A very close friend of mine is one of the leading yachtdesigners in the world, he is the owner of the dutch designerburo Vripack. Asking him which material is the best he once told me that it is all the same and more likely to be a personal matter. Steel
(rust), GRP (osmsosis), wood (rot) and Aluminum
we have found is quite easy. Yes, it needs some painting and yes, we varnish
. But it does not rot
(birma teak) and generally we work about 2 straight weeks a year on the Alondra to keep her up. And leakage, we do have to cork the deck
once a year but then she is pretty dry. Look, she is from 1965 and in a very good shape and still around doing her third circumnavigation
. So what can I say?
Bying her at a price
another (new )yacht of this size would cost 2 or 3 times what we bought her for she is all worth it. And yes, for that we bought, and everybody will keep on telling us that every harbour we pull in, the most beautiful yacht I could ever imagine. And we are still in love.
And now.... despite all that... she is for sale
. After having her five years we just want another yacht one time, nothing better, nothing bigger, nothing more fancy, we will not get a nicer looking one, no. Just something different for a change.