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About the name...
Uliad is the original name of our yacht. The Uliad were a tribe of ancient Irishmen who lived in Northern Ireland (near what is now Ulster) around 100-600 AD.
The previous owner described the tribe to us as "Irish Vikings". Apparently they had quite a reputation back then for being invincible. We liked that quality in a boat and decided to keep the name. Since Steve is of Scandinavian heritage, and Kathleen is half Irish, the combination fits our family well.
Here are our opinions of equipment we have used and companies & individuals we have hired to work on Uliad.
About Uliad.net website
I created this website with a free template downloaded from the internet. I have been using Microsoft Expression Web to modify and customize the template.
The blogging software was purchased from Coffee Cup Software and used for the "pre-cruising" blog. I eventually found I didn't care for it and went to standard web page creation for the ship's log after that.
We host our site as well as our email accounts through GoDaddy.com. I've been very satisfied with their service so far.
Uliad is a 52 ft. long aluminum hulled pilothouse sloop. It was designed by naval architect Dieter Empacher, and built by Kanter Yachts in St. Thomas, Ontario in 1992. Her original layout is shown below. We have since modified the forward starboard cabin into a double bunk:
Our Refitting for Cruising:
When we found Uliad in November of 2006, we found a sound, safe cruising boat that had been neglected at her mooring for a few years. Here are some of the projects we undertook:
After our first season of full time cruising, we hauled out in Chaguramas, Trinidad for a few more modifications:
Updates in Raiatea, French Polynesia:
Refitting done in Whangarei, New Zealand 2011
Repairs in Darwin, Australia 2012
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