Everything began some years ago! German version
|In the late
autumn 1996 I bought a Friendship22 which was in the winter-storage. At
that time I became
a proud owner
of a sailing boat. But before I could use and enjoy the new toy, I
had to learn a lot for the "Boat Leader's Licences" for
the coastline and also for rivers and lakes. Finally this succeeded
under difficult conditions with snow and ice in the early morning
hours of December 21 1996.
As Michael was also an absolute beginner of sailing like me, we decided to use our new boat on the upper Elbe. Our choice was the port of Oortkaten.
At the end of March 1997 we could not wait any longer. We were impatient and our boat was ready to get slipped.
A few brush lines under the waterline and "ready to go"
|Minus 5 degrees C -it
doesnīt matter- Anhinga was put in the water in Wedel near Hamburg. All jackets and
sweaters could not keep off the freeze and humidity. It was really
Unfortunately a ferry boat (Elbe city jet) came close to us with such big waves that we nearly sunk. A small boat in the early spring is probably ignored. We could hardly hold ourselves on the seats.
|Lonely Anhinga lay in the
port Oortkaten. All other boats were still in the storage.
But soon the weather became better and we carefully could make our first sailing-experiences
We wanted to spend the vacation on the Elbe. We believed that it is better to have a visual contact to the coast. The next port is always close.
|But - without any
hesitation - we found ourselves in Kiel at the Baltic Sea. Here in Moenkeberg
forecast said 4 beaufort- "Shall we sail to Marstal"?
more than 6 beaufort - we arrived in Marstal with a completely empty stomach (the fish do not like to stay hungry as well)
|A few days later the
weather was fine and so we made some nice trips with our Anhinga.
But after three years it became a bit close on the Friendship
|In 1999 I secretly paged through all
boating magazines and looked for boats to sale.
The new boat should have enough standing height, a sufficient motorizing and a separate bathroom. Also very important is a small depth because we love the beautiful places in small bays and harbors.
My dream-boat was to sale on the Mueritz.
A few weeks later we sailed our Gib`Sea 282 to small Danish ports. The new Anhinga has an adjustable keel and only 60cm depth. Itīs wonderful to drive the boat directly on the beach. We always have much fun with the new ship.
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