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 45 and 47-footers; but appear as bulky as our sleek and elegant 53 (in reality 54)-footer!!!


Having been in Tahiti for more than 9 months, then been transported all the way back to Southampton and kept on the hard there for three months, Ngahue IV was looking a pretty sorry sight. The next month and a half was spent cleaning her inside and out, repairing in excess of 60 deck dowels, and sorting out the many things we had kept on board for our circumnavigation. Charts needed to be updated; lists of where to find things adapted new situations; and sundry safety equipment checked and out-of-date elements replaced. Cabin-by-cabin the interiour was cleaned up and transformed from a mess to reasonably tidy. With our neighbour cruising countries slowly opening up and with us getting our Covid jabs, we didn't lose too much on cruising time...


Hallberg-Rassy Parts sent us two parcels, one of which contained 10 metres of curtain material. In less than a week the boat was fitted out with a complete set of new curtains. The new HR material is several touches lighter than the previous material, so the effect is that our cabins and saloon look a lot lighter. HR Parts also supplied several new reading lights and we obtained a couple of new lamps for the saloon. It is all looking 'très chique'. More or less to the day, four years after we left Nieuwpoort for our circumnavigation departure, we took the boat out for a sail. It had been 15 months since we had properly sailed our boat, shock, horror. Having left an hour before low water, we were boxed in by the Smal Bank - some depths as little as 40cm. We must plan other sorties better, as with high water you can easily cross the 'Smal Bank' everywhere.

It really has been a quiet season for sailing this year. More time has been spent on 'refreshing' the boat, replacing things that had become too worn or replacing things that are more modern these days. A couple of pictures show what we got up to. In between some further short sorties, some single-handed, whereby no neighbours or pontoons were harmed during docking activities...



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