My husband purchased Holmwood from her previous owner Grahame Knott, he collected Holmwood from Portland Harbour and brought her to Huggins boatyard, Torpoint Cornwall.
Shortly after she arrived in Torpoint she went to Mashfords Shipbuilders, Cremyll to have extensive work carried out before she was taken back to Torpoint for her new extension and internal work. All work carried out on Holmwood with the exemption of below the water line was carried out by ourselves.
Once she had most of the internal work completed she left Torpoint and stayed at Mayflower marina while she had sea trials, the compass swinger visit and last minute checks, we left Mayflower marina at 5.30am on 26th July 2006 to sail to Cyprus.
We started our journey on a warm sunny day and had good weather for most of our 21 day trip, we called into Port Leixos Portagal for 3 days, Gibralta for one day and Malta for 1 half days before finely arriving in Larnacca marina Cyprus on the 14th August 2006.
We were promised a permenant berth in Larnacca and a contract for Holmwood, unfortunately neither existed, we stayed in the visitors area of Larnacca marina until early October, we had to start thinking about moving soon as there would soon be bad storms making it impossible to stay where we were, the marina had a 9 year waiting list.
We decided to try our luck in Turkey after being told by many English yachties how wonderful Turkey was, we were soon on our way to Marmaris and decided to stay at Yacht Marine, 8 km outside Marmaris town, we stayed in Turkey for the next 6 months so we could carry out further work on Holmwood, this included steel work and pipe fabrication, stainless steel work being very reasonable in Turkey, we also purchased a new 3 phase 10 kilowatt generator at a very reasonable cost.
We found Turkey very frustrating as we found we were very restricted at what we could and could not do, purchasing a small drum of stern tube oil from UK was our biggest challenge, what sounded like a drum of oil door to door delivery turned into a complete nightmare. The cost of the oil became £800 and took 3 months to arrive.
We eventually left Turkey on April 11th to visit Rhodes on route to Malta, we had to re fuel in Rhodes as we were unable to buy fuel in Turkey or take any crew. Gordon an English engineer joined us in Rhodes, he had to travel by Ferry even though he was our neighbour in Turkey, he joined us for our 4 day trip to Malta.
We spent the next 4 years in Malta staying on Manoel Island marina but decided to take Holmwood back to UK after large price increases in the marina, we left Manoel Island marina at the end of June 2011 and headed for Marsalok to carry out maintenanace and have Holmwood surveyed before our departure for UK.
On the 4th August 2011 after her lift out in Malta we took Holmwood back to UK via Mazalla Del Vallo, Ibiza, Gibraltar, Cascais and Bayonna to eventually arrive in Plymouth Sound on the 3rd September 2011. We are now alongside a pontoon in Huggins Boatyard Torpoint Cornwall.
Holmwood stayed in Torpoint for the next 3 years until July 2014 when we left Huggins Boatyard and took Holmwood to Polruan Cornwall for further maintenance and a survey, she now has a new berth in Yacht Haven, Mount Batten Plymouth.
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