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Old 28-08-2017, 16:04   #31
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Re: New Leopard 40: delivery in Cape Town

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One possibility could be to utilize a delivery skipper to get you across the Atlantic and then decide whether you are capable enough to continue on your own from there . Baia da Ilha Grande is definitely the safest cruising grounds we have sailed yet and you can almost daysail the entire Brazilian Coast as you go North .
I flew home from Fernando de Noronha after I had signed the Owner off for the certification that his insurance company wanted (Yachtmaster Offshore).
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Re: New Leopard 40: delivery in Cape Town

Hi B4A
Have you ended up purchasing the leopard at capetown? I wonder whether you want to share your experience.
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Re: New Leopard 40: delivery in Cape Town

Just a quick update.

They are at sea right now as we speak in the early stages of their crossing. It appears everything went according to plan and they enjoyed their South African experience thoroughly. They contracted a delivery skipper who helped them prepare their boat and he as well as his wife are going to complete the crossing with them to Baia da Ilha Grande,Brazil.
They will be stopping off in Luderitz, Namibia and St Helena Island on route to Brazil.

They are the nicest people and l wish them all the best on this wonderful adventure.
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Re: New Leopard 40: delivery in Cape Town

I purchased a Voyage 43 in Capetown, built near the Lagoon and launched at Royal Cape Yacht Club, just as the other Cape builders do.

RCYC is an excellent place to learn a new boat. We were at RCYC for three months, commissioning, adding lockers, installing washer/dryer, water maker and air conditioning. Also toured a South Africa, attended weekly wine angel jazz concerts and took Rovos Rail on a game tour.

Amazing experience.

Two more crew joined for the crossing. Not a difficult trip after 2 months of local sailing with pickup crew.

Easy to provision. Delivery skippers friended us and introduced us ti local suppliers who wrapped, labeled and flash froze 50 meals that we stacked in the freezer, lamb, turkey, chicken and lots of bread makings. We baked every other day.

The route took us be St Helena, 3 day stop, Ascension Island, crew got drunk and nearly wouldn’t leave, and several more stops about a week or so apart.

Last crew flew home from Barbados and we continued ti Trinidad for replacement of a failed inverter and blown spinnaker that came from a previous boat and was old at the start.

No real mechanical problems and only very minor crew tension.

Great way to buy a new boat.
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