Sailing aboard Cariad

Cariad at rest

Cariad is our Benetteau Oceanis 390

For Sale: £20 000

She is a well maintained and equipped boat with a lot of new and up-to-date kit aboard. Photos on this blog have been taken over the past few years so may not reflect how she looks right now!

On our last trip to Greece we replaced the engine, put on board a new Rocna anchor, 100m of chain and a new gypsey. A recon Beta 38.5 engine was installed, the rudder bearings were replaced as was the cutlass bearing. A complete set of brand new batteries were installed ( Not used as yet! )

The hull is in good condition with some dings showing her age. When I acquired her she was dried out ashore for 18 months while an extensive refit was done. At the end of this period the underwater area was media blasted and a complete epoxy sheath was laid. This was completed with 6 coats of International VcTar2 epoxy finish ( I purchased too much! ). As a result the hull is completely dry and sound.

Cariad is dry sailed, stored ashore in Preveza, Greece when not in use. The Ionian provides both bustling moorings with great restaurants and tavernas and quiet isolated anchorages with clear, deep and refreshing waters. There are dolphins and turtles to be seen and myriad small fish. Occasionally fish can be caught off a towed line.

We often see dolphins. There is a large pod that lives about off Vonitsa, we estimate getting on for 50 or more of these beautiful creatures! If you are approached by dolphins please be cautious about interacting with them. With species threatened it is not helpful to chase after them and if you see them a short way off don’t go chasing them as they may be feeding or protecting young.

When they do come and play under the bow’s pressure wave it is special. Normally we have them at about 4 or 5 knots, effortlessly rolling around under the bow. Occasionally they will break away and jump. Really special!

Vonitsa dolphins

We’ve had a few adventures aboard Cariad. Although the Ionian is a very protected piece of water there is still plenty of scope to do some ‘real’ sailing and some of it has been as exciting as my off-shore experience.

65 knots of ‘breeze’ over the deck in Levkas resulted in a night sitting dragging the hook slowly but surely across the bay. Only starting the motor and engaging ahead at about 1500 rpm slowed and eventually stopped the drag.

Then there’s the tale of ‘the international Sivota incident’.

And a few more.