This is just a quick update on our efforts to move our boat from Hong Kong to Turkey, via a freighter.
A couple of blog entries ago, I mentioned that transporting a boat, via freighter, is never dull.
Our plan has been to deliver the boat to our boat’s manufacturer, Nordhavn, in Taiwan. They have a similar sized boat completing construction in the next couple of months that is going to Croatia. Nordhavn agreed that if I’d deliver the boat to Taiwan (only 400 miles away), they would ship my boat alongside their boat, and manage the process.
For a month, I thought this was the plan, but meanwhile, the salesman for SevenStar Yacht transport started working on me, and on Nordhavn, that we should consider shipping with Sevenstar. At first, I ignored him, but he kept reminding me that Sevenstar could pick up my boat in Hong Kong, and ship directly to Turkey. Nordhavn, on the other hand, would require me to move the boat to Taiwan, and then my boat would be delivered somewhere in Europe (an unknown destination, probably Italy), after which I’d have to run it to Turkey. Making it even more interesting, Sevenstar has a freighter shipping in Mid March, just a few weeks away. To make a long story short, I made the decision to sign up with Sevenstar, and signed the contract, and sent them a huge deposit, just last week.
Then, of course, things start to get interesting…
On Monday I was forwarded a marketing letter from Sevenstar saying that the freighter is leaving at the beginning of March, not in mid-March, as I was told. This would normally be good news, except that my boat is scheduled to be hauled-out, and bottom-painted, the first week of March. I have an email out to Sevenstar now seeking clarification.
However, that’s not really the problem. The big problem is…
For those of you who don’t read the papers, the middle east is in a bit of turmoil right now. The green line in the picture above is roughly the route the freighter would take. Just to the north of Egypt is Turkey, where my boat is headed. Ouch.
The Suez Canal is the skinny channel next to Egypt, and the bad news is that it may or may not be open over the next few months. Here’s an article from today’s headlines.
And, to make things a little more interesting, here’s another article from today’s headlines about the Seychelles (which are also somewhat near the route):
In other words, freighters carrying yachts are being captured off the Seychelles, pirates are rampart around Somalia, Egypt is in the midst of a civil war, and the Suez Canal may close.
I’m sure this is all going to work out fine, and I’ll be cruising in Turkey this summer. Or, at least, I think I’m sure….
“Boating is a lot of things, but dull is rarely one of them.”
N6805, Sans Souci