Oui, Oui, La Rochelle

  Time was running out. The skipper originally allowed 8 days to move Kyra the 200 miles from Southern Brittany to La Rochelle. Six days had now passed and there was still almost 100 miles to run. The continual, almost gale force winds were the problem, whipping up 1.5 metre waves, which combined with the…… Continue reading Oui, Oui, La Rochelle

Happy Hungarians Help Prepare Kyra

With the start of the season fast approaching, and Kyra’s launch scheduled for 26th March, it was imperative that certain tasks were completed quickly. The skipper takes pride in preparing the boat at the beginning of each season, so that the owners and guests get maximum enjoyment from her. However, time and distance were working…… Continue reading Happy Hungarians Help Prepare Kyra

A smooth bottom brings maximum enjoyment (& other benefits).

Kyra is getting on a little now, but I am pleased to say she still has a very firm bottom. Having said that, like all ladies, it is important to pay attention to the detail  in order to maintain a strong overall impression. It was for this reason that we decided to have some work…… Continue reading A smooth bottom brings maximum enjoyment (& other benefits).

Floating friendships

There is nothing like boating, particularly on the sea, for creating friendships and bonds. It is not uncommon for two people that share a passion or a past time to become friends. However, those that cruise on the sea, whether it is under sail or power, create friendships and often strong bonds with fellow sailors.…… Continue reading Floating friendships

More marinas….

The ‘Best Marina’ conversation is a matter of opinion. Some of you have contacted Kyra to say ‘what about this marina?’ or ‘That marina?’. The skipper is aware that he has not mentioned many worthy destinations, such as Veere in Holland, or the Helford River in the UK . We welcome recommendations, as it is lovely…… Continue reading More marinas….

Best marinas

As a skipper of a motorboat that has cruised relatively extensively,  one is often asked ‘which is the best marina’ or ‘your favourite spot’. The skipper’s experience includes the east and south coasts of the UK, from Port Edgar near Edinburgh with its majestic view of the Forth rail bridge, around to Falmouth, the deepest…… Continue reading Best marinas

Up, Up and Out.

The skipper returned to Kyra at Port La Foret, on Monday 18th December, having taken the overnight crossing to St Malo. The lift out was arranged for 2pm  that afternoon. It was a relief to see Charlie from PLF MARINE was on station and organising matters with the crane driver. Fortunately it was a calm…… Continue reading Up, Up and Out.

Around to Port La Foret

After a night in Benodet (a place Kyra will definitely visit again), lines were slipped at 10am for the short trip around to Port La Foret, which is due to be Kyra’s winter home. The sun shone and the sea was glassy smooth, the feeble breeze not even rippling the surface. There was a lovely…… Continue reading Around to Port La Foret

Less is More Tender

You may remember that it was decided that the Williams Jet Tender should be exchanged for a newer, slower, more manageable craft. Because of this, the skipper visited the London Boat Show at Excel , early in January. The aim was do some research into likely replacement vessels. Kyra, the much loved Trader 575, needs…… Continue reading Less is More Tender