Bequia (pronounced Beqwee) is a luxuriously appointed 38 foot twin 6 cylinder diesel engined motor boat with unusually dark blue topsides. In late March Joy & I were invited on board to assist in taking her from her base in Haslar Marina to her makers, Broom Boats Ltd in Brundall on the Norfolk Boards for some modifications. The main being to hydraulically motor raising and lowering the Fly bridge structure. There were also modifications to the Galley E.G. Cooker Extractor. Her first trip was to the Scrubbing berth to remove as much ‘weed’ as possible then out of Portsmouth Harbour to our first stop Ramsgate (and fuel). From there on to Lowestoft, Waveney River Centre, Burgh Castle Marina before reaching Brooms at Brundall. It was the first real cruise for the owner and his wife and my role was to ensure nothing went wrong. I took a back seat position just monitoring and advising them both (what little there was) so that they gained a working experience between themselves. This they did with ease, mooring and passing through Locks like experts. Soon came single handed monourvering again with ease and now more confidence.
On our way from Ramsgate to Lowestoft we ran into fog and it was then we realised we hadn’t switched on the Radar. It soon became very clear and with no less than 3 separate Route Planners (2 Laptops and the ships Plotter) navigation was rather easy and our confidence grew.
Around 2 months later in June, after all the modifications and improvements had been completed I returned to Brundall to assist in moving her to Great Yarmouth, Shotley Marina, St Katherines Dock, onwards up the River Thames through the many locks passing my birth place at Sunbury-on-Thames finally berthing at Penton Hook Marina near Windsor to give the owners a private holiday.
In July I again joined Bequia to help move her from Shepperton Lock through Kingston upon Thames, Chelsea Harbour Pier, Ramsgate, Brighton finally returning to her home port at Haslar Marina. We covered around 650 Nmiles in a total of just over 2 weeks. It was such an experience sailing (Motoring) on such a fine executive Motor vessel. By this stage and having later passaged throughout Holland are now very accomplished sailors or should I say “Motor yachtists”?