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About Andiamo

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Andiamo:

Specs:

Builder: Beneteau – Designer: Philip Briand

Documentation/Flag: US – USCG

Dimensions LOA: 50 ft 10 in/Beam: 15 ft 7 in LWL: 44 ft 6 in/Maximum Draft: 5 ft 11 in

Rig: Sloop

Engine: Perkins 4-236 – 85 HP

Ballast: 10,780 – Net Displacement: 28,600 (lbs)

The Andiamo Story…

Andiamo is a Beneteau Oceanis 510 (51’/15.5m LOA). She was built in France in 1989. She started her life as “Shiva”. She was operated as a charter boat for Moorings, the global yacht charter operation, in the Eastern Caribbean until about 1995. She was then purchased by a German sailor in St. Maarten. He sailed her off in her essentially “charter-equipped” state on a circumnavigation voyage that spanned almost five years. He ended the trip almost right where he started, in Trinidad.

She was then purchased there by an American family and delivered to Miami. The plan was for the family to live aboard her while getting her outfitted for the quintessential dream family cruise. It was not to be. Economics and financial hardships sank the plan, and she was put up for sale in 2003.

Enter, yours truly. I was living in LA, owner of one boat already (an Islander Bahama 30, that I miss dearly), and just coming out of an IT career that nearly killed me. About the same time, my then-wife and I decided that we would divest ourselves of everything and cast off on an open-ended, career-hiatus cruise. I had dreamed of this venture almost my entire life. It was the time to make it real.

I found Shiva while shopping through literally hundreds of boats on both coasts. Though I had checked out dozens of similar Beneteaus during my search, something about “Shiva” stood out. Maybe it was because of the boat’s rather unorthodox history, or the fact that she sat disheveled and in a chaotic state. And it didn’t seem right. But suffice it to say that she stood out to me from the first minute I stepped aboard. She had been sitting in Miami’s Dinner Key Marina for well over 2 years by then. She had been essentially abandoned by the family who lived aboard her. And for all intensive purposes, she appeared as if she were discarded. Forgotten.

I can’t really explain it, other than to say that this particular boat spoke to me. Though not even in the least showable state, she stood head and shoulders above even the most bristol boats I had checked out up until that day. She “told” me in no uncertain terms, despite all appearances, that there was still a lot of life left in her. With the right owner/captain, she would deliver some serious adventure and amazing memories. Being stuck in some city marina was not where she was meant to be. This was NOT where she was meant to end her life. It was almost as if she was saying “come on, let me show ya…”, with a wink.

After doing the necessary due diligence, getting her surveyed, and doing a fun little test sail in Biscayne Bay, I signed the dotted line.

Shiva became “Andiamo” on February 1st, 2004. We spent the next four months rehabbing her back to life. And though the work took double the time we projected, and probably triple what I initially budgeted, she sailed out of Miami in late July 2004, never looking back.

As evidenced on this blog, I will argue that she has delivered way beyond the call of duty thus far. I know my life will never be the same thanks to my hardy boat. The experiences and adventures she has given me first hand will never cease to amaze me. How she stood by me during even the most trying times, protected me from the most terrifying furies of nature, and gave me friends all over the world. And much more than that, benefits way too incredibly numerous to mention. All because I listened to her on that fateful day in Miami.

Furthermore, I suspect there are many other people, hundreds of them, who have sailed aboard her that have similar sentiments. Though she’s in a rather “working” mode in what can be considered the Caribbean’s most beautiful, pristine cruising grounds, I’m sure she’s happy. I suspect that there is nothing she’d rather be doing than doling out the memories and adventures for people from around the globe, who join together aboard her.

Hey, it sure beats sitting at some dock in Miami. 😉

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