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September 8th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Imagine our surprise when we arrived in a bay south of Pula called Kanalic on Labor Day and saw another Bristol anchored there.  We seldom see US flag vessels, and US built boats are even rarer.  At first glance Kent thought it was a Little Harbor because it did not have the slanted salon windows that are common on a Bristol.

We cruised by to say “hello” to the owner and confirmed that she was indeed a Bristol.

Golden Argosy IV

Golden Argosy IV

Golden Argosy IV is a Bristol 51 custom built in 1990 for a European owner with 220V electric service and a cutter rig.  Her current owner, Mario, is Italian and has sailed her in Italy and Croatia for the past ten years.  We have seen only one other Bristol 51 during our travels, but that was in the Caribbean.

Kent and Mario spent time over beers in the afternoon discussing their boats and the many projects that keep them both very busy.  Mario gave us some great suggestions on places to visit since he knows the area so well.  Kent gave Mario Dieter Empacher’s name and contact information for future reference and shared stories about cutting Ted Hood’s lawn in Marblehead as a kid.

Later in the evening when we joined Mario and his companion, Catherine for drinks, we had yet another surprise.  Catherine , who is French, lives just outside Tulear on the island of Madagascar and owns a small hotel with bungalows on the beach.  She had owned two Coton de Tulear dogs and was very happy to meet Jolie.  Jolie quickly ingratiated herself to Catherine with kisses and was rewarded with hors d’oeuvres.

Bristol 51

Bristol 51

We were invited below to see the layout of their boat, which was much like ours only larger with a third cabin with upper and lower berths.  The extra six feet give a much roomier feel and a true center line queen.  On the other hand they did not have A/C, a bow thruster or a freezer, but Kent did envy the electric winches.

It was a delightful encounter and one of the things we cherish about this adventure is the number of wonderful and interesting people we have met.

Mario & Catherine Say Goodbye

Mario & Catherine Say Goodbye

Carol, Kent & Jolie

Aboard S/V Destiny in Uvala Kanalic

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  1. September 10th, 2009 at 19:16 | #1

    I am going to miss your updates! Enjoy your winter and safe travels home!

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