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The Start - 2010 in FALMOUTH, UK
'Tarilian' is a Trader 535 Signature, a traditional 53.5ft (16.3m) semi-displacement flybridge motor cruiser with spatious aft cabin and aft deck.
I bought the boat from her first owner and had her refurbished and upgraded in Falmouth. Tarilian had spent her time cruising in Spain, so was generally equipped for Mediterranean cruising.
More details and photos of the boat are on my Tarilian Trader535 page.
Here are a few images from the first season we had the boat in Cornwall.
Tarilian is being launched, after her long storage at Falmouth Yacht Brokers' yard, in May 2010.
On a visitor pontoon in Fowey, July 2010
View from the fly-bridge over Fowey harbour
Jane watching yachts racing in the Pendennis Cup as they round the Menacles buoy.
'Family yacht'. Suits the grandchildren and has got a bathing platform waiting for the right weather.
With new covers, preparing to go to sleep in late autumn.
Stored ashore at Falmouth Boat Yard. Being lifted in the course of stern gear work in spring.
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CRUISING FROM FALMOUTH TO THE MED 2011
The new season has started and the boat is, after a few complications, ready to go.
Tarilian in Port Pendennis marina, on the morning of departure
On Easter Sunday, April 24th, we set out from Falmouth for our journey 180deg South. April 25th, after a direct crossing of nearly 30 hours we arrive at La Rochelle.
The plan had been to transfer the boat to La Coruna, but crossing the bay of Biscay the following night we encounter a serious technical problem on one engine's turbo, and decide to approach the nearer port of Santander. Here the boat will stay in the secure marina and be serviced by Volvo engineers to be ready for our long summer cruise.
In June 2011 we start our journey from Santander to the Med, following the Atlantic coast around the Iberian peninsula.
The first part along Galicia's coast includes visits to its Rias; then all the way South along the Portuguese coast, visiting Porto and Lisbon; subsequent highlights include the Algarve, finally reaching Andalusian Spain and our intermediate destination of Gibraltar in July.
Based on my blog at the time, I put together a cruise report of the journey with photos.
View the first part of the cruise report, Log 2011 Part 1 "Falmouth to Gibraltar" (pdf 11MB).
Log 2011 Part1
In August Jane and I return to Gibraltar and set out for the second part of our 2011 journey to the Med. This leads us along the Costa de Sol and Costa Blanca to the Balearic Islands, with the final destination of Menorca.
Over the winter Tarilian stays at Pedro's Boat Yard in Mahon.
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MEDITERRANEAN ISLANDS VOYAGE 2012
We return to Mahon in spring 2012 and continue our journey East across the Med: From Menorca to Alghero, along Sardinia's North coast to Olbia, visiting La Maddalena and the Costa Smeralda, finally across to Sicily.
In July we return to the boat and spend a few days in and around Palermo.
Our cruise Menorca to Palermo in May/June 2012, and the visit to Palermo in July, are documented in
Log 2012 "Mediterranean Voyage" Part 1 (pdf 10MB).
Log 2012 Mediterranean Voyage Part 1
In August Jane and I return to Palermo to continue our cruise to the Aeolian islands and, through the Messina strait, to Sicily’s Etna region.
Then along Italy's Ionian coast towards the Strait of Otranto, and following Italy’s Adriatic coast North.
Finally, from Vieste, across the Adriatic sea to the Dalmatian islands and the mainland of Croatia, our target destination.
In early September we complete our journey on schedule, and berth Tarilian permanently in Central Dalmatia.