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Practice, practice, practice.

Spent the the 24th waiting for a toilet roll holder, yes, a toilet roll holder, and practicing ‘parking’. This a real team effort with Valeria running around the deck with ropes and fenders while I try not to crash into the pontoons before she’s secured a line.

Manoeuvering a catamaran, with the rudder ahead of the propellor is like nothing I’ve ever driven before, and I have knocked about in a variety of power boats.

So today, Thursday I think, we had one of the Lagoon Staff give me some one to one tuition on Close Quarters Boat Handling.  The only daft question is the one you don’t ask!

That was a lunch time. After lunch we went out for a sail, well the wind was so light it was more like ‘drifting with style’.  She is very easy to handle with everything in reach of the helm. The auto pilot is a novelty but with the sails up, Otto on the helm and Valeria supervising him I had time to check the Water Maker …… And, yes, turning on the taps worked. Ran for an hour and made 1/4 tank of water. Even tastes like water!!!!

Tomorrow will be our shake down cruise, Lês Sable to La Rochelle.

Sables d'OlonneSables d’OlonnePort OlonaThe Marina in Port Olona



The Case of the Missing Water Maker

Spent this morning waiting around for snagging to be done, went shopping for supplies, and then took the boat out for a test drive. Basically need to get to know the systems and teach Valeria how to steer, so as we motored up and down the coast just outside Sables with Valeria at the helm I ran up the generator and tried to get the Water Maker to work but it was having none of it; a job for later.

Back alongside for dinner and  some passage planning. Can’t get into St Giles Croix de Vie at a reasonoble time due to the tide so will try Port Joinville on Ile de Yeu.  Don’t answer their phone though.


“The Captain” says thanks for the wine and the hat guys and girls at TDJ.



I didn’t get to keep the hat though, only one Captain here !!!!

Spent the last couple of hours of the day searching for the Water Maker; it is not where the User Manual put it, or any of the valves and filters. Finally found it in one of the engine spaces, and sure enough the sea water inlet was shut.  The little tap in the bottom left ……

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Will give it a go tomorrow, bet you can’t wait.

Took delivery in Sables d’Olonne

Friday 16th June 2015 we took delivery of our new home, the Sailing Vessel WINDEPENDENT in Sables d’Olonne, France.

DSC_0411Windependent alongside the delivery berth.


Having seen a Youtube clip of someone beating a champagne bottle on their anchor, I opted for the ‘wetting the baby’s head’ method!


Valeria and Ermida toasting Windependent, ‘God bless all who sail in her’.