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Posted: 12th November 2013. Syracusa is beautiful! The magnificent Duomo, beautiful churches, the winding streets with their outdoor cafes, and the market! All our foodie friends would be in heaven. Bruce had to buy oysters and after the man had opened them, he gave us each a glass of Prosecco – wouldn’t get that at […]
Owners of the Fountaine Pajot Salina 48 have sent us this great new footage. Hi Rachel, We were travelling down the west coast of Spain in October leaving from La Coruna going to O Gove just above Vigo, this footage was taken just above Cap Finisterre. Wind app 25 knot angel about 55 boat speed […]
Posted: 17 October 2013. Next it was to the island of Ithaca, anchoring in a little spot called Vathi Limani before continuing on to the harbour of Vathi itself. This was another lovely little anchorage so typical of the Ionian islands with bush all around. So I, the captain decided a walk ashore was in […]
Posted 22 September 2013. Kalimera everyone. And then there were two. Yes just Darby and Joan after nearly three months with company. I hope we will cope! After our last newsletter, we ventured a little further south and ended up in Vliho, a harbour named by many as the English Toilet! It is a very […]
Posted: 27 September 2013. A Salina 48, built by Fountaine Pajot, Libellule, is the first cruising catamaran to cross the Northwest Passage! “We’ve always known that the SALINA 48 was designed for ocean cruising, with many sailing the seas all over the world. We look forward to helping more owners with these voyages: including the […]
Posted: 18 October 2013. Buying our boat will be a life changing experience. Similar to having a baby, now we must wait. Our new girl will be ours in June 2014. If you know nothing of the boat we have purchased let me paint the picture … Vital Statistics Name: “Miss Catana” Brand: Catana Catamaran […]
Posted: 18 September 2013. Sydney couple Gordon and Lou Coates previously owned a Fountaine Pajot Orana 44 “La Rochelle”, but have recently upgraded 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 boat ex-factory in France. […]
Story by Barry Wiseman for the West Australian newspaper – published 24 August 2013. David and Beverley Smale swap power-boat scene for more leisurely and economical travel on the seas. Power or sail? For some, there is no argument, it’s either one or the other. But for Mandurah couple David and Beverley Smale, turning to […]
Posted: 06th September 2013. Here is a snippet from Midi’s latest meanderings in the Mediterranean. Off we tootled in the car (Hyundia I30) and the first stop was Melissani, to visit the underground lake. We went down into a cave and it opened out to the sky and we got into a small boat and […]
Posted: 20th August 2013. Here is a snippet of Midi’s latest adventures: The next day it was off to Olympia, the site of the first Olympics. Amazing. This site is huge and although Bruce took dozens of photos, we will only bore you with a couple. It was hard to imagine people competing there and […]
Posted: 31st July 2013. We have adapted to life in the Med with little effort, it would seem. Because of the heat, we now understand why the people have such a relaxed lifestyle. We too have adopted some of their habits. For instance; waking late, doing what is needed to be done, then having a […]
Posted: 25 July 2013 Kalimera everyone from the scrumptious olive capital of the world, Kalamata. Since we last talked, we have visited Milos, where we have been before but the MacPhersons haven’t. Here we had decided to leave Midi for a couple of days and visit the island of Thira, Santorini. Here is a snippet […]
Posted: 23rd July 2013. Gordon and Louise Coates are currently sailing The Mediterranean after picking up their brand new Fountaine Pajot Hélia 44 ex-factory in April. Here are some great, first-hand tips following their ex-factory pick-up experience. Gordon and Lou’s Helpful tips when picking up a new boat ex-factory: Get advice from Multihull Solutions as […]
Posted: 17th July 2013. We have just been sent this fabulous footage of the brand new Catana 59 under sail in light wind. Here the gutsy photographer shoots from above and below the water! This vessel will be shipped to Australia this September and will be presented for sale. Quick Link: Visit the Catana 59 […]
Posted: 28th June 2013. Larrikin the Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 owned by Sydney couple Gordon and Louise Coates continues cruising through the Mediterranean. They are making us all writhe with jealousy with these latest pictures. Thank you Gordon and Louise – we love seeing what you’re up to!
Posted: 30 May 2013. We found this footage on You Tube which may be of interest to anyone wondering how a Catana catamaran handles in big seas and strong winds. Here the Captain decides to venture out into 40 knots to show the Catana’s performance. He points out some great Catana features and benefits. Quick […]
Posted: 28 May 2013. Gordon and Louise Coates update us after picking up their brand new Fountaine Pajot Hélia 44 ex-factory in April. Here is the first installment of their adventure. As much as we love La Rochelle and had become very familiar with life there, we needed to make a move toward sailing off […]
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 […]