We have decided what our next boat is, and official date of transfer is the 15th of October, which also happens to be our third anniversary wedding day. A better wedding day present for the both of us is hard to find!
The boat we are purchasing is today called Nuvola. Some says it is bad luck to change a name on the boat, but as we have changed the name of all the boats we have had through the years and it has always turned out good we intend to continue that. This time we are also choosing a name that is possible to say in other languages than Norwegian too. To be honest, it has been a lot of spelling in Spanish and English the last two years when entering harbors and borders. We think the Octopus is a cool animal, and in Norwegian “Pus” mean the same as the English “Cat” so we feel we cover everything we need to cover!
For the first time since we both were about 15 years old, we now don`t own a boat at all. That’s special, but luckily it will not last for more than a week.
OctoPus is a Catana 44, build number 17 of 19, and is built I France in 1997. For us she still feels like a giant platform and we are looking forward to getting to know her and learn a new way of sailing. Of course, we hope it is a good sailboat, with the lifting daggerboards, enough sail area and not too much weight. On the other hand, we have made the choice of going for a catamaran mainly because it will be our floating home for the years to come.
The Purchase has been a very quick process for the seller as he put her out for sale just 10 days ago. We were by then looking at another boat, but struggled to get all the paperwork done to be able to have the boat over to Norwegian flag. On this boat that is good, and the standard and shape of the boat is better.
On the way to the broker!
OctoPus is in Gosport, close to Southampton. This means that this trip for us now is about to change radically. We will fly over there during October, will have our things shipped over from Los Angeles, hopefully during November, and after that sail east and north. Exactly where is still a question also for us, but working from the beginning of January is high on the list. This big change and quick stop of our trip is also opening for a full race sailing season in 2018 which we are very eager of getting on to!