Posted 30th April 2013. Hi All, Here we are at the end of the month and the final Fountaine Pajot has now been commissioned. Bill Morrison and his mate Pete have arrived as the proud new owners of the last model Orana 44. They have named her Koru 2, which is a kiwi word that [...]
Posted: 26th April 2013. Sydney couple Gordon and Louise Coates are currently in La Rochelle, France picking up their brand new Fountaine Pajot Hélia 44. Here is an update on their journey so far… Hi All, Here is a quick note, it has been hard to settle into writing with so much going on, but [...]
Posted: 24th April 2013. These latest shots from our team in La Rochelle have just come through. Kevin and Vianni McGreal have arrived to collect their Salina 48 Evolution. Here they are celebrating by christening the boat with champagne!
Posted: 21st April 2013. Nod and Patrick from Multihull Solutions hosted a BBQ last night for all the owners who are currently in La Rochelle, France picking up their new Fountaine Pajots. Nod cooked the great Aussie style BBQ and Patrick picked out some of his favourite french foods for all to enjoy. With numerous [...]
Posted: 19th April 2013. Tony and Heather Skinner and Tony and Trish Yates arrive to collect their Lipari 41. These are the photos of the handover day and they are now onboard their Lipari 41 (Araldite). The boat is named after the two girls, who it turns out are both “Captain Araldites” and get stuck [...]
Posted: 16th April 2013. First cab off the rank! Jim Freeman and Peter Bailey’s Orana 44 is now complete. Jim, Peter and the boys Aaron and Steven have set off across the Bay of Biscay yesterday heading for Portugal. Thrilled with their boat they are looking forward to exploring the Med! Bon Voyage, we wish [...]
Posted: 14th April 2013. Here are some great images of of Gordon and Louise on their first sail onboard their new Fountaine Pajot Helia 44. Click on the images to enlarge.
Posted: 14th April 2013. Hello everyone. My communications in the last few months have been sporadic due to internet connectivity. We have been buying new SIM cards in every island we visited and not always managed to get DATA from the network, we learned that staying in touch via internet is one of the main [...]
Posted: 13th April 2013. At last the weather appears to be getting better!! We are taking Gordon and Louise Coates for a sail on their Hélia 44 today (pics to come). Yesterday we spent the day on the hard putting the skin fittings into the Skinner/Yates Lipari 41. Click on images below to enlarge.
Posted: 12th April 2013. Gordon and Lou Coates (Helia 44) arrived on the TGV yesterday and after a night of recovery have had the first day onboard their Helia 44 – The Larrikin. In the afternoon the sun came out for the first time. Finally someone has brought some sun with them – click on [...]
Posted: 11th April 2013. The very generous owners of the brand new Fountaine Pajot Hélia 44 have sent us these wonderful photos of their recent Easter break on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia. Thanks for sharing these with us Dave and Bev, keep enjoying your magnificent boat!
Posted: 4th April 2013. Jim Freeman and families have arrived in La Rochelle. Here are some images of their handover. They are thrilled with their boat and are looking forward to their Med cruising!
Posted: 2nd April 2013. Dan Hobbs from Classic Yacht Shipwrights arrives in La Rochelle with all the tools needed to commission the five yachts for our Australian owners. Read the background of this story here.
Posted: 1st April 2013. Anyone would be forgiven for thinking beautiful La Rochelle in France had been taken over by Multihull Solutions this April. Services manager Nod Crook and general manager Patrick Gilot are spending the month at Fountaine Pajot’s La Rochelle shipyards to receive, commission and hand over five new sailing catamarans to Australian [...]
Posted: 3rd April 2013. Buying your first boat can be a confusing experience. With so many different makes and models of catamarans on the market, it can often be hard to work out which boat best suits. An element of compromise is always necessary to ensure you find the right catamaran that best matches your [...]
Posted: 2nd April 2013. After a long association with Multihull Solutions, Ian Smith better known to all as just Condor is now working full time with the team assisting with commissioning boats, maintenance programs, sail training and more. Condor has too many certificates to store in one place, spanning RYA Yachtmaster Ocean to instructor and [...]
Posted: 26th March 2013. Perth couple, Steve and Debbie took delivery of their Fountaine Pajot Salina 48 Evolution ex-factory in France last year. This was their first trip to the Mediterranean and for the benefit of others enjoying the same experience they have documented their shopping lists, tips and experiences. We thank them for this [...]
Written by Geoff Chia for Multihull World Magazine. Posted: 25th March 2013. AIM: To demonstrate this proof of concept: that it is feasible to drastically reduce personal fossil fuel consumption, carbon emissions, fresh water consumption and waste production without significantly compromising quality of life. Many yachties are already living proof of this fact, however I [...]
Posted: 25th March 2013. Sydney couple Gordon and Lou Coates previously owned and loved their Fountaine Pajot Orana 44 “La Rochelle”, but have recently decided to upgrade to the new model Hélia 44. Instead of having the boat shipped to Australia (as they did with “La Rochelle”), they have chosen to pick up their new [...]
Written by Geoff Chia for Multihull World Magazine. Posted: 24th March 2013. To me the principal hurdle before embarking on this project was how best to dispose of sewage in the least noxious and most environmentally friendly manner. Chris Palmer, environmental engineer and founder of Envirotech treatment systems, was the first person to inform me [...]
Posted: 11th January 2013. Our Services Manager Michael Crook (better known to everyone including his parents as “Nod”), has spent most of his life playing with and working on boats. We recently asked Nod about his all time favourite anchorage and here is what he had to say.. It was a tough job picking my [...]
Posted: 26th November 2012. Hi All, Picking up from the last spiel; with a very sad looking rubber duck we sailed out of Kumai and headed towards Pulau Belitung on an overnight passage. We ended up stopping at a small island just before Belitung called Pulau Nangka. A very scenic location which sells itself as [...]
Posted: 22nd November 2012. The winners of 2012 Multihull Solutions Whitsunday Rendezvous, Val and Alex Lawson, are currently enjoying part of their event prize of two night’s accommodation on Hamilton Island in the stunning Reef View Hotel.The couple sent through these great photos and a note while living the high life in the Whitsundays. Val [...]
Posted: 31st October 2012. Name an anchorage in Australia and you can bet that, Rossco, our ‘Silver Salty Dog’, has been there. With decades of experience cruising, crewing and training, Rossco has explored the most remote and the most popular cruising destinations in the Asia Pacific region (and beyond). In this edition, Rossco shares his [...]
Posted: 19th October 2012. Hi all, We arrived yesterday in ‘Marina Saidia’, Morocco, we will probably be here for a week to 10 days. Great place, nice people, very cheap. Helen just finished a slideshow of our cruise in Croatia with our son and daughter in law Andrina, you can see it here: Happy sailing, [...]
Posted 15th Octiber 2012. Hi All, We’re currently heading for the NW corner of Pulua Belitung, an island similar in size to Bali. Just 2.5 degrees south of the equator and bloody hot. Only 4 knots of wind so we’re motoring and keeping a close watch for fishing nets. A friend ran into one just [...]
Posted: 3rd October 2012. Hi All, Once again we’re on passage, sounds like I’m developing a stutter, this time heading north again. We left Lombok Island early on the 1st October on a 400nm passage to Kumai in Kalimantan (I think formally part of Borneo). Here we get to meet our close relations, the orangutans, [...]
Posted: 27th September 2012. Here is a snippet from Bruce and Lesley onboard Midi currently cruising the bay of Monemvasia, on the south eastern end of the Peloponnisos peninsula (Greece mainland). Next we headed off in the direction on the island of Spetsai via the island of Hydra (flies galore). Our pilot book describes this [...]
Posted: 21st September 2012. We have just received this image from our sailing master Rossco who is currently sailing with owners of the Fountaine Pajot Mahe 36 Evolution “Grace”. Rossco tells are that they were sailing just past Roslyn Bay (Yepoon), when this beauty jumped onto their lure! Well done guys! Safe sailing and enjoy [...]
Posted: 17the September 2012. 10:40:39 PM AEST. Hi All, No more night sails thus the poor performance on the updates. Picking up from the previous Wag Tale we once again experienced a first for us on the morning prior to arrival in Taka Bone Rate. About 20nm out we saw what we thought were dolphin [...]
Posted: 7th September 2012. Here is some great footage sent in to us by West Australian owners Rozzie and Wayne LeBlanc recently sailing with friends onboard their Fountaine Pajot Mahe 36, “Vaya Con Dios”, in Darwin Harbour. Thanks for the great footage folks, please keep sending us footage of your adventures!
Posted: 28th August 2012. Dobar dan everyone, After leaving Venice, we sailed (motored) to Novi Grad on the Istrian peninsula, picking up a mooring buoy and completing the checking in procedures the next morning without any problem. So it was a quick visit around town and a first look at Croatia for Ross, Karen, Claire [...]
Posted: 29th August 2012. I know …I know…you’ve all been wondering, “Where the bloody hell are ya??” Well, be rest assured, we have not been torn apart by rabid monkeys on some deserted island, we are both alive and well! Just another one of those “too slack to write things.” Trying to remember exactly where [...]
Posted: 29th August 2012. Hi All, We ‘re on passage again, left Hoga Island in the Wakatobi Group at 0600 this morning heading for Taka Bone Rate Marine National Park, about 190nm. At the current speed we’re looking at a 34 hour trip, nearly a full week’s work! We started well but the wind died [...]
Posted: 19th August 2012. Hi All, It’s 2030 and I’m 1.5 hours into the first watch of the night. I had just the most amazing start to the watch, the sky was dark, no moon but heaps of stars and a few fluffy white clouds. Not much sea, maybe 1m and only 12 knots of [...]
Posted: 09th August 2012. Hi All, We’ve just had three days anchored in a beautiful bay on Wotap Island part of the Tanimbar group. Great to be able to snorkel again and see colourful things stuck to coral that we haven’t seen anywhere else. Even managed a dive but only to clean the bottom on [...]
Posted: 9th August 2012. Hi All, we have just completed another slideshow from Halkida to Corfu. We left at 3am and on our way to Sicily to a place called Siracusa for 1 night before heading across to Malta. Meanwhile you can track us whenever you wish by clicking this link. Cheers from 38 deg [...]
Posted 8th August 2012. Buon giorno everyone, I know, I know – it’s only been five minutes since we sent the last newsletter and haven’t we got anything better to do than annoy you with missives from our computer. But hey – Midi has been to Venice! After leaving Rovinj in Croatia, we had to [...]
Posted 5th August 2012. Hi All, We left Saumlaki this morning and are now anchored off a small island just around the corner about 8nm from town with two other boats, Lizzie and Avant Garde. It was great to have our first swim and snorkel since Lizard Island on the Queensland coast exactly two months [...]
Posted: 30th July 2012. Andrew Biggs and James Cummings photographed below are celebrating onboard their new Fountaine Pajot Lipari 41 – Pamplemousse. Officially handed over by Nod our Services Manager in Perth on the 28th July 2012, (from left to right), Peta, Liz, Andrew and James are very happy with their new toy! The boat [...]
Posted: 27th July 2012. Dobar dan everyone, So many places, so little time to type on the computer. Actually it is so hard to remember where we have been as some of the place names appear incomprehensible to us. We have developed our own shorthand for names until we know the correct pronunciation. Rogoznica became [...]
Posted: 22nd July 2012. Check out Novae’s latest travels sailing from Marmaris, Turkey to Skyros in the Sporades, Greece.
Posted: 28th July 2012. Hi All, Sitting anchored in Fannie Bay, Darwin cleared Customs this afternoon and gearing up for the rally start tomorrow morning. At 1100, 130 boats head across the start line then the fleet splits with 100 heading west and 30, including us, heading north east but more on this later. Darwin, [...]
Posted: 16th July 2012. The Sanya 57′s first Australian owner has exciting plans for his spectacular new cruising catamaran. Terry Howe from Dampier in Western Australia has just taken delivery of his Sanya 57 after purchasing in March, and has named it Howe’s Adventures, based on the family’s upcoming travels. Terry, a miner and his [...]
Posted: Friday 13th July 2012. Since we last spoke to you, we left our English/American/Peruvian/German friends and we ventured off to Korcula Island. In our first anchorage we walked over the hill to do another little shop and then forced ourselves to visit a wee vineyard and after some tastings, purchased a couple of bottles [...]
Posted: 10th July 2012. Hi All, So now we’re really in the wilderness, no towns or even villages until Darwin. Rounded cape Wilberforce, first stop, Cotton Island part of the English Company Group of islands. On our own in a stunning bay, beautiful white beaches but we’re not venturing ashore. Just before sunset we saw [...]
Posted: 29th June 2012. So folks 12 days have passed us by and we made it out of Danga Bay…well just…a very slow 1 knot even with the tide heading us in the right direction!! There was so much build up on our props and hull that we only made it 10 mile up the [...]
Posted 27th June 2012. Hi All, Made Gove by Saturday lunch, two and bit days from Seisia. First night the wind was a little light to continually fill the screecher so the sail thrashed around sounding like a bullet going off each time the new cloth filled. However, this was better than attempting to use [...]
Posted: 19th June 2012. Bog (hello in Croatian, believe it or not)! Yes we are in Croatia at long last and, from the little we have seen, it is very beautiful! Since we last emailed, we have been a few places and clocked up a few more miles and met more interesting people. We visited [...]
Posted: 16th June 2012 – 11:16:33 AM AEST. Hey Folks, I know it’s been a while since we sent y’all a message (4 months for some… Sorry guys). Thanks for all your emails wondering “where the bloody hell are ya?” But be rest assured we have not been abducted and raped by pirates, got lost [...]