Sailing Yacht Coco

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So are we living the dream?  That’s a good question to ask right now, 6,750 nautical miles (12,500 kilometers) and 2 ½ months into the trip.  The last sector of this leg has been long; we joined the ARC Rally across the Atlantic (more below on that) and I’m a bit tired after 18 days and 3000 nautical miles at sea.  It seems a lifetime ago we made the decision to buy… Read More

Or 4600km for the landlubbers amongst us! Anyway, it’s a long way and yes its really happening.  This first part of the journey has been a bit rushed.  We’ve been heading south as quickly as we can to miss the start of the winter weather in the north.  With some success…  So we are looking forward to the next leg that will take us down to the Canary Islands and then across… Read More

Well, we made it. After almost a year of planning we are currently sailing the Baltic Sea down the coast of Sweden.  To kick off the sailing stories I’ll cover the first part of our journey south, and for anyone contemplating a project like this, I thought I’d also share some thoughts about the process of getting a yacht in the water and ready for an ocean voyage. Building a yacht I’ll… Read More

Swan 54 Yachting Bluewater Cruiser

Crickey, it starts to get real when the drawings turn up!  The hull construction for Coco, our beautiful Swan 54 is about to start.  I’m pretty stoked that we got to this point, especially after being out sailing last week in a chartered 32 foot Bavaria; we had a 30 – 35 knot easterly with 2 – 3 metres of swell.  I was somewhat concerned that my crew (read wife) was going… Read More