Bluewater Cruising in Ancient Egypt?



When we think of Ancient Egypt, we think of  the pyramids, the desert, the Nile, mummies and the afterlife. Most of us don't think of sailing. However, boats are the common thread that tie these symbols of Ancient Egypt together.

Just this past week, Archaeologists have discovered a more than 4,000-year-old tomb decorated with colorful drawings and sculptures hidden beneath the sands of Saqqara, the sprawling royal burial ground located in the desert near Cairo, Egypt.



Hieroglyphs carved above the tomb’s door identify its owner as a man named Wahtye, who served King Neferirkare of the Old Kingdom’s fifth dynasty, which ruled from around 2500 to 2350 B.C. Other carvings spell out Wahtye’s lofty titles, including royal purification priest, royal supervisor and inspector of the sacred boat.

At a press conference announcing the tomb’s discovery, Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, called the find “one of a kind in the last decades,” National Geographic reported.

Vibrantly colored and well-preserved reliefs adorn the tomb’s approximately 33 foot-by-10-foot gallery, featuring images of Wahtye with his wife, mother and other relatives. Scenes of musical performances, wine and pottery making, sailing, hunting and making funerary furniture also come to life in drawings on the tomb’s walls.

Egyptians built some of the earliest boats ever recorded.
Some of the earliest boats ever recorded belonged to the Egyptians. Paintings depicting ships appear on ancient Egyptian vases and murals around the year 6,000 BCE. Much of Egyptian civilization developed along the Nile River, making maritime transportation essential to trade. The first ships were built with papyrus reeds and were propelled by rowers using oars. As time passed, sails appeared and wood replaced papyrus. The wooden boats were modeled after the papyrus boats: they had flat bottoms, no keels, and square sterns. The wooden planks were held together with rope, and the spaces between the planks were caulked with reeds. These were sailed in addition to being rowed. Ancient Egyptian sails were square.

Most of these ships were ships of trade; they carried Egyptian goods to other Mediterranean lands, and brought back goods from those lands to Egypt. Other Egyptian boats were part of an Egyptian Navy. The Royal Fleet fought Egypt’s enemies, and enforced shipping law on the Nile. Individual religious temples sometimes had fleets of ships. Egyptians also used their ships for exploration. During the reign of Queen Hatshepsut, explorers visited the eastern coast of Africa. Under Rameses III, Egyptians made a crossing of the Indian Ocean.

The construction of the Pyramids and other famous Egyptian monuments would not have been possible without boats. Ancient Egyptian Boats even crossed the desert. They were designed to be deconstructed and then carried across the sand to be launched again for exploration of the Red Sea.

Boats were such an important part of Egyptian life, they were integrated into religion and mythology.

A solar barge (also solar bark, solar boat, sun boat) is a mythological representation of the sun riding in a boat. Many early Egyptian goddesses/sun deities, as well as the gods Ra and Horus, are sometimes depicted as riding in a solar barge. In Egyptian myths of the afterlife, Ra rides in an underground channel from west to east every night so that he can rise in the east the next morning.

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J BOATS J/42 - SCHEMATIC




Schematic is a classic J Boats J/42 that has been optimized for racing and cruising.  Her recent paint on her hull and carbon shines and she appears to be a much newer boat.  This (J-42) has the teak toe rail package, a brand new Quantum mainsail and jib, B&G electronics and a host of other performance-enhancing features.  If you have sailed the Chesapeake Bay during the last 20 years you have probably been passed by SCHEMATIC.  Highly Recommended.   Shoal Keel Carbon Rig painted 2015' Quantum Sails New Main and Jib (Quantum) 18' Recent Standing Rigging 15' Recent Flag Blue Awl Grip 15' Recent cabin sole 15'


Port side profile of this fast racer, J Boats J/42 Schematic

BOAT SPECS

  • Year : 1997
  • Price : us$129,000 *
  • Location annapolis, md, united states
  • Length : 42'

ADDITIONAL SPECS, EQUIPMENT AND INFORMATION:

DimensionsLOA: 42 ft 0 in
Beam: 13 ft 5 in
LWL: 36 ft 5 in
Minimum Draft: 5 ft 5 in
Displacement: 19700 lbs
Ballast: 7500 lbs

EnginesTotal Power: 47 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH3E
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Engine Power: 47 HP


TanksFresh Water Tanks: (100 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (61 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (20 Gallons)

AccommodationsNumber of heads: 2
AccomodationsThis J/42 Sailboat has a spacious forward stateroom with twin berths (convertible to an over-size double) and ample drawer, bin cabinet & hanging locker space. A forward head is private to forward stateroom. The aft head is ideally located for use at sea, and a private head for guests, and a separate shower when there are no guests. The main cabin of the (J-Boats J42) features a classic Herreshoff interior, with two 6'6" main settees. The drop-leaf table is arranged away from the bulkhead, so guests aren't trapped during a meal. The nav station on this (J/42 for sale) has an over-sized table w/chart storage, overhead panel for instrument mounting & book/binocular storage bin. The double aft stateroom has four opening ports and hatches, a changing seat, hanging locker, bureau w/cabinet, and bedding storage shelf. The large cockpit can accommodate a party for 10.
GalleyThe (J boats J-42) galley is well ventilated next to the companionway and features a recessed, deep double sink. Unique is the combination cutting board and drop-in galley seat for easier meal preparation at sea.
  • Force 10 3 burner propane stove with broiler
  • 6.3 cubic foot ice box with Sea Frost engine drive refrigeration with 110v assist
  • Double SS sinks
  • Sea Gull water purifier
  • Trash storage compartment
  • Teak trimmed cutting/serving/seat tray
  • New Cabin Sole 2015
 
Electrical Systems2 105 amp house batteries and one engine starting battery, Link 2000R battery monitor, Bass DC panel, Nav and combo steaming/deck light/tricolor masthead light with anchor light, windex light7 swiveling reading lights, nav station light 5 dome lights, 2 fluorescent lights in heads, propane solenoid switch, A/C panel, Battery charger, shore power and cord
Hull and Deck
  • Navy Blue Awlgrip Hull with white boot stripe and gold cove stripe. 2015
  • Seattle grey two-tone deck, red bottom paint. Shoal keel,
  • Teak ORC forward toerail, T track amidships and aft (J/44 style) in lieu of standard alloy toerail.
  • Carbon fiber mast and spinnaker pole, rod rigging,
  • Lewmar concept windlass, with gypsy and capstan with the appropriately sized ground tackle. bow roller
  • Custom Deck Layout as found on the J/44 2 Lewmar 50 STC primary winches 6 Lewmar 44 STC secondary winches / mainsheet / reefing / halyards Complete spinnaker gear with carbon fiber pole. 2 spin halyards, 2 Jib halyards, Harken roller furling
  • Numerous line stoppers, blocks, and gear necessary to operate the vessel and its equipment.
  • Dodger
  • Bimini
Quantum Sails and Rigging
  • Quantum Fusion Mainsail New (sailed once!)
  • Quantum #1 LT Fusion Genoa New (still in bag!) 155%
  • Quantum #1 Fusion M Genoa 155%
  • Quantum #2 Woven Dacron RF Genoa
  • Quantum #3 Fusion 103% Jib
  • Quantum #4 Dacron Jib 85%
  • Quantum Spinnaker
  • New Standing Rigging 2015
  • Mast and boom painted 2015
Electronics and Navigation on the J Boats J/42
  • B&G Zeus T7
  • Furuno Radar with SS gimbaled radar mast on transom
  • Garmin 440 GPS
  • SEA 322 Single Sideband
  • B&G Hydra 2
  • Majestic PC display
  • Icom M504 VHF
Cockpit Electronics
  • 2- B&G Hydra 2 displays in companionway garage
  • 2-B&G 20/20 displays in companionway garage
  • 2-B&G H-3000 at main trimmer position P&S
  • B&G Hydra Pilot at helm crash bar with below decks ram
 
Additional Equipment
  • Cockpit Shower
  • Life Sling
  • 3 Blade Max Prop rebuilt 2015
  • Aluminum Fortress anchor
  • Electric Lewmar Windlass
  • Dock Lines/Fenders
  • Upgraded Alternator
To learn more about this J Boats (J/42 for sale) or to view all of our listings, please visit:

http://forbesyachts.com

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"V I X E N" Arrives

The first X-Yachts Xc-38 on the Mid-Atlantic is unloaded in Baltimore harbor.  Notice something missing?  X-Yachts are so well designed, that they are able to utilize a single point lift for launching. Keep your eyes out for "V I X E N" cruising along Chesapeake.



 
 
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X-Yachts X4 wins Cruising World's 'Best Full-Sized Cruiser Under 50 Feet!'



THE WINNER OF THE 2017 BEST FULL-SIZE CRUISER UNDER 50 FEET.

Winner: X-Yachts X4

Many sailors believe that sizewise, the sweet spot for cruising boats lies somewhere between 40 and 50 feet. That was certainly the case in the 2017 Boat of the Year contest, where five strong competitors — the Catalina 425, Dufour 460 Grand Large, Elan Impression 45, Hallberg-Rassy 40 MK II and X-Yachts X4 — constituted the fleet’s single biggest class. When it came to deciding which was the best, the judges certainly had their work cut out for them.

As previously noted, the panel was duly smitten by the Catalina 425. The French builder Dufour has also found much success in the BOTY competition; its 382 was named Best Midsize Cruiser for 2016. This year the company entered a larger yacht, the Dufour 460, which also drew praise from the judging team.

Tim Murphy said: “The boat is part of a series that includes the Dufour 500 and 560, and there’s a definite theme among all of them. The design writ called for a boat intended for coastal cruising and social cruising, with the ability to make passages but not for long-term living aboard. And there are some interesting innovations. They have a pop-up galley in the stern with a grill, sink and fish-cleaning platform. They’re aiming at a whole lifestyle, I think. Down below, they’ve inverted the traditional layout of a cruising boat by putting the galley all the way forward. It was unusual, but it really worked. And it was pretty darn nice to sail. It’s kind of the middle boat in this grouping; some of the others have extreme features off to the sides. There are a lot of good things going on here.”

Good things were also happening aboard the 45-foot Elan Impression. “Elan’s E and S lines are performance-oriented, while the Impressions are dedicated cruising boats,” said Murphy. “There are four boats in this line, all designed by the renowned British designer Rob Humphreys. They’re different from the performance lines, with a single rudder, not twin rudders; a keel-stepped mast, while the others are deck-stepped; and with the mainsheet controls up on the coachroof, not in the cockpit, so you can have a proper bimini. It’s a fairly good value compared to its competitors, too.”

Speaking of the competition, Carol Hasse was enamored of the Hallberg-Rassy 40 MK II. “The joinery down below is exquisite,” she said. “The handholds and fiddles are exactly where they should be. There’s an amazing amount of standard safety gear. There’s no boat in the fleet that is more highly attuned to what is really seaworthy.”

Murphy concurred with that assessment. “As far as the fit and finish down below, this is bar none the one that I would most like to live in,” he said. If there was a strike against the Swedish-built yacht, it was that the MK II version was really an updated version of a popular 40-footer that’s been in production for nearly a decade, with more than 150 units already built.

The 41-foot X-Yachts X4, manufactured in Denmark, was the final boat in the class. “It’s in between the company’s Xp series, which is very directly performance-oriented, and their Xc series, which is cruising-oriented,” said Murphy.

“It has, I believe, the best structure of all the boats in this category,” he continued. “It’s a galvanized steel grid frame in the bilge of the boat. It gives the boat incredible stiffness. It’s also built with epoxy, which is the best resin you can build boats out of. They paid strict attention to the weight of the boat. I think they’ve largely hit their mark of providing more cruising comfort than their full-on performance boats do. And yet during our sea trials, it was clear they’d kept it a really nice sailing boat.”

Hasse agreed: “It was a lovely boat to sail, an effortless helm.”

Ed Sherman dug a little deeper. “It’s a quiet boat,” he said. “The construction level is very high. I loved the steel grid concept, and the fact that the boat could be lifted by one single eye that’s actually part of the frame and is pretty much an X-Yachts signature trademark. It speaks to the integrity of the build and the weight balance, because they literally just hook that one eye and yank it up.

“The thing we need to balance out,” he added, “is which side of the fence does it lean on? More toward the racer or the cruiser? In my opinion, it’s more toward the racer, but I also like it as a cruiser/racer. It’s a very versatile boat.”

When the final votes were tallied, Sherman’s colleagues readily agreed by naming the X-Yachts X4 the year’s Best Full-Size Cruiser Under 50 Feet.
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All The Way Around!

Xp 44, GarliX, completes the World ARC!



All the way around!
Congratulations to Xp44, Garlix on completing the World ARC!
You may remember when X-Yachts reported back in 2015 on the sailing yacht Garlix, the Xp44, who had just completed the World Cruising Club ARC rally and was getting ready to head off on an adventure of a lifetime taking part in the World ARC.

The Round the World Rally saw 24 yachts set off from St Lucia on a epic cruise together around the world making stops at Colombia, Panama, Galapagos, French Polynesia, Suwarrow, Niue, Tonga and Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, Mauritius, Reunion, South Africa, St Helena and Brazil before heading back up to the Caribbean.

We are delighted to report that after an amazing 15 months Garlix is now back in St Lucia and has finished the rally along with all the other yachts.

Owners Jens and Dagmar have said they have had a wonderful time on their trip and are currently in St Lucia having a well earned celebration with the other yachts. If you want to know more about their journey they have written a blog which is online at http://sy-garlix.de
However, their trip isn’t over yet! Garlix and her crew only have a short stop over in St Lucia before heading up to Tortola to prepare for ARC Europe . Starting on  7th May ARC Europe will seeing them back to Europe and back to where the adventure began.

 






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The Brand New X4

X-Yachts unveils the second model in its newest range of performance cruisers

X4 is the second model to be launched by X-Yachts in the brand new range, X. The first model in this range to be designed was the X6 which is set to launch in May 2016.
Designed to complement both the existing two ranges, Xperformance (Xp) and Xcruising (Xc), X models will offer both excellent sailing capabilites and a modern spacious interior. The new ‘X’ models will include innovative design features above and below deck, the latest build technologies and the use of exceptionally high quality materials. By introducing this range, X-Yachts continues sharing the passion for “Superb Sailing Pleasure”.

The X4 will be sailing by mid-Summer 2016 and be present at a wide variety of Autumn boat shows.

EXTERIOR

The hull is made using vacuum infused epoxy sandwich lamination technology to ensure maximum strength and safety. The X4 offers sailors a substantial keel weight and sail plan making it a dream to sail into wind and waves.

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Buying a Bluewater Boat

Thinking about purchasing a bluewater sailboat? Check out our article in Latitudes Magazine on choosing the perfect one.

https://issuu.com/worldcruising/docs/latitudes_usa_4_-_2015_web/31?e=8544992/31966528
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K A T A N A

" K A T A N A "
/kəˈtɑːnə/


noun
1. a long, curved single-edged sword traditionally used by Japanese samurai.

X-Yachts Xp44  " K A T A N A "  is here.
If you sail the Chesapeake, you may catch a glimpse of her transom this summer. For a closer look, join us at the Annapolis Sailboat Show this Fall.

 
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A Journey to X-Yachts

No, you are not looking at Sir Richard Branson's SpaceShip. This is a photograph of a brand new X-Yachts Xp44 (& her excited owner) shown in the spotless X-Yachts Production facility in Haderslev, Denmark. She is currently aboard a 7 Star Transport Ship en route to her new home in Annapolis, MD.

Below, New X-Yachts are in various stages of completion.

Xc Grid System

Xc Winches



Keel & Bottom Prep

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Thanks to all those who visited us at last weekend's Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show!

Impress your friends and family! Stay informed on all the latest FHY news! Be the first to view all our latest listings and price adjustments! .... by clicking on the link below and joining our mailing list!

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The Yacht (broker) Life

Interested in learning about the exciting life as Yacht Broker? Listen to this podcast of Andy Schell of 59 North, Ltd. interviewing Forbes Horton in our Annapolis office.

http://59-north.com/sailfeed/2015/3/30/forbes-horton
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This Island Packet 36 Estero is equipped with the finest and most modern cruising equipment available. One look and you will be amazed! Too much gear to list! Call today!

"Awaken"

2010 Island Packet Estero

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Tour

"Liberty"

2012 Jeanneau 50 Deck Salon



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Spring Snow

The beautiful Selene 53, "Bella" doesn't mind a little Spring showers snow during her survey & sea trial!
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New Listings

Forbes Horton Yachts is pleased to offer a variety of Sail & Power Vessels new to the brokerage market. We may be dodging blizzards these days, but the sun filled weekends of summer are not far off!  Whether you have weekend jaunts to St. Michaels in mind or are aiming to win the next Bermuda race we are here to make it happen regardless of your experience level.




"Noble"
2003 Hinckley WhisperJet 44
$475,000




"Coqueta"
2001 Sabre 36
$197,500





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X-Yachts Xc-35 Named Boat of the Year!


As predicted, the Xc-35 from X-Yachts has won over the critics on both sides of the Atlantic and has been awarded the prestigious Sail Magazine award for the best monohull 31-40ft.  The Xc series has filled a niche in the market in that it is ideally suited for those who like sailing fast without leaving comfort at the dock.  The Xc series is best described as a cruising boat with an attitude.  We have the only stateside Xc-35 in front of our Annapolis office and she will not be here long.  Here are what the critics are saying about the Xc-35...

“The new Xc 35 from X-Yachts is the smallest in the company’s line of cruising boats. The design work is by Niels Jeppesen, and he is a favorite designer of mine. My take is that the 35 is a hot rod-style family cruising boat. I like everything about it from the shapely stem profile to the traditional rake of the transom. This is a good-looking boat.”-Robert H. Perry

Read more:  http://sailingmagazine.net/article-1496-xc-35.html
“Construction quality, as on all boats produced by X-Yachts, is outstanding, with an emphasis on strength and security, thanks to a steel grid in the hull that carries the mast and keel loads. All in all, our judges deemed this an exceptional offering for cruisers looking for quality and performance in a boat less than 40 feet long.” –Sail Magazine
read more: http://www.sailmagazine.com/best-boats/best-boats-2015-xc-35
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X-Yachts XC 35 Sailing on the Chesapeake Bay

We had a great 2014 Annapolis Sailboat Show last week. We placed 3 new orders for  2015 X-Yachts and are excited to have an XC 35 right here at Bert Jabin's Yacht Yard. She is available for tours, test sails and purchase. Take a look at how she gently slices through the waters of the Chesapeake Bay on a test sail last week.

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Xc 35 Review

Read this review of X-Yachts XC 35 from Bob Perry of Sailing Magazine and then come visit us next week at the Annapolis Sailboat Show to review this vessel for yourself. The Annapolis Sailboat Show will take place October 9-13 at City Dock, Annapolis. See you there!
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Annapolis to Bermuda Race Begins Friday!

 The 19th biennial Annapolis to Bermuda (A2B) Race leaves from the Eastport Yacht Club on Friday, June 6th.  Be sure to track the progress of the race here.
The first Annapolis To Bermuda Race was established in 1979 with seven yachts that competed informally. The organizers determined there was sufficient interest for this type of race and it became an accepted biennial event starting in 1980. Since then the fleet has grown and now attracts both racing and cruising boats. The fleet is limited to 50 entries. This allows the committee and host clubs to be responsive to the needs of each entrant--a major objective of the race organizers.

The race has been structured to provide a combination of inshore and offshore racing previously not available. Divisions are established to insure fair matching for both cruising and racing boats.  A major objective is to enhance the art of navigation for more sailors. This includes piloting through the 125 miles of Chesapeake Bay coastal waters and navigation of the 628 mile offshore leg. A2B provides these challenges within a framework designed for safe offshore sailing. It enables many sailors to fulfill a lifelong ambition: a blue water passage to an island of coral with white sandy beaches and hospitable people.

 
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The Blue Angels are Back!

The Blue Angels returned with an incredible show for the first time since 2010. It was great to see so many familiar faces (and even more familiar boats) out on the water today. Go Navy!

© Jamie Horton Photography

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