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      Hi folks.
      Well, we have done it! Late last year I sold off my workshop. The house has sold and the most of the furniture has been bagged by the kids. All the crap we have a accumulated in the last 20 years here has been car-booted. I have stopped taking on consultancy work and Cid has put in her notice. We are both retiring!!!

      Mid may we are starting the next chapter and challenge!

      So we are fitting out Impavidus for long range cruising, kitting her out and making some improvements.

      We have electronic charts but are looking for second hand paper charts post 2015, from Jersey to the Eastern Med.
      We are also looking for recommendations for acorages, marinas and stop of points in the same areas.

      If you have charts, books or almanacs that are reasonably recent we are in the market 🙂

      If you can recommend acorages, marinas and stop of points, or just anecdotal info please post them.

      Oh, nearly forgot, we are getting an aluminium hulled rib in the 2.8m region, looking at the Ribeye, Zal and AB range. Any pointers? We are going for the Honda 6Hp 4 stroke. Fitting davits, down wind sail, (looking for good second hand) aft winches, MPPT charge controller, AIS transmitter and much more, so if you have any recommendations, let us know.

      FYI we are going to document our travels so our friends and family know what we are up to. We have started a youtube channel and are developing our skills. The practical stuff will be in the upcoming vids. (check it out here; https://youtu.be/dVWHSlyCPNE) Or just go to you tube and search for SV Impavidus.

      We will remain BOA members and contribute actively, be it remotely via the wonderweb.

      Best regards.

      Ant & Cid


        Came up from Gib at this time of year in 2015.
        First stop was Lagos and then round the cape and up to Povoa De Vazim.
        Only scare in early morning light was a large tuna farm.
        From there we headed up to Bayonna and then to Villa Garcia.
        The old town in each case well worth visiting for markets and restaurants.
        Across Biscay to Camaret and then to L’Aberwach where we picked up a bouy for the night.
        On up to St Peterport arriving at 1 am and took the tide to Cherbourg and then home to Portsmouth.
        Nearly came a cropper cross channel in between the shipping lanes.
        Just settled for a bit of lunch in the sunshine when the skipper spotted a fishing pot with the longest pick up line I’ve ever seen streaming across our track. ( did wonder what might be on the end of it ! )
        The food markets were excellent for repleneshing stores .
        Cape St Vincent a bit lively, Biscay a gentle swell, and Chanel du Four was kind to us.
        The Rias in northwest Spain are magical on your way down and well worth a stop.
        coming north it got cold at night but southern Portugal was shorts a teeshirts.
        We had a crew of three doing three hour watches at night and four hours during the day, so we rotated round the clock. Longest leg was three and a half days but we were on a deadline, ( which we missed ), although our passge planning was totally weather dependant.
        Hope this helps and you have a great trip

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