Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Ever since Peter changed careers, I've been going through quite some changes as well. He accepted October last year a job that took him first overseas for 6 months and now he is sailing on a fantastic new vessel, but that takes him away regularly for long periods. For both of us this has been a journey and last night, it made me aware how much of a journey it is and how easy it is to become strangers with each other.

How easy it is to make assumptions about the other and despite staying in touch over Skype, communication is only 100% when you can see each other.

We've been talking about our plans for "Ataraxia". We want to sell her, but it is a bit of a bittersweet thing to do. We always hoped that more people would see the brilliance of the design and thought when we finish her we could make more people enthusiastic about the whole idea behind her. We would have loved to reach Brasil on her and really hope that any buyer we find, will be as loving of her as us and will want to work with us to finish her. It was really warming for me to find out that like me, he too hasn't given up on our dream to become cruisers. How stupid actually that you start assuming things.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sailing and hiking

After doing a hike yesterday, I find myself in quite a reflective mood. During the hike, we talked about the fact that as a child, our parents used to take us into nature. I clearly remember the Sundays with my parents, where we went for a walk in the forest. In the Netherlands there are not that many mountains. Or that we walked on the beach from one town to another, eating sandy eggs during lunch with the sand crunching for hours afterwards between your teeth... We had free travel on the train, so we normally did a walk from one station to the other. As a parent now too, I realise how important those seeds and memories are.

My parents clearly planted the seed for being in the outdoors.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Website boat

Today I had an appointment with two great guys, who are going to help me develop a proper website for our boats. At the moment the plan is to do two sites, the one from Ataraxia and the other site is for the commercial side of the school; Whisperboats Pty.

The main goal of both sites is the same: sell a boat. So what sort of info is necessary if you look online at a boat; what tickles you to write that mail, or pick up the phone to go and start looking at it?

We came up with a plan of action to assist me with my goal.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ataraxia for sale; setting up the basic sale strategy.

As mentioned in my earlier post, Peter and me decided to sell Ataraxia our boat. So in the coming period, will have a lot to blog about yachtbrokers, yes I am one too, potential buyers and ideas of what is the best sales strategy in these times.

After all, at the moment she is not ready to go, why should anybody even be interested to see her?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Getting back in the game

Hi all,

am very bad with this blogging and do promise to be better in future, euh almost every time... It's not that things haven't been happening, it's just much easier to trust my thinking to paper. Sorry computer era, really love to sit like yesterday on the mountain and trust my thoughts to paper.

Just an update then.