Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pulling Up to the Rock

Martin and our trusted captain, Patrice.
Martin and his crew should just be pulling into Gibraltar as I type this.  I just got off the phone with Martin and he was starting his watch.  Each crew member (there are 3 of them) are taking 4-hour shifts.  Martin's shifts are from 10-2 in the evening and 10-2 in the afternoon.  We had a good talk and it is always nice to get connected with him even though we are going on 4 weeks without being with each other.  It really is so hard and I can't believe that it will be another month until I see him.  This was not part of the bargain, and I am really not happy about us being apart for so long.  Okay, okay, I'll stop my complaining, you've all read this before.
Martin said that the weather has been chilly and windy.  They have been mostly motoring Amara because they are trying to make up for lost time.  The wind is not in their favor and they need to get through the strait of Gibraltar before the weather kicks up again.  They have been going at an average 9 knots so far.
Our mate, Garry.
Boat Tour!

A lot of people have requested some photos of Amara.  Well, since I'm not there, I couldn't take actual photos of Amara and Martin and team are a little busy at the moment.  So, I thought I would post some photos that I grabbed off the internet, as well as some photos of a Lagoon 560 that I took at an actual boat show in Cannes, France this fall.
Amara's Layout -- 4 Cabin Version
Back deck.  Taken at a boat show.  
I grabbed this off the internet.  
This is what Amara looks like on the water 
(Minus all the people hanging out in the water.)
This is what our salon looks like, but our
cushions are a brown leather instead of white.

The top deck (fly bridge).
The top deck behind the Captain's chair.
Amara has four state rooms.  This is the owner's cabin.
Meaning, this will be my home for the next year or so.
This is another VIP cabin.  Basically, this is
what the remaining two bedrooms look like as well.
Each bedroom has it's own bathroom (head).
This is similar to our dinghy/tender.
The swim platform lifts and lowers
the tender into the water.  
Part of the back deck.  A place I will be
found for a lot of the trip. 
So there, that gives you an idea of what Amara looks like.  As soon as I get on the boat and get all her bedding on, pillows put away in pillow cases and plates and silverware aligned in their proper drawers, I'll do a video and give you the grand tour.  Until then, I hope this gives you a better idea of what our beautiful Amara looks like.