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

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Nordhavn collective noun conundrum

A little while ago, we asked you for your views on a collective noun for Nordhavns when we were joined by Zephyros and saw another one in Falmouth. Our suggestion was a pretty feeble effort really- we proposed a "Pride, a Greyness or a lot of Fibreglass". then we foolishly asked you to contribute.

Andrew, aka Crocodile Dundee, from Zephyros offered a "Nortilla". Links nicely to Tortilla (chips) - salty, tasty, maybe a winner?

An early entry was from Bob, the trolley shopper man. He came up with a "rash". You can tell that he is a yottie who likes flappy white things not chunky John Deere engines.

Ken, the Norn Iron man whom we upset with Nordhavn 43 pictures, suggested a "shoal" or a "cloud" and then added "a creche" which is very apt considering the baby invasion that Zephyros is about to have.

Then came Norman the motorhome / Bobil expert. He was truly on fire; aided by what must have been several bottles of Shiraz he offered multiple ideas with the reasoning too. Here we go pasting in his masterpieces as sent:

  • A Trundle - as that's what they seem to do (unless parked up in Cardiff)
  • A HMITLW? - (How Much Is That Lot Worth?) speaks for itself really 
  • A Dieselgate - how much of the precious stuff has been burnt in getting you lot all together?
  • A Nod - seems like what they do in anything other than a millpond
  • A haggle - a bit like a gaggle but think of the discounts negotiated
  • A clusterf**k - no reason really but I like the word
  • A Clusterf**kwit - As in look at those f**kwits clustered in their Nordhavns 
  • A bugger - as in 'I'm buggered if I'm polishing that lot of fibreglass '
  • A Casablanca (or a Bogart) - paraphrasing 'of all the oceans in all the world you had to park next to me'
  • A Distillery- so many gin palaces, so little tonic
  • A fecking - as in 'look at that lot of fecking Nordhavns (because we are in the Republic of Ireland and that is the second favourite word after "Guinness" here)
  • An anchor - look at all those anchors (note the silent 'W') in their fecking Nordhavns
  • An omnibus - you don't see one for ages then this lot pitch up

Wow, how to choose? Any that you particularly like or any last minute additions? 

We asked the father of many tons of the Nordhavns that are currently floating around Europe, Philip Roach from the Hamble office.  He had no official suggestion.   

Based on that, we reckon that Norman is the winner, for both quantity, humour and quality. Which one is best? Well, that is such a personal thing and probably linked to how you see these hunks of glassfibre and their owners, So, pick your own. The mystery prize will be delivered to Norman when we are able. It might involve Shiraz.


  1. What about "A Party of Nordhavns" or even "A Lot of Nordhavns"But you could always have "A Havn of Nordies"

  2. Clever! Like the Havn idea. (Even though autocorrect always wants to make it a haven)


Thanks for your ideas / cheek / corrections / whatever! They should hit the blog shortly after the system checks them to make sure they will not put us or you in jail.....