South Atlantic crossing – photo gallery

Sailing from Salvador to Cape Town…

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Photo Gallery from our second Atlantic crossing this year. Sailing from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil to Cape Town, South Africa on board HIR3…

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In English and many other languages, a ship is called a ’SHE’, but even in countries where this is not the case, boats usually carry women’s names… She (a boat) needs constant care and attention and in return, occasionally you can experience great pleasures with her:)

In English and many other languages, a ship is called a ’SHE’, but even in countries where this is not the case, boats usually carry women’s names… She (a boat) needs constant care and attention and in return, occasionally you can experience great pleasures with her:)

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One prosaic explanation is that the gender of the Latin word for “ship” — Navis — is feminine. But people generally agree on the more romantic notion of the ‘ship as a she’ phenomenon: that it stems from the tradition of boat-owners, typically and historically male, naming their vessels after significant women in their lives — wives, sweethearts, mothers. Similarly, and more broadly, ships were once dedicated to goddesses, and later also to mortal women of national or historic significance, thereby bestowing a benevolent feminine spirit on the vessels that would carry seafarers across treacherous oceans. Figureheads on the prows of ships were often depictions of such female namesakes, denoting the name of the ship for a largely illiterate maritime population. (Source: Glossophilia)

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It is often asked why a ship is called a “she”.
The answer is simple:
there is usually a gang of men about her;
it takes an experienced man to handle her correctly, and a lot of paint to keep her look good;
and without a man at the helm, she is absolutely uncontrollable.
She shows her topsides, hiders her bottom and, when coming into port, always heads for the buoys. it is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is the upkeep.

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Yacht design, as carried on at present, is rather like making love to a woman. The approach is completely empirical. At the end, the male, even though he might be successful, usually had no idea of just how and why he had succeeded. – PROF. E.J.RICHARDS

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A ship is always referred to as “she” because it costs so much to keep her in paint and powder. – ADM. CHESTER NIMITZ

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Boats, like whiskey, are all good. – R.D.(PETE) CULLER

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The fact that one refers to a boat as “she” shows that since time began men have loved their boats. – FRANCIS KINNEY

Gone Sailing… Finally!

On our first sailing trip from Kraljevica to Kornati and back to Poreč, we covered about 350 miles… and our adventure is only beginning! If you would like to join us, please contact me…

HIR has been in Kraljevica Shipyard on dry berth for almost three months now… I am a patient man, but even I became nervous and was thinking if I would ever set sail…. but then, finally… After we’ve put new antifouling, engine was fixed, mast step and all shrouds and lifelines were replaced, we painted the mast, put the new windex on top, roll system was serviced, new halyards were in place and mast was stepped and trimmed properly… we were ready to sail away:)!

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There is still a lot of work to be done, but housing sails and first sailing on board HIR 3 after more than two years of refit deserved a proper champagne and whiskey that I opened after I’ve put a coin under the mast…

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Gone sailing… finally! What a great feeling! 🙂

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On our first sailing trip from Kraljevica to Kornati and back to Poreč, we covered about 350 miles… and our adventure is only beginning! If you would like to join us, please just fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/CTH1fivtGpAG2pPt1

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Something’s missing…

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We have been working on the boat for quite some time now, but there is still a lot of expensive equipment that we have to install. Friends and colleagues have been halping me and donating useful things which helped us a lot… THANK YOU ALL!

I decided to make an equipment list in google docs that will be updated constantly as we progress, so if by any chance, you have something useful for us… we would really appreciate it;)

Equipment list: LINK

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Sails…

Sails are an important and quite expensive part of a boat. When I bought HIR, I got one old mainsail, one completely new mainsail that has never even been used, one old spinnaker, storm jib, storm mainsail and a genoa that has been rolled around the forestay for years without UV protection cover.

Sails are an important and quite expensive part of a boat. When I bought HIR, I got one old mainsail, one completely new mainsail that has never even been used,  one old spinnaker, storm jib, storm mainsail and a genoa that has been rolled around the forestay for years without UV protection cover. We took it down immediately and I have stored in in my basement in Zagreb and almost forgot about it.

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Recently I decided to have a closer look, so I took the sail out and cleaned it a bit. T be honest, it doesn’t look great, but I decided to patch it up and use it for a while, since I really can’t afford a new one. I stored it in the forepeak for now and hopefully it will work well it light winds, since it’s 42m2… until we get a new and shiny one 🙂

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My good friend Marko from Biograd recently got me a slightly used, great looking, big gennaker in a sock which I think will work great on HIR. I can’t wait to try t out!!! Thank’s Marko!!!

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What a feeling

It’s the time of year when the boat has to go out of the water for spring preparations, so I organized everything and went to Vrsar with Elvis to do some serious work…

It’s the time of year when the boat has to go out of the water for spring preparations, so I organized everything and went to Vrsar with Elvis to do some serious work. The mariners from the marina towed the boat to the crane, they took the boat with a crane to a dry berth… and we immediately started working.

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First, we put the tape on the waterline and sanded the hull, cleaned the prop shaft and the propeller, then we put three coats of antifouling, new sacrificial anodes, greased the seacocks, and polished the hull above the waterline… but we had more serious work to do now – it was finally the time to put back and install the engine!

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My friend Zoran from Poreč and his cousin helped us a lot by borrowing us a car with a trailer,  so we all went to find the village where the mechanic who did an overhaul of the engine lives. It was quite an adventure. When we got lost for the second time, we asked one lady on the street if she new Filip… and of course, she new where he lived:) The four of us lifted the engine, put it on the trailer and headed back to the marina. It was already 10pm when we got there and one concerned german boat owner started inquiring what we were doing, but Elvis managed to convince him that everything was ok.

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The next day the service guys craned the boat back in the water and lowered the engine in place when in started raining. Luckily, my good friend Kruno was there again… He worked and worked, and worked… and managed to install the engine by 10pm… THANK YOU KRUNO!!

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The morning after, we motored out of Vrsar harbor for the first time in ten years! What a feeling!!!

Long time no see

It’s been a long time since I have been on the boat, but now finally the time has come to start work again.

It’s been a long time since I have been on the boat, but now finally the time has come to start work again. I’ve filled my car with new floorboards, toilet, repaired stainless steel fuel tank, new pipes, exhaust system, tools… and went to Vrsar. I worked alone for four days and managed to get some work done, but I also discovered some more problems that I didn’t know I have. For example, I have to find a way to lock a fuel tank in an optimum position, I need a new fuel filter, a few new floorboards… However, I did manage to get some work done, but since I was on my own, I only took one picture, before I started…

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