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JAN
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New chain hook

I found that the "usual" anchor chain hook is problematic and poses a risk. Even in the calmest water, the anchor chain throws the hook. This is a problem in that all the stresses are directly transferred to the windlass. In addition, the yacht does not sit well as it loses all advantages of the anchor bridle. I found and bought another chain hook which will hopefully do a better job.

 

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JAN
13
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Heart's desire

Prior to ordering plans and building our yacht, I considered a number of designs and communicated with several naval architects. At that time, we knew nothing about sailing, yachts and construction methods. We had a dream but did not know how this should be translated into a yacht design. It must have been quite frustrating for these architects dealing with such dumb arses as most of them wanted to know quite a bit about what we wanted to do. This was met with vague and dreamlike answers from me - "We want to live our dreams", "We want to sail into the sunset" and a couple of other blissfully ignorant ones.

One of these patient designers was Kurt Hughes. Email after email, the one study plan to the next, hundreds of questions, many direction changes - all this must have frustrated him to no end. However, we finally narrowed it down to a 45' catamaran and after a few weeks, I ordered the complete design. But this never materialised! Kurt Hughes relocated his website to a new domain and my order email never reach him. This was unbeknown to me and instead of trying to contact him again, I got my back up and ordered another alternative design from Alexander Simonis Naval Architects.

Even though our yacht is completely done, ready to sail for the past two years and we are very happy with our yacht, there is this one issue eating away at my brain and which keeps dragging me back to Kurt's website. A completely different design, this is a thing of great beauty, comfort, space and speed. A yacht of imposing presence, racy lines, luxury and in my case, true heart's desire.
Who knows, maybe one day!
http://www.multihulldesigns.com/designs_stock/71tri.html

 

71TriwFlaredMainHull

 

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JAN
01
3

The name "Revelations"

Revelations

There was this man in the distance dressed in a long robe. His hair was pure white, almost silver which glowed in the light. His right hand was in the air as if to stop my progress. In his hand was seven stars which shined with brilliant intensity, his feet gleamed like gold or polished copper and he was getting closer but without any movement or seeming mobility. A calm and peaceful man, not friendly but also not unfriendly, a stranger but also seems like a friend from far distant memories. His eyes were alive, very alive and threw sparkles at me. His face had a glow and illuminance never seen before. I became aware of a new sensation, a feeling of peace and total calmness descended upon me. I was content, happy and quite satisfied in this place of nothingness where I found myself. This was such a deep level of contentment and peace as never experienced before.

Then ... at a flip of a light switch, he was gone and I no longer saw anything. But now there was this dull distant drone of voices I could hear. They were talking but I was too far away and unable to understand or comprehend what they were saying. Seconds later all hell broke loose as I felt intense pain in my chest - similar to what it might feel like when a horse kicks you at full power in the chest. A deep gasp of air and then I let rip .... "Fuck-it" I shouted and the fight was on. But many hands were holding me down, restraining me, telling me to relax and calm down. I open my eyes and saw many faces looking down at me.

I was in hospital having a medical procedure done. About 2 hours after the procedure gone wrong and in the intensive care unit, I had an heart attack. Somewhere between my ticker temporarily stopping and me waking up after getting attacked by a medical staff member with this "horse" fribulator (8 shocks later), in great detail I saw the man describe above. During visiting hours, discussing the event, I told friends and family about what I saw. Some 2 days later, one of these friends visits me again - this time telling me that the man I described is mentioned in the Bible - Revelation 1:13.

That is when I knew what the name of our yacht should be - Revelations.

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Wow.... Thank you for sharing.......
Monday, 21 April 2014 16:43
True story! At the time, I told Jacques about this and he discussed it with his girlfriend who realized it was the same man as in ... Read More
Monday, 21 April 2014 17:19
Beautiful. Thank you.
Thursday, 01 January 2015 03:41
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