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This blog tells the story of our 22-month sailing journey from Oakland, California, to Bristol, Rhode Island, aboard our beloved Bristol 32 sailboat, Ute. Please feel free to browse through the archives (partway down the sidebar to your left) to see pics and read stories of our adventures in North America and Central America . (Sorry the first 3 months of the trip are missing - they vanished somewhere in an internet cafe in Mexico - but all you're missing is CA, Baja and Western Mex).

If you're trying to track us down now that we're landlubbers, try us at uteatlarge at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

Friday, October 20, 2006

we hitchhike in style

here she is .....it took 69 man-hours, 40+ bobbins and 28 needles to restitch every seam in the cockpit enclosure....hopefully none of our seams will bust open in the Canal.....that would be somewhat embarassing.

The boat was built in 1957 as a Dutch canal barge, and underwent a six-million-dollar refit in St. Maarten last year. The sails had never actually been used until the current crew took charge! She's around 70' long, and has things like Harleys, and player pianos on board. outta control!

The woodwork on this boat is absolutely breathtaking. There are a number of carvings and sculptures, some of which are original, others replicas as some were stolen over the years.

you can read more about her and see more pics at the crew's site, http://www.yachtwork.com/super_yacht_crew.html

1 comment:

Rick Carey said...

I checked the yachtwork site and it's not six million dollars, it's six million Euros (!).
By my rough estimate that was equal to US$7,411,067.19 a year ago.
What exactly did the owners have in mind as the purpose of this incredibly expensive conversion? With no draft and a flatwater bow it's hardly a blue water cruising yacht.