my job in Australia
a few years back and had to sell my boat
. I'm now retired, living in Israel
, and finally rejoined the ranks. I've bought a lovely Colvic Watson 23'9" motorsailer
. She's currently on the River Hamble, Hampshire, UK. When warm weather
returns next year, I'm going to return to England
for a few weeks' familiarization sailing with the previous owner. Then I'm going to cross the English Channel
, transit the French canals, and coastal hop along the north shore of the Mediterranean
. I'm planning to base the boat
, at least for the first few years, as there's not much cruising along the Israeli coast and it's a quick flight from Tel Aviv to Athens.
My citizenship is US and Israeli, but I'm not going to cruise
full-time, just maybe three times a year for a couple-three weeks each time, so I don't think I'll have Shengen issues. The boat is UK-registered and plan to keep that. I have to find out if the VAT has been paid, but then if Brexit goes through I don't know what the ramifications will be on the boat staying in Greece.
The boat's in great nick; she needs an electric windlass
, a composting head
and an AIS
receiver, but she's otherwise ready to go with excellent sails
, and a fairly-new engine!
Glad to be back in this forum as a boat owner!