I had butterflies in my tummy, felt queasy and unwell and  I was yet to get on board! To say I was nervous was an understatement. Today was major play and like pregnancy could be a game changer. Today was a day fraught with emotional danger. At risk was my heart as I already knew I had a weakness for Miss Catana. However the proof was to be on the water and taking a close look at the fine details, real costs and our determination to continue this idea.


Sea Trial

…the sun shinned, the water glistened, the swell lifted to greet us and the wind accommodated a glorious morning on the water. “Mrs C42″ or the demo boat of the day did everything she was supposed to, Handy Patrick and Captain Condor were hosting the occasion but really the star of the day was to be the Catana 42.


Firstly we turned on the motors to leave the marina and they purred. Captain was well pleased I could tell. As we slipped gently by the many boats and cats on one side and the Mac Mansions on the other side we were finally test sailing the dream.


(I think when testing sailing dream boats warning stickers should be erected, WARNING Dream Boat Ahead Prepare To Lose Momentary Reason Liable To Extend Your Budget Quickly and Your Heart At Risk!)


So how did she go?


Once on open water we hooved too (sailing term for floating around), raised the sails, lowered the dagger boards, turned off the  purring motors and we were away. First impressions – stable, roomy and just a little bit sexy. In regards to pace I didn’t think she was going that fast but then I realized we were doing 9 tom10 knots yikes, this puppy was fast without even trying. When we surfed down the waves at 14 knots I’d bet my last $10 that if you had a glass of champagne on the table you wouldn’t waste a drop.

After about 15 minutes I had a laugh out loud moment for I recognised that at this point after 25 years of being practical, stable, working and dare I say it just a little boring we were well and truly seduced, the blue line was now deep blue! We would have this cat there was no question I only had to look at the joy, unadulterated pleasure on Captain Gary’s face. The formality of discussion to follow was just that a formality. Really



To some of the important people who stand shoulder to shoulder you came into my thoughts as we continued to play on the water.


My Captain – With you I will travel to the ends of the Earth and nothing gives me greater pleasure than to continue on this journey of life and love together. This process  feels quite similar to a quest in some fantasy novel I love to read (even though you have hairy paddle feet you are less like a hobbit and more of a gentle funny gunslinging Roland, like Jake I’m coming with you whether I like it or not.) Sometime ago we opened a box and now the lid cannot be closed….let the journey continue.

To Our Precious Children – Always work hard and follow your dreams and believe in yourself and I hope you don’t mind too much that this crazy buying the boat thing it really happening. I have no doubt each of you will continue to be fabulous without us there close by and as your parents we are very proud to know that we can leave you as you are wonderful.

To my beautiful Mother – I know you think we are demented but it will be fine I promise. It all feels so right, it’s hard to believe anything different. Plus if we pull back now it would break something inside that really shouldn’t be broken. We will depart but we will return.

To my Dad – you are right there is so much to learn and thank you for believing.

To my Big Sister – Naming the boat. Although “Le Coffin” has a catchy ring to it our new family member is definitely going to be called “Miss Catana” no doubt when you see her you will love her as well :)

Tim Guru of Finance – Thanks. Without your seal of approval seriously we would have not continued. I know your opinion comes from knowing the details but still it’s nice to say the professional agrees with us.

Handy Patrick – who knows what a boat show will turn up, an unlikely pair with no or little experience are now joining Team Catana to continue the story. As you said it’s rare for newbies to pick Catana but for us both it was love at first site. Also congratulations on being accepted as a true blue Australian, our country will be richer for your membership into this exclusive club!

Catana Boat Building Yard – Although you don’t know us it is my pledge to tell the tale of your boat to as many as wish to hear her story. This will be a journey shared GBC style – The Great, The Bad and The Compromised. (I rarely find life ugly but continually find that life is a series of compromises they may in turn lead to ugly).

Miss Catana welcome to the Pennicott Family.

Walter My Friend – the next time you ask me have you brought that boat yet? I will say yes

Stefano My Friend – Boyo I better learn how that editing program works and with haste! I have a date with YouTube soon!

Lisa and Rex – it may not be a super yacht but she is more than enough super for me!

To my Wonderful Friends  -who know I love them – How exciting, scary and crazy, but I love the fact you have all supported us and hopefully we still have lots of time to share over the coming months and then time plenty on the big blue.

Mark from Mooloolaba Yachts – like the boy at the bar who didn’t get the chance to chat because the girl went with the other boy instead – sorry. Over the past year you have been reliable, honest and continued to send us boats to view, however it comes back to the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show when Miss Leopard and I failed to spark and by then the goal posts had changed dramatically by us. I do wish you the best for the future though and will always recommend.

To the unknown participant – who may share some or all of this adventure by reading this site. Thanks for sharing the ride; I promise to be honest and hopefully not too boring and hopefully interesting at least some of the time!
Welcome aboard Miss Catana as seen and felt by the Captain and his first wife.



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