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From raging storms crashing on to bleak rocky headlands to tranquil bays with crystal clear water lapping over white sand, the beauty and mystery of our oceans have long fascinated artists far and wide. Carolyn Tyrer, a keen artist and sailor, is no exception. Carolyn says "My inspiration for painting the sea and boats comes from my love of sailing. The...

It was a last-minute decision, but it was one that opened a whole new world to me. Before I knew it, I was on a yacht in Bermuda headed across the Atlantic Ocean, bound for Chichester, England. Three months later, I've got half a dozen Halcyon deliveries under my belt and the benefits of joining in with a yacht delivery...

As a yacht delivery company, we deliver sailing yachts and motorboats to various destinations all over the world. One of the main reasons for people to have a yacht delivered is so that they can explore and experience a new region. Whether you are seeking a warmer climate, remote wilderness, cultural diversity, local cuisine, epic landscapes or incredible wildlife there...

Crossing Biscay is never a small undertaking. It is a notorious sea area, very open to large Atlantic swells and with steep underwater shelving, the sea can be turbulent at the best of times. We were asked to assist the proud new owner of a beautiful new Lagoon 42 with the passage from Les Sables d'Olonne to Lisbon. At Halcyon Yachts...

Christmas is a time for giving, but what to buy the sailing fanatic in your life? Halcyon Yachts is here to help with 10 great ideas.   Halcyon Yachts have delved deep into Santa's sack and found some interesting and unique gift suggestions. Top ten Christmas Presents for a Sailor:   1. Rum - the sailors Tipple. Every sailor drinks Rum, don't they? If it's...

Following on from our Top 5 tips for crossing the Atlantic blog, we have been looking at how to keep your crew entertained on a long passage such as a Trans-Atlantic. Everyone has their own views on what makes crew happy whilst sailing, and a Skippers job of keeping a cohesive team unit focused on the goal of getting the yacht...

Superyacht quality and finishing at 42 feet The latest yacht delivery to be undertaken by Halcyon Yachts was to be thoroughly enjoyable and a very comfortable trip. The delivery was of a new Rustler 42 from Falmouth to Southampton in time for the 2017 Southampton Boatshow. Rustler Yachts will be exhibiting the yacht and promoting their brand at the luxury end...

I think we would all agree that a yacht should be well organised, clean and prepared for the passage ahead. When sailing on a journey that takes you offshore or on an overnight trip it is absolutely crucial to establish an effective watch system early on in the journey. A fair and well thought out watch system will help the...

Buying a new yacht is a big decision. Whether buying new or second hand, power or sail, the initial outlay and ongoing costs will no doubt make it one of your biggest and most important investment decisions ever.  The process should be an exciting and fulfilling experience and the satisfaction and pride of owning your own vessel can be truly amazing.  Owning a boat will...

It's a little-known fact that anyone regardless of age or experience can buy a yacht and go sailing without any formal training. This is the same whether it be a little sports-boat, day boat or a 150 foot Superyacht. It's not like a car where you must pass a driving test before you can legally drive on your own. Although in...

"The number one aim of the trip is come back alive," Ken Fowler tells me over a pint, while describing his plan to sail a 13' dinghy, single-handed for the 900 miles from Land's End to John O Groats. This is what he's promised his wife he will do but you can sympathise with her concerns, considering that the route...

At Halcyon Yachts we organise yacht delivery teams to travel to destinations worldwide to move yachts. Crew travel costs are normally passed onto the yacht owners at cost price. Halcyon prides itself on making sure that crew travel is as cost effective and kept as low as possible always with the customer's wallet in mind. Over the years, we have found...

What do you get the sailing fanatic in your family for Christmas? Undoubtedly, they will have already got the essentials such as wet weather gear, lifejacket, thermals, trendy shore jacket, boots, etc etc, so what's next? Halcyon Yachts, specialists in international yacht delivery, have come up with a few ideas that might help…. Gadgets: Everyone likes a gadget, don't they? Even the...

When the wind is in your hair, the sun is setting on the horizon and the yacht is gliding through the ocean, some want for nothing more than silence so as to absorb the atmosphere around them, whereas others like music to enhance the experience. Our yacht delivery skippers and crew cover millions of miles on a variety of boats and in...

As a professional yacht delivery company we come across boats in all states of repair and well maintained yachts bring comfort and reliability to the skipper and crew. A comprehensive off-season maintenance schedule may seem time consuming but it will generally cost you less in the long run. Using your winters wisely will help to ensure your summers are pleasurable...

As a seasoned victualler who has organised food on-board yachts from 25 foot to 100 foot, and from cross channel to round the world voyages, here are some top tips if you are given the unenviable duty of organising food for your next sailing adventure or yacht delivery. I actually enjoy the challenge of it, but if you don't I...

Everyone has their own favourite meal on a boat, and everyone has a meal that brings back memories, good or bad. For example, I cannot drink tomato cup-a-soup or coffee whilst on a yacht delivery, but I can sink gallons of tea and mushroom cup-a-soup! Yacht delivery crew tend to be a little less fussy on a boat especially if...

Most of us now use smart phones and tablets on a daily basis. We take for granted using these items ashore for making calls, accessing the internet, playing games and generally helping to aid our busy lifestyles. It is not surprising therefore that the smart phone and tablet are becoming one of the most frequently used tools by yacht skippers...

Beta Centauri - The Voyager of Hadar Beta Centauri is a delightful and quite unique sailing film. For any sailor the film offers blissful escapism as you join Captain Dino Poulson and his young daughter Sasha on their adventure around the world. The film has clearly been made on a budget and some of the finesse that you'd expect from a professional...

It takes a very special kind of person to become a yacht delivery skipper. You must of course be an excellent sailor, both hugely experienced and knowledgeable. You must also be a good leader, excellent at communicating, inspiring, at one with the vessel and crew and calm under pressure. You need to be conscientious, careful, in tune with the conditions,...