Pictures

 

Pictures

Since you probably love boats as much as I do, here are a few pictures from my life at sea and boats I have sailed (or would like to sail :-). You can click on all pictures to see larger versions.

All pictures are copyright © 2006-2013 Willy Verwoerd, unless otherwise noted.

 
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M/V Torsk is a steel 17 m Romsdal trawler built in Bergen, Norway in 1965 and in very good condition.

I had the pleasure of being her skipper during the winter of 2007-2008 in Canada. This is from a trip to Bowen Island, off Vancouver.

Click here for more pictures of Torsk.

 

 
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M/Y Saga (34 metres, 271 GRT) in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote (February 2007). She is a lovely De Vries Lentsch design built by Hakvoort in the Nether­lands and launched in 2002.

My main job on board was as Chief Engineer but I also contributed fully as Mate when at sea.

 

 
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In charge of a navigational watch on the very well equipped bridge of M/Y Saga. This was during our passage from Lanzarote (Canary Islands) to Oslo, Norway (Spring 2007).

 

 
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Saga has all systems you would expect on a modern yacht, running two Caterpillar 3406E's as her main propulsion.

This gave me a wide experience as an engineer, click here to see the systems I worked with.

 

 
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M/Y Fredrikstad in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands) where we spent two days during our atlantic crossing from Falmouth (UK) to Antigua (fall 2006). I was her Chief Mate for the transatlantic.

Fredrikstad is a luxury private yacht, converted from a Norwegian rescue cruiser in 1997 and originally built in 1968.

Click here for more about Fredrikstad and her 12 sister ships.

 

 
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One of many beautiful sunsets in the Atlantic ocean underway on Fredrikstad from Tenerife to Antigua. Did you wonder why I love the sea? :-)  

 
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A high class yacht like Fredrikstad requires continuous and quality maintenance in all areas. Varnishing isn't left to just anybody - this is the work of fellow crew member Mike.  

 
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Antigua has some lovely natural yacht harbours. Nearby is English Harbour with Nelson's Dockyard. Beyond is Falmouth Harbour where Fredrikstad stayed at the Catamaran Marina, which I recommend warmly.  

 
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Fredrikstad in a quite different setting in the north of Norway, summer 2006.

As more and more yacht owners are discovering, the Norwegian coast line and fjords offer fantastic opportunities for cruising. Please get in touch if you are considering one or more seasons in Norwegian waters!

(Photo copyright © 2006 Andrew Naylor)

 

 
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In 2006 I worked as Chief Mate on Hans Hansson, another former Norwegian rescue cruiser. She was launched in 1960 as Skomvær II and is quite a bit larger than Fredrikstad.

Hans Hansson is registered as a research vessel and now mainly used for passenger cruises and charters. For more information about Hans Hansson, click here and here.

 

 
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In addition to a research charter in the Atlantic Ocean and the Outer Hebrides, we passed through the Caledonian Canal in Scotland on our way to the North Sea and Bergen in Norway.

This is the village of Fort Augustus with its 5-chamber staircase lock a central feature. Hans Hansson (and Loch Ness!) is seen just below the locks. The canal is well worth a visit!

 

 
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Hans Hansson has a proper ship's engine - an 8 cylinder Bergen Diesel which has been running reliably for 46 years!  

 
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Though I love the sea I am fond of all sorts of waterways, including the rivers and canals in Holland (where I was born), England and other countries. This is from our canal trip north of Birmingham on a 65 ft narrowboat, summer 2006.

Canal holidays are very relaxed and offer lots of nice scenery. Please get in touch if you'd like to know more or wish to leave the skipper's job to me.

 

 

 
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Just arrived in Ocean Village Marina, Southampton, after a 140 mile open sea passage as skipper on M/Y Marlin, a Fairline Phantom (spring 2006).  

 
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Fire fighting is an important part of my STCW95 safety training. Here we are almost ready to put out a real fire using breathing apparatus while handling a fire hose and simulated casualties in a dark multi-storey building. This is as close as one can come to fighting a real fire on a boat.  

 
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On watch in the North Sea on the Hatherleigh, a 197 ton ex-trawler converted to a charter yacht. An honourable old lady (built in 1961) but equipped with all modern navigation aids.  

 
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I have always appreciated ex professional boats. My affair with the former Norwegian rescue cruisers started here in Manitowoc at Lake Michigan (USA) where I spotted M/Y Halten (summer 2005).

She is one of Fredrikstad's twelve sister ships, and I'm also in touch with several owners of the others. Curiously enough Halten's captain when she was in active service is now captain of Saga below.

 

 
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As you probably have gathered by now, I have a soft spot for the classic displacement type of yacht. This is a picture of M/Y Saga in Oslo, when I spotted her in Oslo once.

Fredrikstad was moored alongside Saga in Falmouth (UK) and I loved the opportunity to have a closer look at her at the time.

Click here for more information about Saga.

 

 
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M/Y Griffioen is another very nice De Vries Lentsch yacht which has crossed my course. She was built by Bloemsma & van Breemen in the Netherlands and launched in 2006.

Click here for more information about Griffioen and the yard.

(Photo © 2006 Bloemsma & van Breemen)

 

 
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This two-masted, 12.5 metre beauty was mine for several years. Originally a Colin Archer type pilot vessel, she was built in 1918 using pine on an oak frame. This picture is from a summer trip along the Norwegian south coast.  

 
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The M/V Agnes (an 800 ton, 58 metre cargo ship named after my sister) was one of the ships I grew up on as a sailor. She was owned by my father who was also her captain, a combination one doesn't see much anymore.  

All pictures are copyright © 2006-2008 Willy Verwoerd, unless otherwise noted.

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