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"Queenie Rose of Swansea" Bruce Roberts steel ketch Lying Port Gruissan, France
We originally saw Queenie Rose advertised in Yachting Monthly and following a conversation with the owners arranged to visit.
Our immediate re-action - was WOW! Anne was unsure of steel appeal but when she had seen the yacht there was no second thoughts about new, low cost, lightweight boats made in Germany!! We immediately felt this could be our home for a period of time.
The yacht is a true blue water capable cruising yacht - superb for extended cruising or live aboard. Queenie Rose has completed a transatlantic return crossing (from the Mediterranean to Antigua and back). Superb accommodation in the classic designed yacht with two spacious well equipped double cabins. There are cupboards and lockers everywhere. Twin heads provides great independence / privacy for two couples. The yacht is designed with serious living space in mind - not for accommodating 10 people for weekend sailing! The yacht is designed for easy handling (with two people on board) and in comfort - with in mast furling, furling jib, superb steel dog-house, electric anchor winch etc. The teak decks give a real 'warm feel'. Plenty of space on the aft - 'almost flush' - deck for a couple of small chairs or just stretched out sun bathing.
Unfortunately ill health has shattered our dreams so we must reluctantly offer our dream to someone else.
Gruissan is an old attractive village and a new marina and associated properties were constructed some 20-30 yeas ago at Port Gruissan - walking distance. Although a very large marina it is divided into 3-4 separate basins making it more attractive than other complexes built at similar times.
The mooring fees are paid until the end of 2005. These fees are 2300 Euro (approx £1500 p.a). In practice we'd envisage a new owner being able to 'take-over' the moorings. I say this simply because that's is what we did - with no problem. We have also heard of or seen other craft remain in the same berth but with a change of owners!
This coast (the Languedoc) and continuing south down the French coast and the length of the Spanish coast are exceedingly popular and just having a berth at any price is a real bonus! We have met several people who have tried marina after marina without success!
Gruissan is around 10-12km from Narbonne which is an attractive town dating back to Roman times. There is a large Cathedral around a large central 'Square' and the canal runs through the centre of the city. There is a good rail service to/from Narbonne. There are some large supermarkets etc etc
Narbonne is also located on the the auto route / motorway running north - south from Montpelier via Narbonne then Perpignan and continuing along the Spanish coast to Barcelona. The auto route / motor way also branches to head inland from Narbonne towards Carcassonne and on towards Toulouse. Carcassone, Perpignan and Montpelier all have airports and within an hours drive. Carcassone is a great place with the largest walled castle in Europe (used to film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves) and many other movies. The airport at Carcassonne typically has just a handful (when it's busy) of flights per day - great to get in to and out of . These airports are all serviced by Ryan Air - we've been known to pay more for the sandwich than the ticket! Toulouse is around 2 hours drive and I have flown from there back to Southampton.
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