Owner and founder of Essential Cruising Supplies Ltd. Grenada (Est. 2015)
Long distance sailor/cruiser and full time live-on-board in since 2008 arriving in Grenada in 2010.
Work permit holder plus I carry third party liability for any damage I should cause on-board your boat.
It all started off when I was 13 years old when I moved from England to Cape Town, South Africa in 1975 as an only child after my parents had sold their business in UK to retire to SA and my father bought a wooden 38ft cabin cruiser "The Duchess" on auction. I then went on to helping him re-plank and re-build everything on her over 3 years. After launching, we fished her commercially for many years out of False Bay in Cape Town and that is how my love of the sea started.
After many years of working in corporate and running my own business, the violence in Durban Kwa Zulu Natal SA escalated such that I sold up our home and all of our belongings and with my 8 year old daughter moved down to Cape Town, SA onto a catamaran as our safe new home.
I then started to assist my ex-partner in his business theyachtdeliveryteam.blogspot.com/ where himself and his business partner plus their captains delivered mainly catamarans world-wide out of Cape Town so I was running the admin side of the business plus I was the "weather tracker" and communicated same to them at sea via their sat phones so they would have a bigger picture than just grib files and now and again I was able to reschedule to join him on deliveries.
Then in 2009 I went on to handle the completion of an Admiral 38ft catamaran "Nauti Cat" that I had financial interests in. This was done with a team of boat builders on "the hard" in Cape Town after she was taken out of the factory due to threat of closure (the company is now owned by my friend, Tim of Celtic Yachts and they are building quality catamarans to this day). Our cat was not even half completed when I got her out of the factory, i.e. no electrics, woodwork, plumbing, engines, rigging, etc. so she was a big job to finish off over a six month period to be able to sail her to Grenada!
I have been a permanent “live-on-board” sailor/cruiser since 2007 in South Africa and we have lived on-board in Prickly Bay since October 2010 sailing across the Atlantic from Cape Town, South Africa via St Helena Island, Brazil & Suriname with crew and my then 7 year old daughter who has attended junior and high school here since our arrival and is now home schooling with Khan Academy on-line.
I was a Grenada Cruisers radio net controller for nearly 7 years and was part of the Grenada Coast Guard auxiliary team for 2 years until I unfortunately had to give both up due to business commitments, therefore having been in Grenada on a permanent basis for so many years, I have a wealth of local knowledge in both the sailing industry and life in general in Grenada.