Saturday, July 22, 2023

S/Y Sea of Joy has been Sold

On Friday, July 21th 2023 we sold our boat to a very competent Swiss sailing family.

For 20 years we were very happy on board of Sea of Joy. We sailed her over 34,900 sm in all Mediterranean seas. 

Now we wish the new owners many joyful cruises and a lot of happy experiences.

Monday, June 5, 2023

Sea of Joy Starts New Season 2023

As Sea of Joy is for sale now, we wanted to make sure everything is working ok.
After servicing the motor, changing oil, oilfilter, dieselfilter, and gearbox-oil we mounted 2 new V-belts and a new impeller.
For the stove we mounted a new gas pipe and a new regulator.

On Wednesday, May 25th my brother Andreas and I started south via Piran into Umag in Croatia, where at the harbormaster's we payed the boat arrival notification fee for 2023. It amounted to 87.60 Eur and is valid until 2023-12-31.
As Croatia is now member of Schengen there is no need for European boats to declare entry or exit anymore.
And the currency is now EUR, so it is much easier to sail in Croatia alltogether.


With nice northeasterly wind we sailed south, passing Novigrad and finally anchored in Uvala Sv.Martin, where we enjoyed the fine weather for 3 days swimming, working and reading.

Sunday 29th we sailed back north and without declaring exit for the first time we left Croatia again, rounded Savudrija lighthouse and moored again safely at our mooring place in Marina Izola. Everything worked fine and contentedly we had a nice dinner at Gostilnja Doro in the quiet village-center of Izola.

We sailed 11h and logged 50sm in 4 days.
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Friday, May 19, 2023

S/Y Sea of Joy: Short-time Bargain for 195,000.- Eur

A marvellous boat for a wonderful price available only for a short period.
Mooring place in Izola, Slovenia included until May 2024.

In 2003 we bought this beautiful boat brand-new from Alubat in France.

Now, after enjoying sailing and cruising intensely for 20 years, our interests have changed.

We won't spend as much time on board anymore and our children don't want to use the boat to the extent that justifies a full ownership.

So we decide to sell the boat still as first owner at a reasonable price.

We appointed the accredited surveyor, Ing. Ingolf Schneider, MASc, from Schneider Yacht Experts to carefully assess the condition of the boat. 

He rates the fair market value at EUR 227,000.- including VAT. 

Here you can read his report in German: Besichtigungsbericht Nagler Alubat 435

Here you find the advertisement on

More details you find here.

We hope that competent next owners will have a lot of joy with this boat!

Sea of Joy in Venice

Ein wunderbares Boot zu einem traumhaften Preis, nur kurze Zeit verfügbar.
Jahres-Liegeplatz in der Marina Izola in Slowenien bis Mai 2024 inkludiert.

2003 kauften wir dieses herrliche Boot neu von Alubat in Frankreich.

Nach 20 Jahren Freude am Segeln haben sich unsere Interessen geändert.

Wir werden nicht mehr so viel Zeit an Bord verbringen und auch unsere Kinder wollen das Boot nicht in dem Ausmaß nutzen, das einen Vollbesitz rechtfertigt. 

Somit überlegen wir, das Boot als Erstbesitz zu einem angemessenen Preis zu verkaufen.

Wir haben den zertifizierten Gutachter, Herrn Ing. Ingolf Schneider, MASc, von Schneider Yacht Experts beauftragt, den Zustand des Bootes sorgfältig zu erheben. 

Er schätzt den fairen Marktwert auf 227.000,- Eur. inkl. MwSt. 

Hier lesen Sie sein Gutachten auf deutsch: Besichtigungsbericht Nagler Alubat 435

Hier kommen Sie zum advertisement on

Weitere Details finden Sie hier.

Wir hoffen, dass neue kompetente Besitzer gleichviel Freude mit dem Boot haben werden!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Lots of Winds and Dolphins in September

Dolphin in Kvarner
 I looked forward to my new professional crew Andrea and Robert. They boarded Sea of Joy on Saturday September 10th in Marina Izola Marina. After a welcome prosecco we bought supplies in Trieste and had a traditional Slovenian dinner at Gostilna Doro. Sunday morning we left Izola, rounded Savudrija lighthouse, and declared entry in Umag. With nice westerly winds we sailed south along Novigrad, Porec, Vrsar, and anchored finally in Uvala Grota south of Rovinj for a swim, pasta and a peaceful night. 

Sunrise south of Rovinj

Before dawn next day we lifted the anchor and motored south. At sunrise we set sail and continued west of the Brijuni islands. With fair, but varying winds we passed Porer lighthouse and crossed the Kvarner Gulf. Incredibly often Andrea and Robert spotted many dolphins accompanying our boat. 

Sunset at Susak
After some 50sm and 10 hours of slow sailing we anchored in westward Uvala Porat of Otok Susak in splendid turquoise waters. We enjoyed a relaxing swim, a beautiful sunset, a nice pasta with vegetables, and a quiet night.  

Happy Crew
After a long morning swim and a rich breakfast we practised some MOB manouevres and moored alongside in Susak harbor, welcomed by the friendly harbormaster. We took a hike to the lighthouse and the upper village with its cemetery and beautiful church. After stepping down to the lower village we had a nice lunch at Sansegus. As the weather forecast warned us about increasing southeasterly winds we left Susak and motored westward to find shelter in Luka Unije for the night. Even here some dolphins came right into the bay. 

Evening in Luka Unije

Before sunrise, to make proper use of the strong southeasterly, we set our genua only and crossed Kvarner Gulf at a nice speed around 7kn. We passed Porer lighhouse at 9am and continued west of Briunji island to Pucini lighthouse west of Rovinj. Finally we took shelter in the small bay north of Vrsar behind Otocic Cavata. Weather forecast promised max 22kn southerly wind with up to 2.5m waves, which should prove no problem for our sturdy boat tomorrow.

Screenshot Grib Forecast
Thursday 15th after some breakfast we started early northwards with genua on 1st reef only.  It was fascinating sailing with strong 30kn winds from behind. As a precautionary measure we put on our life jackets and secured ourselves to some strong fittings of our boat. We reduced the genua to 3rd reef and shortened it further when the ship electronics warned us that we surpassed windspeeds of more than 40kn. As we had to declare exit from Croatia anyway, we decided to sail into Umag. Luckily we passed the shallow entry into the harbor. Somewhat exhausted and tired we decided to spend the rest of the day and night in ACI Marina Umag. After a short celebration with some prosecco we got some sleep. In the evening Andrea and Robert found a nice restaurant in the city and brought some sweets, which we enjoyed late at night.

Andrea Sailing

Next morning the wind slowed down but weather forecast warned us about some Bora starting in the afternoon. So we bunkered diesel, declared exit and sailed our last leg with slow winds to Izola, where we arrived at noon just before strong northeasterly winds started to blow. During a thunderstorm with torrential rain we celebrated our save return with a good dinner at Gostilna Sonja.

Map of Track

We sailed 40h and logged 180sm in 6 days. 

You may download our track in gpx-format or view it directly on GoogleMaps