Episode 52 of The Sailing Podcast is with Franz Amussen about Sailing in the Mediterranean. Franz decided to build a Bristol Channel Cutter after being inspired by Lin and Larry Pardey and their stories of adventure in Seraffyn.
Franz built his Lyle Hess design in his backyard and, after spending some time in the San Juan Islands, he sailed over the to Mediterranean and has spent the last 17 years travelling back and forth for Mediterranean sailing adventures.
In this episode we hear about:
- Racing on the Great Salt Lake in Utah
- Crossing the North Atlantic in a storm
- The Sailing in the Mediterranean podcast
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Sailing in the Mediterranean
One of the things that stood out for me during this interview, apart from all the great advice on the Med, was how Franz has been able to spend so much time sailing. Instead of having to give up his home, his work and his lifestyle Franz has managed to enjoy extended trips sailing while still having a home and a job to return to. He has probably fitted in as much sailing over the past 17 years as anyone who has taken a world cruise.
In a great segue from Episode 51 with Lin Pardey, Franz describes how he had a hull and deck built by Lyle Hess and delivered to his back yard in Salt Lake City. The Pardey stories of adventures in Seraffyn led Franz to decide on the Bristol Channel Cutter design and I am sure Franz mentioned Larry coming to see his project at some stage. The books about Seraffyn include:
Seraffyn’s Mediterranean Adventure
We also heard about another Bristol Channel Cutter in Episode 20 with Justin and Linda Tyers about the book Phoenix from the Ashes: The prettiest boat you’ve ever seen
Franz also has a sailing podcast called ‘Sailing in the Mediterranean’, which you can find in iTunes or download from his website at www.medsailor.com. Another interesting thing Franz has done is create a set of audio lessons for people needing to get a basic sailboat certification. Some people get this to allow them to charter yachts while overseas. You can check out his course using these link:
Basic Keelboat Certification Lessons for the ASA 101 Exam, Vol. 1 Of 3 – Franz Amussen
Basic Coastal Cruising; Lessons for the ASA 103 Exam, Vol. 1 Of 2 – Franz Amussen
Bareboat Cruising Certification Lessons for the ASA 104 Exam Vol 1 Of 3 – Franz Amussen
We also spent some time discussing how to ship your yacht to other places. The interview I did with Sevenstar Yacht Transport was back in Episode 46. Franz also suggested just going boat shopping in the Mediterranean instead of shipping your yacht and I bet there are plenty of yacht to find.
This week I have begun to listen to the audiobook ‘As Long as it’s Fun’ about the adventures of Lin and Larry Pardey. I think it is a fascinating story and the audiobook is really well produced. Don’t forget I have a promotion to offer from Audible that will let you get one free credit to download a book on Audible by trialing their monthly plan. You could use it to try out a copy of the biography – As Long as it’s Fun.
Just go to www.thesailingpodcast.com/free and this will redirect you to the Audible Trial Website. You can get a free audiobook by trialing their monthly plan. Even if you decide to cancel before your 30 day trial ends, you get to keep the audiobook.