We first saw Carina in late September 2011 at Queen Anne’s Battery, in Plymouth. She had recently returned from the Caribbean. We fell in love with her immediately, and on 2nd November 2011, we were handed the keys and she was ours.
All that winter and spring of 2011 and 2012, Carina stayed on the hard at Queen Anne’s Battery. Julian drove down from Dawlish to Plymouth every Saturday morning and returned every Sunday evening. He spent all those long cold hours making her seaworthy and liveable – log, sea cocks, propeller, rudder, scraping and anti-fouling the hull, curtains, swabs, cleaning, tidying, taking an inventory of everything on board. The list of jobs went on and on. The biggest single (and most expensive) job was having a new engine and new fuel tank installed. But by spring of 2012, she was ready to go back in the water.