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Our Quixotic Catamaran Purchase!

We bought a 43 foot South African-built Voyage catamaran named Quixotic, a most appropriate name for an impulsive catamaran purchase. Quixotic means exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical; impulsive and often rashly unpredictable…. I think the name suits the endeavor and our current lifestyle perfectly!

Our new-to-us catamaran was one of the many boats driven ashore in severe cyclone Winston. If you look back at the pics we posted you will see her on her side, port hull underwater, and piled up with a few other boats on the rocks. As you can assume, she is a project boat. She has many holes in her strongly-built hull, currently doesn’t float, was pulled up onto the beach in her current location, has her engine and saildrive removed from the port hull, and most all of her electrical on the port side is a write off. The good news is that most of the rest of her is OK. Her rig looks fine, sails are OK, most major electronic systems are OK, her skeg-hung rudders are OK, and the majority of her hull is water tight. So we have our work cut out for us. But it’s all possible and with patience and hard work we will return her to her former glory.

We aren’t usually of the mindset that things happen for a reason but I must say that we sure have that overwhelming feeling that we were suppose to be here at this time to save Quixotic and make her our new floating home. We couldn’t be more excited. We also need to thank Bruce “the Pirate” for tipping us off about Quixotic being for sale – he knew we’ve been looking for a wrecked cat for years – thanks again buddy!!!!

Once she is patched up, cleaned up and back together she will be an incredible vessel and outstanding living platform. She boasts four queen size staterooms, three heads, an expansive galley and salon, hard dodger, large solar array, a 25 foot beam, and is well equipped. NOW we have room for our friends and family so start dreaming of your trip to Fiji! She is also fast and can reach double-digit speeds!!

Thank you again to Ed and Nila, the former owners for trusting us and being our friends. We promise to take great care of Quixotic and will work diligently to see her sailing again soon. We wish you both the best of luck and happiness wherever your next adventure takes you. 

Well, as you can imagine, we have another full day of work ahead of us so must sign off, don sunscreen and bug spray, hydrate and get back to work!

Cheers from Savusavu,

Lewis & Alyssa

I've been carrying this book for years and scanning the horizon and reef breaks for my wrecked catamaran.....well we found her!
I’ve been carrying this book for years and scanning the horizon and reef breaks for my wrecked catamaran…..well we found her!

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Coming back to Ellie at anchor after a hard days' work. Not a bad place to be stuck for a while after all...
Coming back to Ellie at anchor after a hard days’ work. Not a bad place to be stuck for a while after all…