August 18 2014
Laura and I have successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean in our magnificent Selene 49ft ocean trawler Hakuna Matata.
I also cannot find any evidence of ANY Selene Trawler crossing the ocean as of this date 08/6/2014 so in fact then we are not only the first Selene 49 to cross the Atlantic, but are the first Selene trawler ever to cross the Atlantic ocean on her own bottom, period.
We had to feed "Hercules" our 330 HP QSL9 Cummins engine 3848 litres of diesel to do the crossing. The crossing was made so easy for Laura and myself by this truly trusty sea going trawler with her 2.54 A/B ratio, her cruising stern and deep cruising keel and large airfoil rudder making her stable and safe in all the various seaways we encountered on our crossing. We made the crossing with only the two of us aboard i.e no crew, unassisted and as a single boat.
The crossing was made from Mindelo, Sao Vincente the Cape Verde islands to Brazil which took us 8 days.
Despite our previous major setback Laura and I with no crew have sailed our magnificent boat all the way from Holland to Helgoland then down the English channel, across the bay of Biscay, then down the west coast of Europe ie Spain and Portugal then across to Morocco then across to the Canary islands down to Senegal and Gambia, then back up to the Cape Verde islands and then across the Atlantic Ocean.
We have travelled in excess of 6500 nm in Hakuna Matata, smiling from cheek to cheek with our achievement and with great joy and satisfaction in making such a fantastic choice as to our purchase of a Selene trawler.
If anyone out there would like to know more detail about our trip or our magnificent Selene 49 Hakuna Matata, or more about our sabotage and the outcome please feel free to email me at kevin@yachtHM.com or you can contact me on my facebook search for Kevin Katzke where you can find all my stories on Hakuna Matata since we have owned her.
by Kiki Bosch