This was our 2013 Jayco Flight Swift 198 RD


Thursday 12 November 2015

A bit about Najade

Najade is a 37’ Goderich cutter rigged sailboat. Ted Brewer of Canadian fame designed her.  The actual metal work in welding this round chine sailboat was done in 1980 at Huromic Metal in Goderich, Ontario, Canada. We then took over the finishing ourselves with the help of a Danish ships carpenter who did a great job manufacturing a white oak interior of our design and the company Metro Marine, which did the exterior paint job.  The whole project took two years and we had her ready in 1982 when we moved onboard together with our teenage son.

Najade under anchor in Ft. lauderdale, Florida, USA

Najade under anchor in Palma de Mallorca

Najade in Poros, Greece

The navigation station

Navigation Station at an earlier time

Yes, that's me

This table/desk had a pullout top

First Christmas onboard

We read books all the time

The settee table top pulled out to double the size

View into the stateroom with double bed

The galley with fridge/freezer to the left
stove with oven and sink

View into the cabin
left side sliding door into the stateroom and navigation table
right side galley

Our son's forward cabin with desk, seating and bookshelf
to the right a single bunk

The cockpit

View forward to the bow

Electric windlass for anchor rode and chain

Najade being constructed in Goderich, Ontario

All welded up before the paint job

The inside of Najade with a tank up forward
behind it a drum for the anchor chain

The Volvo engine installed

Najade coming out of the paint and woodworking shop
left to right: me, Susie our dachshund, Carol the office girl
the crew of Metro Marine, in the middle Sam Pedersen the Master Carpenter
wearing blue coveralls

Najade out in the yard getting fitted with railings

We just Christened Najade with a bottle of Champagne
and we are looking at the bubblies running off the hull

We are being trucked to the Port Credit Marina

The happy skipper during the construction of Najade

Our first sea trial with makeshift systems

Saying goodbye to Toronto on our way south with Najade

Starting to enjoy the cruising life

Dominik, our son and me

I probably suntanned in the nude, therefore the half picture ;-)

I am working on the coconuts we just picked up off the ground in the Bahamas


  1. You definitely did it your way making certain that Najade fit your needs. You are both Explorers Extraordinaire having lived on the high seas and now on the ground.

    It's about time.

    1. It all started with our proper immigration to Canada and the lure of the distant horizon.