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Bling


21 May 2019 | Last update: 28 Jun 2019

You can never have too much bling on an old boat.

This is my Taylor diesel heater. Nice and simple, and runs on fuel I already carry - it's nice not to need to carry yet another liquid for heating.

But - I don't actually rate the Taylor heater. It came with the boat, so I didn't buy it, but they are stupendously expensive for what they are - some sheet brass and a very simple burner.

Also, brass is pretty, but it has no place on a boat, in my humble opinion. The saltwater turns it a dirty, uneven greeny colour in no time. Unlike bronze, which is a structural metal (almost as strong as steel), and which turns an attractive green, brass is just there to be decorative, and as soon as the salt gets to work - it isn't.

If I was equiping the boat from scratch, I'd have a stainless steel diesel heater. Just as much bling, much tougher construction, and cheaper.

Now, Taylor toilets are a whole other thing. Bombproof and wonderful. But even so, not worth the £10,000 price tag. I'll write a blog about my Taylor toilet one day. A bog blog...

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Sailing on the coast of Barcelona

In my experience sailing can be a great and challenging adventure and it can be very relaxing chilling out. It all depends on weather and season. I have tried sailing on this boat both in rough weather and in nice summer days and I love both experiences.
Signite | Barcelona, Spain | 1 March 2013

Fantastic day of sailing!

What a great experience! We went sailing with Dave in early April for my birthday. Dave is fantastic and Gemini is gorgeous! Seeing Barcelona from sea was gorgeous. Can't recommend doing this enough!
calitravels48 | Los Angeles, California | 21 April 2015

A perfect way to spend the evening

I booked Classic Sail as a gift for my friends on our last night together in Barcelona. The booking was easy, communication thorough, and it was easy to find the boat. Dave got us out away from some of the noisier groups so we could enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean during the sunset. He was available but unobtrusive, and seems to be a great captain and lovely person. Six thumbs up!
Katy S | | 31 July 2018

All aboard for a great day sailing

Family and friends were in Barcelona for an upcoming wedding. Following days of walking and sightseeing, we enjoyed a beautiful sunny day aboard Gemini with Captain Dave. This sailing experience shows Barca in a different but beautiful light. A highlight of our trip.
Stewart A | Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | 20 June 2015

Great experience sailing

This was very nice way of spending some quality time for our family. Views when out in the sea are just mesmerising. And it is a good way to get some fresh air and cool down a bit from the city heat. Especially we loved the option to swim out in the sea away from beachside chaos.
AnceA2 | | 6 September 2018

Sail Gemini!

The environment was more like a friend taking you out on a boat, rather than a cookie-cutter tour boat. Dave the skipper was an excellent guide, pointing out sights on the water and across the Barcelona cityscape, and even let a couple of us take a turn at the tiller (no scrapes, thankfully!) I recommend this to anyone who wants a REAL experience out in the waters off Barcelona.
Andrew M | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | 2 August 2014

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