I started working as a commercial diver offshore, in August 1975. Mainly in the North Sea, but also in various other oil fields around the world. After 15 years of working away from home, with a little bit of pressure from my then wife, I decided to try something else, slightly different. I eventually then became a yacht owner.
Yacht Owner of Wooden Motor-sailor “Glaros”
I saw an advert in a business paper (Dalton’s Weekly). There was a part ownership of a diving school in Corfu, Greece, for sale. I liked the idea of being my own boss, and diving was something I knew all about. So we moved to Corfu, and I worked in this successful school for 4 years. We became so busy, that in 1990 the company purchased the 22 meter wooden motor sailor “Glaros”. This allowed us to take holiday makers to the dive sites on our own boat, avoiding the cost of chartering boats each day. In 1992, because of some differences with my Greek partner, I left Corfu and returned again to the North Sea. After several years, the tourist industry in Greece began a steady decline. The diving school started to take less bookings for the diving trips, and “Glaros” became an expensive overhead for the business.
Yacht owner with a love of boats
The boat lay alongside on the days there was no trips, and she didn’t get the care and attention a wooden boat needs. A decision was made to sell the boat, but there didn’t seem to be a market for a boat of this size, at that time. So she just sat alongside in a small harbor in Ipsos, Corfu, slowly deteriorating.
I have owned several boats over the years, and one of my last boats was a Westerly 33. I had the Westerly 33 for eight years and sailed her around the Mediterranean, and over to the Caribbean and back several times. She was eventually lost in a storm off Morocco, while on my way to Corfu. We spent 3 days in a life raft before getting rescued, which is another story I will tell later.
So I have always loved messing around on boats. When we first bought the boat in 1990 the company paid £100,000 for “Glaros”. They tried to get that amount back, but the price was eventually lowered to £80,000. Because of my love for boats, and also to recover the money I had in the business, I offered to take the boat off their hands. It was all agreed and everyone was happy, so I became the new proud owner.
Glaros is now ready to take you around the beautiful Ionian Islands. Check here for availability.
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