my youth I've
often been interested in, and thought about boating, but
apart from a week on
the Norfolk Broads many years ago, and more recently completing a
navigation course, plus crewing for
someone, participation has really been limited to subscribing to a
monthly motor boat magazine, plus monitoring an on-line forum dealing
with the subject. Over the past eleven years our 'sea legs' have
had plenty of stimulation however - as a glance through the
yearly 'blogs' on this site should confirm.
reached our seventies, the thought had struck me; if we don't get
a boat now we never will - so we bought one! Lucky to note, I took to
handling our new "toy" virtually as good as the proverbial duck, and
she has provided us with a vast amount of pleasure. Now ten years on,
partly due to health, we've decided the time has come to let "Sylvania"
go - all good thing have to cease sometimes! Underneath is a 'photo of
us when we took over "Sylvania", but directly below we've placed a
'photo of us in front of her on the "hard" at Lymington as she is being
prepared for sale.
decided that the best broker to manage our boats sale would be the
makers main agent from whom we'd purchased it. Offshore Powerboats the
person who did the handover to us then was Steve Lane, who is now in
charge at 'Offshore'. I will admit I was just a little concerned at how
he dealt with the "blurb" to describe our boat. In all honesty I was well pleased.
reason being Sylvania's unique design among nimbus boats.
Majority of these boats have an open back known as 'coupe', but this
one has an
cabin, more room and really spacious! As the sale particulars remark:
There were several "runs" in this design back in the "eighties" and
"nineties", but only a single range since then, and that was a run of
or less, of these the model we got was the only one to be imported to
this country - a rare Boat indeed.
"Sylvania" is a 8.8 metre length motor boat, and
she was made by Nimbus
Swedish firm of boat builders. Power is supplied by a 160
horsepower Volvo diesel engine. Inside are provided many facilities for
civilized living, including a two burner gas stove, plus a
refrigerator. She is wired for mains electricity, so while moored in a
marina, we can lay power on, and use it just as we would in our own
home - indeed many boat owners seem to prefer just treating their
vessel as a 'weekend cottage', and may rarely sail it out of harbour.
Mention of "weekend cottage" is to me one of the massive advantages of
owning a boat of this size. Many idealize a cottage 'by the sea', but
quite out of the question the majority of us - rightly so! these are
required by locals. When the
weather is not at pleasurable as is the case most of the year, I'd be
thinking "who the heck would want a boat now", but, at that time,
obviously, I had not realized its value as as some where to travel to
and stay. Moreover it can be moved to many other attractive locations,
specially along he English South Coast. Just an example being the Isle
of Wight, based in Yarmouth, and using the islands transport, we've got
to know the island as good as locals! Another advantage being that
marinas are often really convenient to town centres, Ocean Village for
instance is only a ten minute walk from the centre of Southamton.
took delivery on 19 June 2006 at the British agents base at Lymington. It
was pretty windy for the next few days, but we eventually got it back
to the berth we had booked at Cobbs Quay marina in Poole Harbour, this
trip under the guidance of a member of the importers staff.
can be imagined, while we were very anxious to start using the craft,
the thought of actually taking it out on our own, awed us considerably.
For various reasons, including our long booked trip to France, we did
not move Sylvania out of her berth till 20th July. This was a two hour
cruise done at little over 'tick-over' speed, round Brownsea Island.
While on the far side we did drop our rear anchor, and cut the engine
for a short while. Considering our nervousness, we regarded this first
trip quite a success. So the next trip we ventured further, out into
the 'open' sea this time. Motoring out to off Studland, we dropped
anchor, and hung around for a while. It had been my intention to do a
bit of swimming. But the sea was pretty rough, so did not feel like it. We came back in time to catch the Poole Bridge opening
after passing out. All in all, we felt quite satisfied with our initial
Above: A couple of 'photo's inside the main cabin.
years since the above was written, and I'm really pleased with the
'boating' progress we've made since then. The reports on voyages
should be on our annual 'blog' links. Here though I will place a few
more 'photo's relating to Sylvania and our trips.The
first pair below show the opening bridge we go through each time we
leave our berth, and before we can reach the open sea. Once out there,
if we're heading south and west as often we are, then we pass near the
Old Harry cliffs off Purbeck. Just to make clear; those are people standing at the cliff tops, bottom right!