JIM & ANNE

YACHT IMPRESSIONIST

 

Currently...

At the end of January 2011 we left Grenada to start cruising north for the winter season, and have visited Union Island, Bequia (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Martinique, Guadeloupe and Antigua for Classic Week.  We are now heading south to return to Grenada again for hurricane season, have visited Guadeloupe,  Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent, and are currently having a wonderful time cruising slowly south through the Grenadines.

First thoughts

We started thinking about living aboard a yacht and travelling around the Mediterranean around 2001.  We had by that time owned our first yacht, a 28ft Trapper 501, for four years.  Shortly after we decided we might as well go all the way - around the World.

Searching

We spent the next two years researching various models of yacht within our price range which we considered suitable for blue water cruising, i.e. the perfect yacht - around 36ft long, seakindly, fast, lots of accommodation, affordable to run, heavy displacement, not too beamy, easily handled by two people.  It doesn't exist!

We looked at many boats and ended up with a shortlist of three - Westerly Conway, Scanmar 35 or an early Contest 36.  Once we had seen a Conway we realised this was almost the perfect boat for us (a late model) so we then sold the Trapper.

... two years later

We had travelled the country looking at Conways, in varying conditions.

At last, in February 2005, we found the perfect boat - a 1981 aft cockpit, sloop rigged Conway with a bridge deck - only two ever built - and within two weeks she was ours.