We have our MMSI!

We are now registered and MMSI’ed (hmm, I may need to register that verb!). What does that mean?!

Your registration with your country is an important part of ownership AND insurance. You need to be correctly registered. Registration of a vessel is either through a legal entity like a company, or in the names of one or more individuals. They both have some advantages and disadvantages. After some research, we chose to register personally.

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We are in process to re-flagging the boat to Australian, which will also involve a renaming.

Names we are considering are:

  • Blue platypus:
    The platypus is Australian only, is rare (like our boat!), is not the most beautiful looking (and was considered a hoax when the first specimen reached Europe in 1799 – “It naturally excites the idea of some deceptive preparation by artificial means” which in clear English means “I think it’s a load of xxxx”). A freshwater monotreme, we could add the “blue” to characterise an oceanic flavour.
  • PlatypuSea:
    Similar to above, but with the ocean represented by “Sea”, and playing on the 007 Octopussy film for fun.
  • Blue emu:
    Symbolically, the Emu is a flightless bird (a power boat), has two legs (catamaran), lays blue eggs (a redundant blue?), is fast (well, perhaps us ).
    Written as the alternate Blue mu, the mu refers to the Egyptian and Phoenician word for water, in chemistry it relates to a bridging ligand which connects two metal centers (did I mention catamaran? Oh, and it’s an aluminium catamaran…), and of course I’m not asking anything in this sentence because the answer would also be mu (see references in Buddhism, Gödel, Escher, Bach, etc.).

Please leave us any thoughts on these names!

While we’re waiting, there are also some new photos of the boat.


And so, after very few trials and tribulations, we have finally closed and bought our boat!

We haven’t been updating the blog lately, but we have received the survey results, didn’t receive engine survey results, did final negotiations, waited for weeks for tooing and froing between us, the broker in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, and the seller in Belgium and Brazil. Over the next while we will update on some of these matters, in the hope of helping others.

But in the meantime, it’s an amazing feeling to have our new boat and starting a really new chapter of our lives!


Fuel efficiency and engine size

In trying to understand important concepts like fuel efficiency and engine sizing, there are advantages to not having experience with a particular boat. People often try and generalise from what they know, so if they know a particular boat or two they will believe that most boats will be the same. In my case, ignorance could be a benefit…

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