A bit of liveaboard self-indulgence:
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If you've arrived at Seasolutions looking for the old site with hardware and software solutions for sailors I'm sorry to have to break the news that we've finally retired. I hope this won't bother you too much and the fact that we're probably in Greece or Spain languishing in the sun and sipping wine won't fill you full of unquenchable envy, in fact you should join us (on your own boat of course); we'll keep a glass of wine for you...
If you enjoy looking at these sleek creatures here's our own little video from which this shot was captured.
Yawn... stretch... Is it time for a glass of krasi aspro yet..? Or do I have to do something? Pull a ropey thing? Put away the flappy thing? No? I have to do what..? Write a bit of prose for the website..? Ah... too hard, bring me another drink, please... please...
Hi and welcome to Seasolutions. We're Ann and David Berry and we are, without doubt, part-time liveaboards. Every spring and autumn we take ourselves away from our home in South Wales and fly off to spend three or four months in the sunshine on our sailing yacht Aderyn Glas.
We think we've got the best of all worlds, cruising in the spring and autumn, enjoying the (hypothetical) British summer and staying warm and snug at home in lovely Wales as the winter blows through. We're obviously not hardy enough to be full-time liveaboards. We enjoy the spring and autumn aboard - they're lovely - full of sunshine and breezes and people who share our lifestyle and ethos but in the winter rains we want to live in a house with large rooms and warm heating so we can avoid cabin fever.
We want to bring you something. We've clocked up a large number of hours and miles cruising in the Med and we want to try and help anyone who's living or contemplating the PTL life by publishing some of what we've discovered to be useful over the years we've owned a boat. We've been doing this since we traveled through the French canals in 2008 meandering for six months from Cherbourg to Port Napoleon and then on to Greece the following year again taking six months to explore Corsica and the Italian islands. So we've clocked up the sea hours and we've been learning all the time, often inventing and discovering our own solutions to the many problems we faced, and sometimes taking on board other sailor's ideas to meld with our own (and to all of those guys a grateful thank you).
Okay, you're saying, who are these people and why should I be interested? After all they've only managed to get from Plymouth to Greece. Well, we're not Francis Chichester and Ellen Macarthur but neither are most of you and the problems we face are not the ones either of those worthy people would even recognise (they probably don't even know what a Jabsco toilet is and buckets don't have choker valves).
The other member of our family is our beautiful yacht Aderyn Glas, a 10m (33 foot) Moody Eclipse built in 1992. She keeps us dry and safe whatever the weather and in return we spend a lot of time and effort maintaining and improving her, which is what this site is about: we're constantly making, fixing, changing, replacing and each time we do we consider whether what we've found is interesting enough to add it here or offer as an article in the sailing press.
Everything on this site is our own work. Everything you read are our personal opinions and may not accord with yours. Everything here has been worked out and tried on Aderyn Glas and is something we find useful. If you're contemplating doing what we've done you might find the tips and tricks that have made life on board even more acceptable to us of interest. Please get in touch with us if you have points to make or questions to ask.
We've invented our own scale to represent the importance of each item to our liveaboard life in the Med. Five hearts means essential down to one heart which means nice to have
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Our Aderyn Glas logo was designed by graphic designer James Potts who combined the timid aderyn glas with the fiercely protective Welsh draig. Please visit his website.
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