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Great night out in Cartagena

About twenty of us met up last night at eight in the evening and headed into town for Tapas , wine and beer a late night back to the boat but many new friends were made thatís the beauty of this cruising life.

I woke early this morning for my morning exercise walking up the hill to the castle overlooking the town back down the other side to pick up my bread then back up to the castle and back to the boat makes the heart pump! Thursday 1st February 2018 turned out bright sunny and very warm good walk around town looking for a new mixer tap unsuccessfully! But we found the military hardware museum full of guns and tanks which was very good and then we found some nice gardens where the Roman temple used to be and sat in the sun at the bar drinking G&T with a great view over the town and throwing a stone for a Spanish water dog just bliss. Back to the boat for siesta !

First Job of the Year Lagoon 380

Mid April our season begins with the Delivery of a Lagoon 380 from Gibraltar to Corfu we have delivered this boat before back from the Caribbean to the uk, we love our returning customers they are our best advert and we look forward to many years staying in touch, itís amazing to see all the boats I have delivered in so many different ports all over the place and we enjoy meeting up again and exchanging news and stories of our travels as well as just talking boats sails-and equipment our Passion ! Quotes are starting to pour in now so itís all looking like another busy year .

The new year

Well we have been having a well earned break after the Christmas and new year festivities I was due to fly to Sydney on Boxing Day but flu brought me down and I stayed in Bed ! However in January we flew down to our own boat Mercator in Vila Real on the Algarve and we left to cruise to Torrevieja to have a quote for a new engine Mercators ageing Volvo 2003T after 5000 hours service was in need of being retired.

We stopped in Cádiz and had a great couple of days exploring the narrow streets and towers, beaches and gardens as well as a couple of Tapas bars in which we spent a very wet afternoon sipping some excellent wine, we then moved Mercator to La Linea near Gibraltar before heading east on westerly winds to Torrevieja for our quote which came in surprisingly well so we did the deal and await the arrival of the new engine, in the meantime we decided to head to Cartagena for the next ten days as the weather became a bit unsettled, we had had glorious sunshine and calm weather and enjoyed some great sunbathing, in January !
We made some new friends in Cartagena Karen and Julian on Tatsu another HR 352 the same as Mercator and doing the same route to the Caribbean later in the Year and we met up with Brendan on his Lagoon 42 Crean which I had delivered to Southampton boatshow a couple of years ago, Brendan is taking on the Blue water Rally later this year so we will be meeting them again too.

New Lagoon 560 delivered from the yard in Bordeaux

The new Lagoon 560 "coats SeaCat " was delivered to the Hamble from the CNB yard in Bordeaux. The delivery took 60 hours to cover the 500 plus Miles arriving in the Hamble Sunday Morning at 01.30 to a spectacular display put on by the perseid meteors just amazing we also arrived with a whole bunch of boats returning from Plymouth after the Fastnet race

The Lagoon 560 will be on show at Southampton for Ancasta International boat sales, after which we will be delivering her to the Canaries and then we will take the owner to the Cayman Islands a nice way to end the year .

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