Alan and Margaret have been the owners of a Classic Integrity 440 named Adagio since 2018. As a shakedown cruise, they took Adagio from their base in Pittwater to Eden and back. The boat certainly lived up to their expectations and now they are planning a bigger itinerary.
Alan and Margaret were sailors and had long owned keel boats cruising to the Whitsunday Islands, Tasmania and Lord Howe. They had decided to make the jump to a motor yacht which could easily be handled just by them as a couple but did not want to lose the ocean-going capabilities of a yacht. Working with Sydney-based dealer, Adam Workman, they settled on the Integrity 440 in May of 2017 and set about tailoring her to their needs.
“There were a number of modifications we made to make her the ideal long-range cruising boat. For instance, she has a saltwater flushing toilet, so we do not deplete freshwater reserves on the long periods at sea. Much of her equipment has backup or redundancy systems and she was the first Integrity 440 to have a washing machine onboard. All things which make us less reliant on going ashore,” explained Alan.
It was the source of much jocularity from their sailing friends that they had chosen to go to the dark side of motor yachts. To combat the jibes, Alan and Margaret selected Adagio as the name. A musical term which means ‘performed in slow time’, they sent the clear message there would be no haring around, but the journey would be as meaningful as the destination.
In January 2019, Alan and Margaret set off for a 19-day shakedown journey down the New South Wales coastline to Eden and then back. Highlights included Jervis Bay and Eden itself, but the itinerary was extensive.
11/1 Morning Bay
12/1 To Port Hacking
13/1 At Port Hacking
14/1 To Jervis Bay
15/1 At Jervis Bay
16/1 Jervis Bay to Batemans Bay
17/1 To Bermagui
18/1 To Eden
23/1 At Eden
24/1 To Batemans Bay
25/1 At Batemans Bay
26/1 To Jervis Bay
27/1 At Jervis Bay
28/1 To Pittwater
29/1 To Home
The boat performed very well and so the next journey was to the Whitsunday Islands. In total, in 2019, the couple spent seven months living onboard. Their efforts in the design and build stage had paid off and they were able to use the boat just as they had intended.
NOW THE NEXT MAJOR JOURNEY IS IN PLANNING. TASMANIA.
Alan explained, “In our opinion, Tasmania has some of the best cruising grounds Australia has to offer. Yet there is a small window of time to see it all and you really need the right boat for it. We are hoping, borders pending, we will set off in January 2021 and take three months to get down, around Tassie and back to home. We are very keen to get to Port Davey as we love its wilderness.”
When asked what advice he would have for anyone considering a new boat, Alan offered, “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t buy a different boat. There is nothing like the integrity on the Australian market.”
Thanks Alan and we look forward to hearing about your cruise around Tasmania.