About us and the boat

About us and the boat:

We were lucky enough to retire early at the start of 2013 so we could head off and "live the dream" on board our Nordhavn 47 Trawler Yacht. The idea is to see some of the planet, at a slow 6 - 7 knots pace. There are no fixed goals or timings, we just had a plan to visit Scotland and then probably the Baltic before heading south.

The Baltic has been postponed as we didn't manage to see everything we wanted to in Scotland during our first year owing to family issues. The idea is to visit the nicer areas in these latitudes before heading south for warmer weather. If we like somewhere, we will stay for a while. If not, we will just move on. So, for the people who love forward planning and targets, this might seem a little relaxed!

If anyone else is contemplating a trawler yacht life, maybe our experiences will be enough to make you think again, or maybe do it sooner then you intended!

The boat is called Rockland and she is built for long distance cruising and a comfortable life on board too. If you want to see more about trawler yachts and the Nordhavn 47 in particular, there is a link to the manufacturers website in our "useful stuff" section. For the technically minded, there is a little info and pictures of the boat and equipment in the same section


Richard and June

Monday, 4 February 2013

Patrick, the real Captain

We thought we should introduce you to the real boss on board this boat. Patrick the penguin was a 2012 Xmas present for the crew from her mum and he quickly became a favourite member of the team on board, winning lots of friends. He began by claiming the helm seat:

And then started helming the boat too:

His real role in life is supposed to be as a hot water bottle substitute but somehow when you put him into the microwave to heat him up, the sad little face just stops you from closing the door and hitting the start button:

He even got taken to June’s farewell dinner with her ex-workmates by Anne who threatened to penguin-nap him. Patrick enjoys fine dining as you can see:

So, should you see any references to Patrick in future, or pictures of him in strange places, at least you have been introduced properly.