So, what or who is this Mutiny we hold in such high regard?
Most of you know by now that this is the name of our sailboat. But what can she do? How is she built? Is she comfortable to live in? Does she sail well? How on earth did we get her?
In this article, we will try to light some moonshine, oops, sorry; shine some moonlight on our new home.
How it all started
As you may or may not know, both of us wondered the globe for 11 years without having a steady home.
Traveling is a passion and lifestyle we both share and we couldn’t have wished for a better globetrotting and romantic partnership.
Long story short; someone planted a little but a very fertile seed in our weary heads, offering a suggestion that will keep us “on the road” but also an idea to have a roof over our heads.
“Why don’t you guys JUST by a sailboat”?
We dismissed the idea of buying a sailboat with a giggle and we were sure this old salty sailor spend a little too much time on the blue.
How could we -weary from our travels, broke, and no experience on the water- ever even come close to a sailboat without wearing an ironed polo shirt (the one with the tiny crocodile logo), marine blue boat slippers, and a fleece sweater draped over our shoulders?
Besides, don’t you need a topped up bank account matching at least 50% of Bill Gates’ fortune?
Well, apparently not…
Diving deeper in the blue world of sailboats, we soon discovered that there is more to it than just a mast, anchor, and those flapping white bedsheets called sails (flapping, we found out later, is not what these bed sheets are supposed to do).
Using YouTube, Facebook communities, books, documentaries, magazines, and of course the most enjoyable sailing school: the pubs on the docks, we slowly emerged deeper and deeper into the abyss of this liberating and exciting new world.
Looking for the right boat
Fine, we gained some knowledge about different types of keels, hull material, reefing and trimming sails, sail terminology, boat electrics, and engine types (yes, sailboats have engines too).
But which boat would suit our life best?
We have to be able to rely on a sailboat that is built to last (they all are as long as you take care of them), makes a comfortable home, and can deal with disappointments the way we do.
We had great fun checking out boats that were for sale in Greece (the main reason for moving to Greece was to be around marinas and gain experience with sailboats), but one after the other failed to meet our requirements.
Most of them were fin keelers, too small to stand up in, beyond repair, or way too expensive. We almost started to think that we would be better off buying a boat in, let’s say, Florida or the Caribbean islands…
How we met Mutiny
One day we received a call from a yacht broker. The poor man was getting pretty sick and tired of us declining his offers and stalking him for good deals and fix-em-uppers.
He had a boat on the dry as his own project to pimp her for a better price but he lacked time and resources to get his hands dirty. We didn’t…
Accompanied by salty sea dogs who know their spray, we set off to the marina, and there she was.
Lonesome and neglected, dirty and dusty, old fashioned and scarred. Just like us!
As soon as we climbed on board we knew it…this is it!
Backing up our enthusiasm were the experienced sailors and an ex surveyor (we brought along) who were equally flabbergasted by the state she was in (look through the dust and dying paintwork and there hides a sturdy hull and reliable engine), and the selling price.
There were tons of things on board that were left by the previous owner which made our decision even easier; 4 anchors, tons of lines, navigation equipment, and even a fully equipped “man-cave” (tool shed).
The broker never even sailed her and had no information what so ever about her state of operation.
He offered us E 15000,- as she is. Meaning; “I don’t know if she will float, start, or sail but there is no turning back if she fails in any way”.
As it turned out, we accepted the risk and turned our pockets inside out ‘till the last penny. Our adventure had started!
Oyster 35 Mariner Ketch Sail Yacht
Built in 1979 (one year after Ramon was manufactured), in Norfolk, England, we found out that she was a rare find.
Only 18 have been made in this ketch (two masts) model and Mutiny was 5th of the line.
In her belly, we found a sturdy Perkins 4.108, 49 HP engine and a Lavac head.
She has a nearly full keel and skeg rudder so she is made to plow ahead on rough seas (reversing her is like telling a drunk ballerina on ice to breakdance blindfolded towards the bar and return with a round of shots without spilling a drop).
The Mutiny Crew
So here we are. Living aboard Mutiny with our little black cat, Styx, and happy to start our new life afloat.
She surely sticks out between the white polished hulls of the surrounding charter yachts.
Her gell coat is fading, the paintwork is flaking, her sails are stained and the winches are rusty, but she is ours and we wouldn’t trade her for any other boat in the world!
I often hear sailors call their boats their baby (especially the sailors who try to sell us their sailboat), but we would rather call her “mum”. After all, it’s Mutiny who takes care of us in exchange for some TLC (Tender Loving Care).
She gave us a home we could have never imagined a few months ago and opened up a new log-book with blank pages for us to fill.
Feel free to take a peek in how this story has visually evolved on our video’s page or on YouTube.
Don’t expect a professional documentary like many other sailing channels.
Our budget is (extremely) low and we only use a GoPro and Android phone to try to document our daily lives for our friends, family, and fellow Mutineers.
We try to fix and repair as much as we can manage ourselves with little to no money and wisdom gained from the internet and your more-than-welcome response.
To all fellow sailors we would like to say; Thanks for welcoming us in this new world of salt, sunsets, and spray.
To all land folk; Yup, you are absolutely right. Yachties are pretty nuts but don’t be afraid to buy them a drink and listen to their stories.
To all of you: Don’t let anything stand in the way of your dreams. Nothing is impossible and the only limitations you think you have are an illusion of the mind.