On and off for the last couple o’years I’ve been looking for a motor yacht. I’ve been quite specific in my search as I have been looking for a motor yacht specifically suited to training. My search criteria included ‘solid build’ and ‘excellent sea keeping ability’, a yacht running on “cables not computers” so we can really teach the inner workings of a motor yacht without the requirement for a diagnostic expert plugging in a laptop. I wanted good access to the interior helm position so that our students and instructor could easily access the side decks without having to dash through a carpeted saloon and through a patio door. A yacht less than 40’ providing a spacious fly-bridge with good visibility. A yacht I can apply commercial coding to, where safety equipment is on display rather than hidden in lockers. Basically, I was looking to buy a yacht for our training team, and thus our students.
When I found the Colvic Trawler yacht I was immediately engaged. So much so that I booked the flights and flew to meet her. I happen to be a great believer in fate and what is meant to be will be, but before following my instincts I asked our trainers for their opinion, showing them photos of ‘plastic fantastics’ against images of the Colvic. Their feedback was unanimous. The deal was done.
It’s been a labour of love and took longer than I had anticipated (all boat owners reading this will nod and smile in understanding) but we finally flew to collect her at the beginning of February. The YBDSA coding is complete and she will be welcomed into active service in the middle of March.
Berthed in Marina Naviera Balear, ‘And So To Sea’ is our second yacht based in the centre of Palma harbour, and therefore we are the only Palma based RYA Training Centre to not only own our own motor yacht but able to provide training yachts in central Palma.
When I introduce the yacht to people, they instantly like her. We asked our Yachtmaster shorebased crew to assist with the stability test last week … can you imagine fourteen guys standing all along one side of deck, then the other, as the surveyor did his calculations? The crew were all commenting about what a great boat she is, how they wished they were on her this week (their practical training week, sorry guys but only when the paperwork is done) and how she looks so great. As we prepare the legal paperwork for her and complete the survey, we have invited carpenters, engineers, mechanics, trainers and examiners onboard and their response is so very positive. Even the marina team think she’s awesome.
We look forward to showing you around and for you to experience a sound and solid motor yacht during your training. Our motor courses are all on the website and dates can be flexible so let us know when suits you. We believe you’ll fall in love with ‘And So To Sea’ just as we have. See you soon.