I know it's still early for making the coming summer's cruising plans,
but the early bird catches the worm...
To Southern New England Monohull
Next summer I am interested in a boat swap. Boat for boat, no monetary compensation.
My boat, Skylark is a 1973 Pearson
nr. 58. and is located in a berth at Compagnieshaven, (awarded four gold anchors) a very nice marina on the IJsselmeer in The Netherlands
The marina is extremely well run with helpful and friendly English-speaking harbormasters and conveniently located one hour by train from Schipol Airport
. The marina is located in the picturesque village of
Enkhuizen, which was one of the original Dutch East Indies harbors dating back to the early 1600s. Dutch people normally can speak English
The IJsselmeer provides a freshwater, lake-like sailing experience. There are several other ports
on the Ijsselmeer that are all reachable in a day. The Dutch Friesen Islands, Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling are all within a day's sail. Denmark
, the Baltic
sea, the south coast of England
, the coast of Normandy and Brittany are all within a 2-3 days sail. One could reach the east coast
in 3-4 days, go through the Caledonian Canal to the Inner Hebrides to explore the wonderful cruising grounds there.
The period I can offer Skylark is during my sons' summer holidays, July 20th thru September 1st.
I bought her after a survey
in 2007 and as she had a Yanmar
3GM30F with 100 hours on it, it was the best example of this yacht on the market at that time. I put her through a full refit
, the only original parts
are the bow and stern rails, hull
, boom and mast
. A complete suite of Raymarine equipment
, C120, radar
, etc., was installed, the standing rigging
was replaced, all the electric cables
were replaced, new self-tailing winches, windlass
and anchor rode
with a 45 lb. Manson Supreme anchor
, new mainsail
and a good #2 genoa
on the Schaefer furler
, new three burner gimbaled oven
and a Dometic 110 liter refrigerator
. Skylark also has Superwind 350 wind generator
, a Givens DeLuxe 6 man offshore liferaft
, a Jordan Series Drogue
and completely new cushions
and curtains. A 2009 3 meter Avon
Rover with a 2012 Yamaha 6hp is also available.
I have created a .pdf manual for all the extra equipment
, switches and general operating instructions, not a how-to-sail manual
In all, Skylark is a well-found, well-kept example of a safe, sturdy, yet fast sailor. Since 2009, she has one transAtlantic, a 1000 nm cruise
to The Channel Islands, a 1500 nm cruise
to the Inner Hebrides and a loop around the North Sea to Helgoland and back.
I can send photos of Skylark's interior
. The hull's paint
has many paint
scratches from the steep learning
curves she met in the Dutch locks and topped off by the double transit of the Caledonian Canal this June/July. I may have her painted by next summer. She got a new GelShield/Micron bottom in 2012.
I just want to get back to East Hampton, NY and the marina where I was keeping my P26 for 30 years. The P26 is still there, but needs a total overhaul
before my wife would sleep on it. The swapee's boat doesn't have to be in pristine condition, but odor
free and clean enough to keep my wife from complaining. We just would like to hang out in Three Mile Harbor for 2-6 weeks, do a little light sailing around Gardiner's Bay and visit with my friends in the area. I have access to a mooring
in Three Mile Harbor.
I could also provide a very well maintained 1966 Volvo
station wagon for use during this period of exchange.
Sounds like a great deal to me, one only needs to come up with plane fare and operating costs and get a great tour of northern European waters.
Please respond thru the forum.