"Imagination 1" Pictures are limited at the moment but they will come once we take delivery in a couple of weeks. After a haul out and bottom scrub it was time for our three surveyors to push, pull, twist and prod every nook and crany after which they would deem her a good boat and gave her a tick of approval.
A JARKAN EUROPA 10, she is 9.9 m long, 3.2m wide and weighing in at 4000kg. Designed and built by Kanga Birtles of Jarkan Yachts NSW. There aren't too many of this design around, apparently only 30 ever got built. There was a bushfire around the factory and the moulds got burnt. It was decided to build moulds for a larger version and discontinue the Jarkan 10. You can read more of Jarkan here .
"Imagination 1" has been well looked after by its last owner for the past 8 years sailing throughout Western Australia and Indonesia.
In "The Search For A Boat" there are three determining factors in my case. The budget, singlehanded sailing and the budget.
I know of people who have searched for months and even years before deciding and commiting to the vessel they now have. It's not an easy task. On an adventure such as this the boat becomes your home, it needs to be big enough to be safe, while fitting in with a sustainable budget and manageable with your own level of skill and competence. If I go for a boat beyond my capability thinking I will grow into it, I fear that there will be a tendancy to never be ready to slip the dock lines.
I'm looking for something between 30' and 40', set up for cruising, able to handle an ocean passage and not requiring a major refit before we get started. Given my modest budget, I know there will be work to do but I haven't come across anything on a boat I wasn't capable of stripping, overhauling and recommissioning. You can list out all your wants, break them into needs and likes and go from there. Does your choice really exist? Unlikely, so there will be some level of compromise.
It's the first day of spring here in Australia so I thought what a great day to kick off my sailing adventure blog. There has been a bit happening in the background for the last 3 months in search of our new adventure partner a sailing vessel.
A long process, that sits somewhere between buying a car and buying a house. Essentially on a long adventure the boat is going to become your home, all be it a "tiny house" maybe a little bigger than a motor home, always suffering from condensation and never sits still.
Like a car they have no resale value and for the sake of a $2 clamp they can sink in many fathoms of water, never to be recovered. But what's life without adventure, exploration and stepping outside of your comfort zone.