Photo gallery 2021


This page starts in February 2021, when Ngahue IV was scheduled to arrive in Southampton on board the mv Dolfijngracht. For the time being, our adventures of swanning around the world's oceans have come to an end. So it's back to the North Sea and the Channel (Covid-19 volentum). The U.K. doesn't seem to be a very welcoming country anymore, with quite a bit of "administration" involved if you just want to pop across the Channel for a weekend.
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the narrative and description that accompany the photos...




Narrative accompanying the pictures above - Starting at the top left-hand corner...

The year started with Ngahue IV going through the Panama Canal backwards on Sevenstar's mv Dolfijngracht. After being offloaded in Southampton, Sam motored her to Hamble Point marina where she was taken out of the water for essential maintenance by the UK Hallberg-Rassy dealer, Transworld Yachts.


Transworld Yachts took delivery of Ngahue IV and stored her ashore for us and organised some urgent maintenance. Our bowprop had become very slow to the point of hardly being active through non-use in tropical waters. Our anodised anchor chain had been badly afflicted by rust and corrosion and risked breaking in a blowy anchorage. Upon closer inspection our toilet hoses were nearly fully blocked with crystalised deposits and the forward toilet outlet simply broke off when subjected to a stress test. You can just hear Goofy say "Gawsh..." it's called dezincification! Not good and requires immediate attention. For future stressless mooring, Laura acquired a pair of Sena headsets (usually used by motor-bikers) so that we can talk to each other when mooring the boat. We'll see how that packs out once we go sailing with the boat again and come back to our new berth at the VYN. It should be easy as the VYN staff have now given us an extremely "easy" U-shaped berth where Ngahue IV just fits into like a hand into a glove...


No fanfare - just a quiet sail in a 'tie-her-up' operation as Ngahue IV returns after nearly 4 years of travels... If boats could talk, she'd have a lot of stories to share with the neighbours! Just to make the point how elegant the past HR designs were, our neighbours are French 46 and 47-footers; but seem as bulky as out sleek and elegant 53 (in reality 54)-footer!!!



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