In 2005 we fell in love with and purchased on a whim, a 40-year old wooden sailboat called ARAMIS.
In good faith, without regard for value-for-money, ignoring obvious requirements to get a detailed structural survey, we paid the asking price and climbed onto the learning curve of wooden boat ownership.
After some 10 years of extensive restoration, conservation and rebuilding and a further investment well in excess of three times the purchase price, ARAMIS is now a reliable, safe and comfortable Mediterranean cruiser.
ARAMIS came with a lot of history, including documents and photos going back to the early 1970s. For continuity, we therefore decided to document the trials and tribulations of our own ownership.
It was clear that ARAMIS had been well loved and had inspired previous owners; in spite of the ups and downs of boat ownership. The history provided us with much of the motivation to continue when our common sense was telling us to cut our losses and abandon the project. It provided us with a sense of duty-of-care for this small piece of Spanish naval history.
This site was initially started for our own purposes, to facilitate access to all information concerning ARAMIS; when we needed to remind ourselves of why we did something a particular way, to find a handbook for a particular piece of equipment, to solve a problem in the electrical systems or simply get the reference number for the oil filter, it was much easier exploring HTML pages than thumbing through boxes of documents.
Sadly, we now have to offer ARAMIS for sale to make way for a larger vessel capable of crossing oceans. This site will hopefully provide a prospective owner with all of the information necessary to make an informed purchasing decision.
13 January 2017.