For the last few years, I’ve been searching around the Internet for mention of my last yacht ‘Narena’. Well I finally found her, alive and well in the Mediterranean.

This photo was taken in November 2008, at a marina on the island of Leros. She is currently owned by an Italian couple, Giorgio and Antonella. It’s extremely gratifying to see that some 14 years after being painted, she still has the original paint job, and from what I can see has not had any structural change.

In the early ‘90s I bought the steel hull, and had it fitted out by shipwright Greg Vining, at Eprapah Creek, Victoria Point. She was launched somewhere around 1995 and spent a couple of years around Brisbane and Moreton Bay, before going to Melbourne. I sold her in late 1998 to Bruce and Cheryle Matthews, who planned to sail around the world. The last I heard of Narena (until now) was a report that Narena had been involved in a pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden, on 9 March 2003. Read an account of that attack, here.

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  1. Hi Glenn. The boat looks great you should be so proud as I know what such a huge undertaking it is, it’s also such a joy to see Narena again, please contact me as i have information on “Leanne Marie” that you might find interesting. Regards Cheryl.


  2. Hi Glen, just found your blog. Thought I would let you know about Narena. We left Phillip Island in 2000 and left Aus in 2001. We sailed Narena slowly through Indonesia and then on to Turkey. We sold her in Turkey to Antonella and Georgio in 2003., We were there to wave them goodbye as they sailed off in Narena to The Red Sea and possibly Indonesia and Australia again. We loved her dearly but were going to live onboard for many more years and decided to get a bigger yacht. Georgio worked as a “mariner” and did marine maintenace on other yachts. He looked after Narena beautifully. We still miss her, and have fond memories. We sailed all up for 10 years, coming home every year to work for 6 month intervals.
    All the best. Cheryle and Bruce on yacht Sea Dove


    1. Thanks Cheryle and Bruce, it’s great to get this update. I know that David Wright, who built the hull, had the vision of this boat sailing around the world’s oceans. And I certainly did. But things change and plans don’t always come to fruition. It’s pleasing to know that Narena has been used for what she was built, cruising around the world, and that you were the people that finally got her on her way. Cheers.


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