Going Southerly 115
One of the services offered through Change of Tack is the delightful ‘task’ of helping clients find their ideal next boat. During the winter of 2017/2018, there has been a search for a suitable lifting keel sailing boat that was more than capable of dealing with European waters – particularly as the final choice will be expected to operate out of the River Camel on the north Cornish Coast.
After considering a number of likely boats, my client (Stephen) phoned with the exciting news that a Southerly 115 was for sale – in the Algarve at Vilamoura. It was quickly agreed that we should fly down to view the boat personally and then make a decision on her suitability.
So an early start on a bitterly cold winter’s day in February at Bristol Airport led to a much warmer experience in the Algarve.
The flight gave a wonderful view of the Algarve coastline – above image showing the entrance to the Ria Formosa near Cabo De Santa Maria as we made our final approach to Faro.
We were met at the airport by the very helpful owners of the Southerly ‘Osira’ and driven to view her straight away. Osira was stored ashore and we had a good opportunity to view her in detail.
The initial viewing was very favourable, and an understanding of what work would be needed to get Osira back in the water was quickly ascertained. She is a credit to the owner who has looked after her very well and a good ‘sound’ boat.
After discussing the merits of Osira it was agreed that a full marine survey should be undertaken to confirm what we thought from our viewing. Will Copeland from Cornwall was commissioned to undertake the survey and flew down to Portugal in early March, presenting his findings back in Cornwall to us shortly afterwards.
The survey was favourable and the purchase agreed. The existing owners have remained incredibly helpful (I only wish more were like them) with arranging for a schedule of works to be undertaken in Vilamoura. In the meantime, we have collected together a consignment of equipment and spares that we want onboard for the delivery back to Cornwall. That has been put on a pallet and shipped to the Algarve.
Next steps are to fly down on the 2nd of June and begin the delivery back to Cornwall. I’m currently working on the passage plans for the voyage back to Cornwall. New charts – both paper and electronic – for the entire passage along with the most up-to-date pilotage books for the coastlines we will pass have been purchased.
Some new posts will follow describing the passage plan in more detail, plus an account of the voyage back, which should be complete by the middle of June 2018. Exciting times!