This is the logbook of the motor yacht Cimarron, published to keep in touch with friends and to encourage everyone to explore Europe by water. The beautiful countries criss-crossed by canals and rivers all look dramatically different when seen from a boat. It is possible to cross Europe, all in fresh water, from Biscay to the Black Sea and from the Mediterranean to the Baltic.
2014 has our camper trip in the United States and 2016 another camper trip in New Zealand, nothing to do with boats but a lot of fun. “Previous Incarnations” contains pictures of farming and house building in Ireland and a few of the more interesting ships in a previous career.
Many of the better photographs were taken by Vivienne Whiffen, Chief Mate and professional photographer; see her website at www.viviennewhiffen.com.
Contact peter at cimarron dot online.
Cimarron was built by Altena in 1990. A Dutch steel single screw motor yacht with a 135hp Ford Lehman engine, Kalkman bow thruster and Ruggerini generator. A laptop with PC Navigo and GPS, ICOM A.I.S. class B transceiver, V.H.F., Lowrance chart plotter and echo sounder help with navigation. A Rogue Wave WiFi aerial and router enables communications with the internet. Satellite television is provided by a Ten Haaft Oyster V automatic dish.
She is 13.8m x 4.1m x 1.25m draft. With an air draft of 3.0m with canopy and mast down and the wheelhouse windows folded down, she can travel most rivers and canals in Continental Europe. An inflatable boat with a 4hp Mercury outboard helps enjoyment of smaller waterways.
Cimarron is equipped with AIS and is listed (MMSI: 235075023) on http://www.vesselfinder.com and http://www.marinetraffic.com. Because of the lower number of AIS reporting stations on inland waterways the coverage has lengthy gaps; a much bigger gap with no reporting occurs when in winter layup. Eagle eyed readers will notice that from late 2019 to mid 2020 Marine Traffic has been listing Cimarron as fishing in the Thames Estuary, someone incorrectly entered our MMSI number and Vessel Finder has been showing us in the Seine, due to shortages of stations in Northern France.
Vivienne’s photographs were taken with Canon EOS, Panasonic Lumix, a Lumia Windows Phone and now a Huawei P30 Plus.
Peter’s photographs were taken with Vivitar, Canon Ixus, Lumia Windows Phone, then a Moto G4 Plus, now a Moto G7 Plus.
No pictures have been harmed with any editing or enhancement, they show the world as it really is!
Links to websites mostly in Andalucia:-
In December 2016 we adopted Molly, a rescue dog from the Estepona dog shelter Adana. She did shore based training and became ready to join the ship as 2nd Mate for the 2017 season. She is a Gos d’Atura Catala or Catalan Sheepdog and had been neglected, painfully thin and matted coat, she responded well to a bit of care and attention.
Here you can see her keeping a sharp lookout to port for Dutch dogs on the canal bank. She learned to bark in Dutch and German very quickly, she had mastered Catalan, Spanish and English already.