One of our last trips. Tolcarne Creek, River Fal. Picture by Charles Erb.
[2.9.13 – Now sold]
It’s with very mixed emotions that I have quite suddenly decided to offer Zephyr for sale.
It’s been a long held wish of mine that, in time, my wife would grow to enjoy sailing with me. I can’t say I’m there yet, but we recently spent a number of days living aboard in Falmouth. She enjoyed the pottering, the anchoring in the sun, wearing stripey tops and feeling all nautical. But, and this is a big ‘but’, out of nowhere she made a statement which I must act upon before she changes her mind. Zephyr has managed to win her over enough for her to suggest that we could do more sailing together – but it would need to be in a boat she can stand up in. It’s a woman thing.
She despised the first boat I owned, and has been very cautious with others since. Zephyr, too, was a cautious purchase; she was what I could afford and has enabled me to go forth and have my own adventures for a week at a time, as often as I wanted to. She was a step in the direction of where I wanted to get to. She has been perfect for that, whilst at the same time allowing me to take my wife on short trips ‘around the bay’ and the odd night in a marina. She has made my recent illness easy to recover from.
Zephyr has always performed admirably in the time she’s been my trusty sailing companion. She has always performed above and beyond what I expected. She has always been the centre of attention wherever we’ve been together, to the point that I actually had cards printed with her details on to hand out to people enquiring about her. I’ve invested a huge amount of time and quite a bit of money getting Zephyr how I wanted her to be for me for the next ten years, so with this sudden change someone can benefit from all that. Zephyr has changed my life for the better, but soon it’s her turn to do the same again for someone else, or another family.
Zephyr is going to be very difficult to replace, as I need a boat which is traditional, desirable, secure, with tan sails, lots of rope and masses of charm. It’s a big ask. In moving on I know I’m going to lose the flexibility of trailer sailing, but over the past few years I’ve pretty much decided that I want to sail extensively in the South West, and that’s where my wife wants to sail with me. The Solent is nice, but a bit too busy with mobo’s. Wales is nice, but harbours and marinas are few and very far between – and the Bristol Channel is brown water and too tidal. The Firth of Clyde is stunning, but just too far away, and the East Coast is lovely, but I’ve no past there. The South West is where I will keep a new boat, and I’ll be wearing out the M5 in due course I’m sure.
I’ll leave this blog in place as it contains so many very happy memories for me, and it’s a very useful resource for Cape Cutter and trailer sailer owners.