The Grand Arrival (of the boat)!

Following on from my last post....

The boat arrives direct from France

The boat arrives direct from France

Over the next few months our friendship grew as I slowly managed to worm my way in. If there’s one thing I knew how to do it was to make something happen - big picture and small detail. The deal was I project manage getting the boat and crew ready and deal with all the logistics, and meanwhile I get to learn to sail.

Of course by now there was no way that learning to sail was ever going to be enough for me but I bided my time meanwhile wondering when I break the news I could neither sail nor cook and I get chronically motion sick. 

Matt imports yachts to Aussie. The boat he had shown me on his phone that night was a show boat. When his boat arrived it didn’t look anything like the glamour marketing pictures I had seen - it was a shell and even the basic bits had to be put together.

You could say the boat was like an empty house - we had the walls (hull) and a roof (rig) and the basic furniture (fit out inside) which was reasonably plush , but, we had no generator, no water maker, no communications and safety equipment - not even things as basic as the liferaft. But we had a boat, and a departure date (July 2018). Now we had to turn it from a show boat into a practical cruising boat and we had only a year to be ready.

Landing in water for the first time

Landing in water for the first time

I had all I needed to set up a project plan - an end date or ‘go-live' date. I had to break down everything we had to do and have to be ready into full detail. I also had to work out costs from this. It may not sound like much but we had thousands of entries (which meant thousands of jobs to do) in no time flat!

This may sound over the top but it wasn’t - not if we were going to be ready to go and have a healthy boat fit to travel and not cause us grief all the way. There was the rig - ensuring suitability, the fitout of generator and water maker, the sails needed, safety equipment like a life raft and grab bag, communications equipment - satellite phone VHF and HF radios, heavy duty disease killer water filters to find, logistics to sort out for the route, and a myriad of other things to buy or do. Apart from that, we had a boat with a lot of gadgetry - not least the engine - and that meant a lot of learning to get any idea of the underlying machinations of any of it. 

Not forgetting I still didn’t know the difference between a halyard and a sheet and still couldn’t cook to save myself - and Matt would soon know I got ‘a bit’ seasick.

Time to get busy………….