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The Further Adventures of GREY WOLF

The Further Adventures of GREY WOLF

Feat. FPB 78#02 GREY WOLF II.

Since FPB 64 GREY WOLF’s 2014 ‘The Long Voyage Home’ – an epic journey from Whangarei in North Island to the Channel Islands via Tahiti, and the Panama and onward across the Atlantic, GREY WOLF continued to cruise extensively.

For The Long Voyage Home owner Peter Watson was ably assisted by his crew of Tony Jones, Jeff Holden and the Berthon apprentice that joined the crew on each leg of the journey – Jack Gunstone-Smith (3rd year Shipwright at the time) in New Zealand, Ben Pearcy (2nd year Marine Electrician at the time) in Tahiti, Nathan Smith (1st year Marine Engineer at the time) in Panama, Dan Pilcher (1st year Marine Electrician at the time) in Bermuda.

A voyage to the Mediterranean was followed by a glorious trip to Norway in 2015 where she and her crew received the accolade of being the FPB that has sailed the furthest North and that record still holds!

See a little about GREY WOLF and her breeding here

Whilst this was going on, a new larger GREY WOLF was taking shape at Circa Marine in New Zealand and so it was that FPB 78 GREY WOLF II was launched in 2017 for trials and some glorious Pacific cruising…

See a little about the new FPB 78#02 GREY WOLF II here

So now the time has come for the new GREY WOLF II to follow in her smaller sister’s wake and to continue to cruise far, under the command of her owner Peter Watson.

As before, Peter has generously offered the opportunity for some more Berthon apprentices to join him for ‘The Further Adventures of GREY WOLF’.

Starting in Mangareva, French Polynesia – her first port of call will be Chile, as she makes her way to the cold of the Antarctic.

We invite you to follow these adventures and to join us to see how GREY WOLF and her crew fare exploring this extraordinary part of Planet Earth…


Grey Wolf II Blog

We (the Berthon landlubbers) bring you the first leg of Marine Electrical apprentice Daniel Savin’s voyage on-board FPB 78 #02 GREY WOLF II; this time on video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1p_ee83izw Re-read his daily diary for this period here – https://www.berthon.co.uk/greywolf/from-the-uk-to-mangareva-and-then-onwards-to-open-sea-fpb-78-grey-wolf-ii/ FPB 78 #2 GREY WOLF II’s voyage continues! https://www.facebook.com/berthongroup/ https://twitter.com/BerthonGroup https://www.linkedin.com/company/berthon/ https://plus.google.com/+BerthonGroup Future videos to be found here – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLY9iMxMOj4rhevM_bN8aadl2HW5sENugt. Scheduled updates will continue to be posted here – https://www.berthon.co.uk/greywolf/ Our apprenticeship programme is one of the… Read More...

It has been some time since we filled you in on the goings on aboard FPB 78 GREY WOLF II. We have been hurriedly collating the GBs of information that have returned from both Dan and Steph’s recent voyage. This content is in the pipeline, but because we don’t want to inundate you with short teaser length videos, there will be a short pause for which we apologise. In the meantime, we thought we’d draw… Read More...

Day 20 – Tuesday 4th December: Destination: Tierra del Fuego (Glaciers) Today we had to do a bit of travelling to get to the next glacier spot. Again more beautiful mountains and views for us to see. We arrived around midday. The waters were so blue and we could see one of the glaciers from where we had dropped anchor. Peter and I tried yet again to fix the washing machine. After about 2 hours,… Read More...

A note from Berthon’s Lymington HQ landlubbers. We will be taking a short pause with updates for the holiday season. Make sure you tune back in early 2019 for the end of Steph’s voyage and continued feature style content from FPB 78 #2 GREY WOLF II. Fair winds and good sailing this Christmas and New Year. To make up for the lapse in communication, herewith a 2nd video teaser to wet your appetites. As you… Read More...

Day 8 – Thursday 22nd November Location – Lat: 41º 29’ 37’’ S Long: 72º 59’ 40’’ W – Oxxean Marina, Puerto Montt, Chile Destination – Puerto Williams, Navarino Island, Chile via Fjords Today was the earliest I have woken up and I started work straight away. The sun was shining so Jerry and me decided to sort out the last of the boxes of food. We had to lower them down into the forepeak… Read More...

We (the landlubbers at Berthon’s Lymington HQ), following Dan’s triumphant return to home soil, would like to introduce the 2nd would-be intrepid apprentice adventurer to bolster GREY WOLF II’s crew – Marine Engineer Steph Jung. After leaving school Steph undertook a full time course at Brockenhurst College, studying Performing Engineering Operations at Level 2, and also completed work experience with our own Berthon Boat Company during that period. She subsequently began her apprenticeship at Berthon… Read More...

The Further Adventures of GREY WOLF are in full swing. The crew has recently bid a fond farewell to marine electrical apprentice Daniel Savin who, as you might expect, has thoroughly enjoyed his time on board FPB 78 #02 GREY WOLF II. Insights from our next would-be world traveller, marine engineer apprentice Steph Jung, start December 7th 2018, so mark your calendars. We hope that you will continue to follow Stephs’s adventure, and the apprentices… Read More...

Day 20 – Wednesday 7th November Location – S 41’15.100 W 75’22.700 It was all hands on deck today as it was the last day before entering Chile. This meant cleaning the inside of the boat from top to bottom, and eating any fresh produce in the galley to avoid it being confiscated by customs. Other than spending most of the day eating and cleaning, Simon also had the chance to teach me how to… Read More...

Day 13 – Wednesday 31st October Location – S 28’40.300 W 105’26.100 Today was the first full day back at sea and my final leg to Chile. The chart plotter was indicating that we have a total of 2,012 miles to cover, which will take approximately 8 days. When I woke up I had waves smashing against my cabin window, and the boat was rolling from side to side – more than I had experienced… Read More...

Day 8 – Friday 26th October Location – At Sea -S 26’36.591 W 119’51.480 Destination – Easter Island An un-eventful day at sea today, but un-eventful is good. We are 550 Nautical Miles from Easter Island, and we are due to arrive early Monday morning. Today I learnt about flying fish, these are little fish that have adapted little wings. When they feel threatened, or they are being chased by a predator, the can accelerate… Read More...