottle of wine he had brought across an ocean, it would be considered the finest in my collection and saved for an extra special occassion, but thats just me.......
 

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Well I for one

am just happy as a tick on a dog that he's on a 43' boat...Im so tired of the only tiny boats work thing....:D:D:D ...Yep true minimalist here in my book...
 

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Rainin'...tell me about it. We're in control...we're faster so we can avoid whether and reduce the chances of bad weather...were more stable...we're more comfortable...we're more like home...we ain't like camping...and we can go futher on fuel and water and provisions.
If $$ ain't a problem....bigger is better!!
 
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