time to give you a great thank you. You have given us so much pleasure in watching your wunderful films, you´ve taken us to breathtaking coasts, have shown us beautiful sculptures made of mud by the tide. You´ve told stories about the regions you sailed and the people you met and you´ve let us have partaken in your personal impressions of your remarkable voyage. You shared your experiences with the boats, the engines, great english sailor cooking, your way of sailing. And your films are of a very high quality and the music is perfect.
I spent many winter evenings watching you sailing an it was such a pleasure. And I am looking forward so curious to the next films about scotland.
You don´t have a price for your films on the KTL internet page, although you give so much value.
Your voyage depends on the contribution of all of us blokes having so much fun and entertainment with your films.
I like it very much and obviously now it seems to be the right time to live it.
Dylan, I hope you will keep on turning left because there are so many coasts to explore, so many bays to discover and so many stories to be told.
yes she is really a lovely boat and I like sailing with her very much.
Here is the story as far, as I can tell it.
– wooden boat, mahagony on oak
– 11,3 meters length
– 3,5 meters wide
– 1,7 meters draft
– 9,5 tons displacment
– 70 squaremeters sail area
My best friend and I bought her in 2011 at the Baltic Sea coast and brought her to Bavaria to the Ammersee.
As you know to maintain a wooden boat is very expensive and nor I neither my best friend are rich men.
So it was clear that she has to earn money. So she is in duty and we offer event-sailing-trips for a few hours or a whole day and we do professional teamtrainings and leadership trainings for companies on board.
It is a lot to do but it runs pretty well and she pays her bills. What more can we ask?
The history of the boat is know back to 1952.
In this year she was in a dockyard at the german baltic coast to do some modifications and maintenance. Unfortunatly due to a flood all documents and papers of the boat have gone and were lost.
After this the owner of the dockyard sailed her until 1959 at the Baltic Sea. Then she was sold to the owner of a Hamburgian truckage company who sailed her in the North- and Baltic Sea until he died in 1992. He built in the Mecedes Benz engine of 1960 and it is still running excellent.
Then she was forgotten for 5 years and stood in a storage building on the island Fehmarn in the Baltic Sea until 1997. Our pre owner bought her an gave her a massiv restoration and sailed her until 2010 in the Baltic and North Sea.
Then he had no more time for the boat an fortunatly decided to sell her before she starts to die in another storage hall.
We were looking for a special boat to do our trainings and seminars and our events. She should be great enough for up to 13 guests, absolutly save and well looking. So we found her in the internet and here she is.
The history before 1952 is a little bit mysterious. There is absolutly no clue in the boat telling us when and where she was built, no plate, no sign in the wood left from a boautbuilder.
We asked the daughter of the shipyard owner about the boat. She gave us no reaction.
Then we found a boat in Hamburg looking accuate the same as ours and contacted the owner. The boat was nearly a copy of ours but 9,5 meters long, 3 meters wide so a little smaller. But the shape, the deck layout where nearly identic.
The history of that boat was known back to the building and so we guess that our boats history is familiar.
The boat in Hamburg was built in the early 1930th in Hamburg by a famous german boat buider named Max Oertz. He designed famous yachts like the “Meteor IV and V” of the german Emporer Wilhelm II and the „Germania“ the famous yacht of the Krupp family.
But he also built working boats. The boat in Hamburg was built as a pilot boat, to sail out from Hamburg to the mouth of the river Elbe. And so we guess that it´s the same with our boat. She is no pleasure yacht but a sea going vessel with a two berth fore cabin, a big salon, a tiny pantry an a little head.
And you can sail her singelhanded. And she can take pretty much wind.
What she did during the war and until 1952, where she was and who her owned? We have no idea and as it looks today we will never know it. Its her secret.
So we sail her, run the business, look after her and preserve her as good as we can and someday she will go to the next owner and we will be part of her history. Isn´t it a warm feeling?
Actually she has nothing to do with Sir Shackleton. Her name as we bought her was „Helga“, a quite nice german female name but not the right name for a boat with which guests should have a good time.
I admire Shackleton for several years, read a lot of and about him and he is also very interesting in the perspective of the art of good leadership. And he is a really cool and tough bloke.
So we decided to name her after him. Which is good because our guests love to hear the story of his famous antarctica expedition.
So that´s the story of out boat and attached you will find some more pics of her.
Hope you enjoy it.
Have a good time and I will still follow keep turning left with great pleasure and great respect.
Best for you