It has been four years since I lost
Dagny. Since then I have been living in France
, now in Antibes, right on the coast. Once more I would like to thank you all for your support. It took me a long time to let go. For years I couldn't even watch sailing videos on YouTube... The dream never left me. Being near the sea for a year now, I couldn't help but seeing boats... It was time to try again. So I started looking at used sailboats. Few matched my set of requirements, full keel
, solid, inboard diesel
and double-ender if possible. My choices were also limited by the cost of renting
a slip here on the French Riviera... Last month I went to Spain
to inspect a Swedish boat
, Havsfidra 20 built by Fiskatra. It is actually a 21 footer, well built and in good shape. It was it, if that makes sense. Smaller than Dagny which was 26ft OAL, though the interior
seems in a way bigger, probably due to the cabin
. Dagny had a flush deck
In two years it will be paid off and I will be actively preparing to leave again. I can't not give it another shot. In the meantime, I need to sail it back from somewhere North of Valencia to Antibes, which in itself will be an adventure, albeit semi-coastal sailing. I will start a new YouTube channel then.
For those who like details, the boat
came with two mains, two jibs and a spi. There is a removable auto-pilot but no wind-vane. It has a GPS
and depth sounder
. The engine
is a Volvo Penta
For me (6'2") it might be a bit small, but I will mostly sail alone and again, the interior
did not feel cramped. It does need a bit of work
of course, but mostly aesthetic, plus solar
power, wind-vane, HF radio
receiver and paint/varnish. I am starting from zero again.
Stay tuned for more!