We have a lot of people asking: Where will you go first? Where will you be in [insert month here]? Can I come to Bora Bora? So here is a very high-level, very preliminary plan for 2024. Please note this is subject to change due to weather, whim, Kate's visa (Sean has Irish- and thus EU citizenship), boat maintenance and any other multitude of reasons. But here goes... March 2024 Chinook is scheduled for delivery on 11 March 2024. We have a week of training and we plan to spend the remainder of the month based in Cherbourg, doing small sails around the area. If we feel adventurous and have the weather window, this may include The Channel Islands. April - June 2024 A circumnavigation of The UK and Ireland. At this stage we are not even sure which direction it will be. We want to spend a few months learning the systems and testing the boat while we are still relatively close to the factory. It also gets Kate out of the Schengen Zone for visa purposes! Mid-July 2024 Back to
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When we rocked up to the Garcia office for our Monday morning meeting, we couldn't help but notice that a mast-less Exploration 45 was parked outside the shed door where we had previously seen our hull parked. Could this be o-u-r boat? Nice boat. Could it be ours??? Marie, our project manager, confirmed that it was our boat! Although we had come to the yard to put the Boat Show goodies that we had acquired into Garcia-provided storage, we were meeting with Christophe, the after-sales guy to go over spare parts and after-delivery emergency equipment that we were putting on our order. We would not be getting a look ON BOARD this marvellous aluminium creature. We would just be admiring through the meeting room window. Our boat tour was tomorrow. The next day, we had mistakenly thought that the meeting was at 11 am, rather than the scheduled 10 am. at 10:15 we received a text message from a puzzled Marie. "Are you coming for the meeting? Don't you want to
We have the enormous privilege to be aboard Emma, moored on the seawall just outside La Grande' Port (the Great Gate) in Saint-Malo, Brittany. Not only are we able to explore this gorgeous city with its ramparts and beaches, but we are also able to poke around Emma and learn about the workings and workmanship of a Garcia. A very big thanks to Rebecca and Mark! The Good Ship Emma Although Emma is a 52' and Chinook is a 45', the fundamental design philosophy is the same and there is plenty of overlap. There are some lovely features that make living aboard a pleasure. The soft-close drawers, dimmable lights with switches exactly where you want them and locker lids lined up perfectly with the cushions so when you lift the cushion, the locker opens - one cushion, one locker. Bliss! Also, there is an incredible amount of storage. Granted, this is a far larger boat than ours but there are some very clever uses of space which Chinook will have also. One of the cold storage area