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Regent Express (or more aptly No Brand Express) having just completed her final voyage on South African soil or water, being offlaoded at Wayne Robertson Yachts in Cape Town for containerisation.

Boat sold > Mooring & trailer for sale

With the successful completion of the sale of Regent Express, I can now focus my attention on selling my mooring at RCYC. It is a B-Class (Yachts of an overall length of more than 8 metres up to and including 11.5 metres and with a displacement not exceeding 10 metric tons) walk on mooring with 220v power and water at hand in a reasonably sheltered section of the Small Craft Harbour on Jetty F /12, close to the club house. Asking price is R49,500 o.n.c.o. I can be contacted on 0836588888

The Euro wins the game
The boat has been sold to a buyer in Germany, where she will continue to be raced extensively in the Hannover region. The 20% collapse of the Rand had much to do with the successful completion of the sale and neatly covered the German 20% import tax. The cost of shipping these days is VERY expensive at around R95,000 for "on deck" or "Ro-Ro" shipping from Cape Town to Germany. The 12m container option is much more affordable, which means taking the well built, double axle road trailer out of the deal. This is now for sale as well and interested parties can make an offer. It is suitable to transport most powerboats, rubber ducks or small keelboats up to 1500 kg

Internet uber allest
Exporting a boat comes with it, a serious amount of admin, but nothing that cannot reasonably be overcome with a little patience and your good friend "Google". What is of interest, is that the only inquiries on the boat originated from overseas buyers (Germany, Abu Dhabi and Perth). This is a clear indicator that South African built boats are considered good purchases and the exchange rate turns them into bargains - despite the world wide recession. All the sales inquiries originated from this website, despite having advertised the boat at all SA keelboat clubs and with all the brokers. This is another indicator that the internet is the bees knees and will continue to outstrip print and conventional advertising for a long time to come.

Well, it is most certainly the end of an era. A time for me to take a deep breath. To regain my love of sailing. To step back and gain perspective.

The jigsaw puzzle fell perfectly into place with award of the Seychelles holiday prize, where I was able to do the trip with some of my long serving crew members as a special sort of act of gratitude. I have produced a few video clips (links supplied below) for anyone who has not been there before and for those who have, a reminder to go again, whilst you still can. The trip was superb! The story will be featured in Sailing Magazine soon, so look out for it. In the meantime, thank you for your readership and support over the years. This will probably be the last or penultimate post on this website.

If you dont like the Seychelles, you need to make an urgent appointment with a psychiatrist. Seriously!
Above: Sensational Seychelles! 'Yapluka Two' our chartered Leopard 40 anchored off Anse St. Jose on Curieuse Island - Charon Roberts, Jeanine Rentschler & Trygve Roberts
Photo: Charles Crosby

Part 1 of an 8 part series featuring a one week charter on a Leopard 40 catamaran, showing the do's and dont's, history and features of this beautiful tropical cruising area. The route featured here is a fairly standard routing for first time charterers at the Seychelles. Part 1 features the base at Eden Island and a two and a half hour sail around the northern tip of Mahe to the beach and anchorage at Beau Vallon. Don't forget your sunblock!
Part 1 - Eden island to Beau Vallon

You can view the other videos by following the links below: These links are also embedded in each video under the text description if you open the "SHOW MORE" tab.

Part 2 - Beau Vallon to Anse Lazio
Part 3 - Anse Lazio to Curieuse island
Parrt 4 - St.Pierre Isl to St Anne island
Part 5 - St Anne to Cocos Islands
Part 6 - La Digue Island
Part 7 - La Digue to Mahe
Part 8 - Valee de Mai (Praslin Island)


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