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Bling


21 May 2019 | Last update: 23 Dec 2020

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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A great sail

This will easily be one of my highlights from Barcelona. Very few things could be as relaxing as this lovely morning/afternoon voyage out into the sea. Dave was an excellent host, and took excellent care of us.
Kyle M | Dartford | 28 July 2018

Fantastic Afternoon

We had an amazing time with Cptn. Dave. It was the most relaxing part of our busy trip, and absolutely beautiful. There was not much wind when we went out, but we didn't care. It was comfortable and the views of the city were great. I'd like to be on that boat again, right now. Highly recommend, and the cost was reasonable and worth every cent.
juliebirditis | Bakersfield, California | 1 October 2015

Something different

Fantastic venture with Capt Dave for a surprise birthday gift for a friend. Beautiful boat, great views of Barcelona and fun watching the boat being operated by sail and hitting some descents speeds!
Al H | London, United Kingdom | 4 May 2015

Recommended!

We had a very fun afternoon sailing on Gemini with Dave. A lovely wooden boat with room for all our stuff and it was great to be able to take our own food and drinks onboard (there's an easily accessible coolbox!). It was fairly blustery when we were out so we got to experience some "proper" sailing and basking in the sunshine was great. My only tip would be - take some warm clothing if you're out later on towards the evening, we got a little chilly on the journey back but then it was only April! It was a highly memorable part of our trip.
Olivia B | London, United Kingdom | 6 May 2014

Perfect romantic evening

I planned a private sunset sail with my partner as a surprise while we were on holidays in Barcelona. it was perfect! Dave was wonderful, the boat was perfect, it was lovely to sit, eating some cheese and watching the sun set and the lights go on around the town. A very special experience - highly recommended! Thank you again Dave for a memorable evening
Mima_Pope | Darwin, Australia | 21 October 2015

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

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