Sabena B747 Captain, I retired in May '98 ...and started looking for another ship to replace my beloved Jumbo. I had previously been sailing for a number of years and was looking for:
1) A sea going-sail boat, easy enough to handle by elderly crew ( = a ketch rigging + wide gangways + secure bulwarks ).
2) A powerful riverboat that we could still enjoy the days physical fitness would limit our sea/sail going capabilities ( = big reliable diesel engine +low draft + beam wide enough for comfort, BUT narrow enough to fit in small river locks ).
3) A ship big enough to accomodate 2 couples in separate quarters on a live-aboard basis ( = standing headroom throughout + large windows ) ...and small enough to be handled by 2 persons.
We were actually looking for 3 boats in one, all within our budget!!! After months of tackling what seemed to be the squaring of the circle, we found BALISTES for sale by her first and only owner.
We bought her, and enjoyed her thoroughly ever since , both in the Med (3 years) and along the Dutch and French rivers and canals (boat is equipped with masts downfolding system). Now that we have plans to emigrate to South America, we nevertheless reluctantly, need to consider parting from Balistes.
In that prospect, she was given a thorough lifting in 2003, new paint etc... in MACON Shipyard in Gent, Belgium. A complete survey of the ship by renown independent survey bureau: International Nautical Services (Marine & Cargo Worldwide Independent Surveyors) took place on Apr 12, 2004, to determine the present value of the ship.
Excerpts from the Report:
1/ Present Market Value (April 2004): 148.000€.
2/ The new built value on the Western European market is estimated at 395.000 €.
3/ Copy of report available on request.
The ship is presently moored in the Brussels Royal Yacht Club.
Pls contact CPT PAQUAY
Tél/Fax: 00 32 2 763 14 78
Mobile: 00 32 475 92 77 03
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