Forlorn, unkempt, but she had beautiful lines. That was our first vision of Tientos as we motored down the moorings of Sadgroves Creek on our previous yacht, Coomalie, after another Kimberley trip. From the very first, despite Keith’s misgivings, Lea wanted that yacht! Surprisingly it was much later that we learned she had rather a famous history.
Several weeks later, on 9 November, she was ours! As she spluttered black smoke and brimstone all the way in the rain to Sadgroves Quay, Keith was distinctly apprehensive. However, two omens were present here if you believe in superstition; the number 9 and rain. As she was hauled out with her keel covered with years of marine growth, including nacre (with a distorted pearl) and scuttling crabs: “What the $#@! have we done…” says he. ‘No worries...” says she, “…only money”.
|And down comes the mast!|
|Amidst the chaos of a refit|
|Retro brown cork tiles covered the timber|
|Added deck boxes for the 4 LPG gas cylinders|
|Finally ready for launching|