Wilhelm 'Willi' Hartl
This website is about my boating hobby, in particular sharing my Mediterranean cruise logs and further experience regarding yachting and my boat.
Motor Yacht 'Tarilian'
From 2010, having released the time constraints of full-time employment, my partner Jane and I started getting serious with our own motor boat.
In 2011, cruising on our own steam from Falmouth to the Med along the Atlantic coast, via Gibraltar and towards the Balearic islands;
in 2012, across the Mediterranean sea, taking in the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, and round the Italian heel to the Adriatic sea and Croatia.
The story of our voyage from Cornwall to the Adriatic sea unfolds on page 2010-2012 Falmouth to the Med
From 2013 Tarilian has been based in Croatia as our 'summer resort'. The numerous Dalmatian islands have provided a practically inexhaustable cruising area.
Read about our boating in Croatia and beyond, on pages 2013-2016 Adriatic Cruises and 2017-2020 Croatia boating.
Full details about my boat, our experience and customization, are on page Tarilian - Trader 535.
Earlier cruises on charter boats
Jane and I had been chartering motor yachts (bareboat) in Croatia year after year from 2000 to 2010. In 2008 and 2009 we chartered in Turkey, too. These cruises were lovely, and inspired our desire to have our own boat in the Med. We hold on to fond memories of the trips of those days.
Trying out a range of different yachts in the Med over the years also provided us with valuable practical experience regarding the choice of the right vessel for us.
I am Austrian; from my native town of Vienna I moved to the UK in 1994. I live with my partner, Jane, in West London.
I am a supporter of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), whose skipper training courses I did.
I enjoy coastal cruising in the UK and, preferrably, in warmer climes, as long as it is a kind of boat which I can helm myself.
"Messing in (motor) boats" intrigues me; taken seriously, boat ownership is a complex and engaging hobby and a varied pastime.
Getting afloat means to me getting into nature and escaping from daily grind. As a cruising boater, I enjoy the freedom and liberty to roam; we mostly sail as a couple.
Nautical interest did not come early into my life in Vienna: I took up an inland sailing course at the age of 32; first sailing trips at sea did not make me feel comfortable, anyhow. It was years later, living in the UK, when I rekindled my interest, acquired some confidence, and bought my first own small cruiser in 1998.
It's been a long learning experience since, one which never ends and can always surprise.
Anyhow, I always liked taking photos and capture memories on journeys.
My cruise logs are illustrated travel journals for myself, friends and family.
It's personal stuff, and I am pleased to share those memories.
Thanks for your interest,
You can contact me by sending email to info&whartl.com (replace & with @).
... the white houses on the harbour side will glide slowly past us as she gathers steering-way, and the voyage will have begun! ... once outside, the sounding slap of great green seas as she heels to the wind, pointing South! And you, you will come too, young brother; for the days pass, and never return, and the South still waits for you. (The Wind in the Willows)
Motor & Sail: Beauty and the Beast (who is who?)
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