I’m a very lucky feline! I now have a mini-fleet of boats!
My main boat and home, Nocturne, is a Tayana 37.
She’s the perfect blue water cruising boat. She’s more than capable of crossing oceans, very comfy inside AND she’s beautiful! We lovingly nickname her ‘Noccy’.
It was the legend Bob Perry who designed the Tayana 37s back in 1975. Nocturne was built in 1979. So she’s quite a lot older than me and she’s even older than my mum… she’s not older than dad though… he’s old!
Nocturne is a full keeled double ender which means she’s very sturdy and comfortable to sail in, in any weather. The cockpit is small and secure with high coamings which offer protection from high seas, but I’m either below deck or in my travel case which is strapped in if we are underway!
The interior below deck is, in my whiskery opinion, stunning. There are no two Tayanas the same as they were all semi-custom built. Obviously Nocturne is the best! My humans love the comfy V-berth and I love the top of the wardrobe. The saloon has lots of storage space and we have a full ships library that now includes my very own book! The table also drops down to make a double berth as well as the sofa on the opposite side so we can happily welcome guests on board.
Nocturne was based in Seattle for most of her life and her previous owners have done lots of exciting trips in her including across the pacific. We have the logs of where she’s been and what they did and it makes really interesting reading. My favourite is the Alaska log as it seems so cool and different to our experiences in sunny Italy.
Our main dinghy and family car is a Caribe MVP-10 (10 foot) with a Suzuki 15HP 4 stroke outboard. Her name is ‘Nippy’ because she can go really fast! She’s a fantastic boat in her own right giving us the possibility to go ashore quickly and efficiently whenever we want. It’s so powerful that if we ever need to, we could use it to tow Nocturne or help out other boats in distress. It’s pawesomeness is only let down by it’s size and difficulty getting it on and off deck (particularly the 45kg outboard).
My purrsonal sailing dinghy and the newest addition to our feline fleet is a Walker Bay 8. We’ve named her ‘Nauti’ because without the wind she misbehaves! She’s purrfect for hours of fun sailing around and she easily converts into a cute little rowing dinghy when I feel the humans need more exercise!
We also have ‘Nada’ a Sevylor Adventure Plus kayak, it doesn’t move unless the humans paddle! I prefer it to be on the deck though because it provides the purrfect shady spot! If it’s deflated it’s easily stored in the lazerette.
We love Nocturne (and the mini-fleet!), sailing, the ocean and life afloat!