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Monday, October 14, 2013

Hybrid Sailboat

I'm home. This means work, having the boat at the marina and getting mentally prepared for winter. Without snow, winter is merely a cooler, rainy version of summer.

Being home also means making the boat my office on Thursdays. I love going to the marina because it's a playground for grown men and the odd woman. With a transient dock, there's always something going on or something new to see.

Now look at this sailboat berthed across from me and which I baptized the hybrid boat.
hybrid sailboat
What is it?
Without the masts it would be a sleek trawler. It could also be a motorsailer or a a funky sailboat. The masts are tall, and it has a generous sail area so I wouldn't be surprised to see it sail fast (maybe not upwind). It's also difficult to ascertain whether it's a very expensive factory-made boat or an affordable but excellent home-made vessel.

The unlucky sailor is back. The boat is in the water and, by the look of things, it's getting ready to go somewhere.
Leaving a boat in Peniche
The 46-foot Bowman yawl in the center, low and sleek compared with the hybrid boat.
I was talking to Ryker (who's also back for the winter season) when the 68-year-old owner walked slowly down the pontoon - tall, shoulder-length blonde hair, in a T-shirt, jeans, sandals, amazingly looking like Neil Young, or what I image Neil Young to look like these days - the perfect match for his boat and a perfect contrast to the snappy dressed, well groomed owners of the hybrid boat.

I have a translation to finish, but I'll be back. Ciao.


  1. That "hybrid" IS odd for sure. Looks over 50ft too.
    Ah, the change of the season... no more hoards of charter "they all look alike 42footers" and time to see the real cruising boats in transit. Plus the characters in them.
    Are you working too much or what?

  2. The hybrid was a custom project born on the draftboards of yacht designer Michel Joubert, and built to Veritas spec at the Gamelin shipyard, this motorsailer offers safety and exceptionnal seaworthiness at sea. Superb mahogany interiors and a very complete equipment list for comfort at any latitude. Her powerful engines and efficient, versatile sailplan (150m²) enable crossings in excess of 9kt, with a range in excess of 3000NM.

    1. Thanks for info Nicholas. Later, after writing this post, I met the owner who offered to show me the interior. Unfortunately, I was only taking a short break from a rush project with a tight deadline...and when a boat owner offers to show you his boat you can expect a long nautical-related conversation, so I declined.
      I got to meet him because, when they first arrived, his crew member attempted to hop onto the dock, slipped, fell between the boat and the mussel-covered dock floats and got cut up pretty bad by the Sharp mussel shells. So he stayed in Peniche for a while. I really envied his huge cockpit...more like a large house deck.