Un voilier nommé... VIVE LA VIE
VIVE LA VIE
The story of our boat, VIVE LA VIE, is one we like to share because we find it a delightful one that always stirs up fine souvenirs…`
When we started looking for a boat in the year 2010, we realized very quickly that a KELT 39 would be THE one. Our priorities were the following:
a safe, sea-worthy vessel at least 10m long
built with a lifting keel (to be able to sail up rivers or in shallow water; moor close to shore)
with plenty natural light
able to sleep at least 6
dynamic at sea, good sailing performance
Although the KELT 39s are older boats (ours is 31 years old), they are known for being well-built and pleasant at sea. In the autumn of 2010, we found one in good condition for sale in Dartmouth, England. We excitedly contacted the owner with whom we hit it off right away. He was enthusiastic and found our upcoming Mediterranean project quite exciting; however we had to act fast in regards to his boat, because another Frenchman was interested and was planning a future visit….We bit the bait.
We didn’t want to take any chances that the boat of our dreams would slip through our fingers...so within 24 hours we agreed on a suitable price, negotiated a loan with our bank and booked Thierry a flight for England that same week! He was sent with the mission to inspect the boat and decide if we should acquire it or not.
Upon his arrival, Thierry received a generous warm welcome from the owners Jamie and Anna. They opened their house to Thierry and made him feel right at home. After inspecting the boat, Thierry had the difficult decision to say yay or nay ….I was unreachable so the verdict was up to him. After a slight hesitation, he took a deep breath and said “yes!”
With Jamie and Anna, a friendship naturally arose and continues to this day…
Their “Eau Claire” became our “Vive la Vie”…She was cherished and coddled in Dartmouth and still is today with us though in a completely different conditions!
In the summer of 2011 we set sail from Dartmouth in the direction of the Mediterranean. We had 5 weeks to sail 3,300 km / 2070 mi/ 1700 mm.
During the intensive month of sailing, we really put her to the test and boy did she really impress us with her seaworthiness and conviviality.
Dartmouth – Palavas les Flots was her first big escapade, but little did she know, another was in the making. We had just 6 months to prepare her for a Mediterranean adventure…During a period of 9 months, she became our home-away-from-home, keeping us safe and afloat has we sailed from France – to the Baleares islands – to Tunisia – to Greece – to Lebanon – to Egypt.
Upon our return to France in March 2013, VIVE LA VIE had a 3-year rest in the shipyard, Sterne Voiles, in Sète. Although she took a little jaunt to Corsica, she mostly got plenty of R&R and was subject to some major “home-improvements”!
We were getting her ready for her next big adventure….
VIVE LA VIE around the world!
History recap of VIVE LA VIE
1986 – Built in France; first owner was French
1990 - 2011: known as EAU CLAIRE; owners : Jamie and Anna Jameson-Evans;
home port: Darthmouth
2011: we acquired her and gave her a new name : VIVE LA VIE
gave our farewells to Dartmouth and set sail for the Mediterranean to
her new home port : Palavas-les-flots, France
2011 – 2012: Preparation for La Contrebasse Voyageuse Mediterranean video-musical
2012 – 2013: Mediterranean tour
2013 – 2016: Rest and preparation in Sète for a round-the-world tour
August 2016: Navigation from Sète to the Madeira islands
October 2017: Departure date - direction The Canary Islands - The Gambia - The Cap Verde islands
Length overall 37 foot 6 inches / 11.4m
Beam 12 feet / 3.6m
Draught max : 7 feet/2.13m min : 2 feet 8 inches 0,61m
Lifting Keel Centerboard (unballasted and operated by a winch)
Ballast 2.8 tonnes (sole plate at the bottem of the hull)
Displacement 7 tonnes.
Berths Up to ten berths in 4 cabins.
Water capacity 300 litres/ 95 US gal/ 78 UK gal
Diesel capacity 160 litres/ 42 US gal / 35 UK gal
Engine Yanmar 44 horsepower, 4 cylinder diesel with calorifier and hot water system.
Designer Vaton & Roseo
Propeller. Kiwi 3-blade
Rudders 2 (twin)
Cruising speed 5 knots
Maximum speed 7-9 knots