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

Friday, 11 August 2017

Fame at last (or is that infamy?)

We got a rather unexpected plug for our blog ramblings recently. The Nordhavn folks in the USA added a link to this rubbish in their regular customer / prospect monthly mailing. It was also featured on the Nordhavn.com website - see below:

Blog of the month indeed. You can tell that it is the quiet season for news! Sadly, in the marketing email they used a picture of Zephyros, Andrew and Linda's 43:

We reckon that their marketing folks just browsed through the blog and grabbed an image. Shame they don't know the difference between a 47 and a 43! Luckily the sales team seem to have a better level of product knowledge. Still, it made Zephyros famous for 5 minutes too.

This marketing email was sent out when the Nordhavn collective noun conundrum was the current post. We reckon that most folks who "clicked through" now realise just how demented we are. Busted! Sorry to all the foreign folks who were confronted with rather tongue in cheek English cynical humour. However, Norman, the winner of the creative contest, is waiting for the job offers to come flooding in. He is getting an agent and awaits your contact.

In case the Nordhavn USA marketing team are interested, their email and the link from the Nordhavn.com website generated 230 blog hits and the associated page reads in a week. The most popular post is the disjointed rambling on fuel consumption in the "useful stuff" section. Anyone would think that fuel costs were an issue for the 1 mile per gallon planing boat owners.......

Finally, an update on the Nordhavn collective noun challenge. We had a suggestion from "Anonymous" who added a comment to the blog as follows:

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

Clever... Graham, an ex boat owner who had a twin petrol engined flying machine that is a world away from the ocean crossing beasts had a good idea too:

A plod -  They are big, grey and a bit like a pod (of whales) but slower......

Any more ideas?

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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.....