Barry's Blog #20 - Haul out, survey, sea trial - What will the jury decide?

I put my lower back out the other day, lifting one of our unpacked suitcases onto the bed. In all my 55 years I have never had any back problems, so it was a real eye opener for me as I shuffled around for 3 days like a 90 year old man. The reason for wanting to look in the suitcase was to try and uncover the 'special' hiding place where I'd stashed our Australian passports the day before we left for our sailing courses in Gibraltar at the beginning of February... I didn't find the passports.

Note to self; If you stash something in a 'special' hiding place, take a photo of it with your phone for future reference!

This blog is a bit of a 'leak' about tomorrow's Sailing A B Sea YouTube video, so STOP reading now if you don't like spoilers.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.1 hauled out of the water

WE HAVE FOUND OUR YACHT!

We're so excited!

She is beautiful, she is a 1995 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.1 and she's in perfect condition. It's actually the yacht that we wrote about in Barry's Blog # 13 and Aannsha's Blog # 11. If you're interested in all the details of how we first met her and walked away from her in January 2018, those two blogs are a good starting point.

Jose the broker

So moving forward 2 months, the original broker Jose, from Marina Estrella, is now the owner of the yacht and he has agreed to honour the original price of 75,000 Euros and original purchase conditions, so we agreed to buy her and we get to move on board on Thursday April 19 2018.

Did I mention how excited we are?

We are going to rename her 'A B Sea'. Her Spanish name is 'Corajero', I don't know what it means and even Jose couldn't find a translation for it. And for those of you wondering where A B Sea comes from, let me explain;

A = Aannsha.

B = Barry

Sea = the sea

But when you sound it out, it is ABC, which we thought was just perfect for two complete sailing novices who are learning everything about yachts and sailing from scratch.

While I'm on the subject of learning, as I lay awake in bed this morning I began making a mental 'to do' list of all the things we need to learn. Obviously our 18 days in Gib